Washington College vs. Franklin And Marshall
April 17, 2004
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Senior midfielder Stephen Berger (Columbia, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) scored five goals and assisted on two others and senior goalie Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) made 20 saves as third-ranked host Washington College rallied from a three-goal halftime deficit to defeat visiting Franklin & Marshall, 10-8, in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Kibler Field. The Shoremen moved to 12-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play, while the Diplomats slipped to 7-3 and 2-2.

The Shoremen got on the board quickly to open the game as freshman attackman Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME) scored with 13:59 left in the first quarter. Washington increased its lead to 2-0 when junior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored an extra-man goal off of a feed from senior midfielder Brent Renner (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) with 4:22 left in the quarter. Kevin Kohl scored F&M's first goal at 2:33 and Chris Wathey scored off of an assist from Steve Welsh with 25 seconds left in the period to knot the score at 2-2.

The Diplomats scored the only three goals of the second quarter. Welsh started things off with a score off of a feed from Vandy Vanderwarker with 14:15 to play, Wathey followed with a a goal at 6:42, and J.B. Robichau made the score 5-2 in favor of F&M with a goal off of a Welsh assist with 5:10 left in the second quarter. F&M took that lead into halftime.

Berger opened the third-quarter scoring with an extra-man goal off of a Spivey assist with 13:25 left in the period, but the Diplomats answered 57 seconds later when Vanderwarker scored an extra-man goal off of an assist from Wathey to make it 6-3. The Shoremen closed the third quarter scoring with three quick unanswered goals to tie the score at 6-6. Berger scored off of an Ostrusky assist at 9:19, assisted on a goal by Spivey at 8:10, and scored a man-up goal off of an assist from Spivey at 7:16.

F&M regained the lead one last time early in the fourth when Colin Hanley scored 25 seconds into the period. Washington senior midfielder Michael Dyal (West Palm Beach, FL/Hotchkiss School, CT) tied the score at 7-7 with 13:54 left in the period off of an assist from Spivey to start another three-goal run for Washington.

The Shoremen took their first lead of the second half with 11:11 remaining when Berger scored off of a feed from senior midfielder Topher Brewer (Wilton, CT/Vermont Academy, VT) to make it 8-7. The Shoremen pushed the lead to 9-7 when Berger found sophomore attackman Sam Lane (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield) for a goal with 9:29 remaining. The Diplomats cut the lead to 10-9 when Vanderwarker scored off of an assist from Henry Kusjanovic with 7:38 to play, but could get no closer. Berger scored an insurance goal for the Shoremen with 26 seconds remaining.

Berger's five goals and two assists in the game all came in the second half. He scored or assisted on seven of the Shoremen's eight goals in the final 30 minutes. Yost made 13 of his 20 saves in the first half to help offset F&M's 20-12 advantage in shots during the first 30 minutes. Spivey finished with two goals and three assists in the win.

Vanderwarker and Wathey each scored two goals and recorded one assist for the Diplomats. Welsh scored one goal and assisted on two others. Mike Sartorius made 11 saves in goal for F&M.

The Diplomats held advantages in shots (35-28), ground balls (38-31), and face-offs (12-10) in the game, but went one-for-three in man-up situations, while the Shoremen were three-of-five.

Washington's current 12-game win streak ties the school record for consecutive wins in a single season. That record was set by the 1949 team and equaled by last year's squad.

The Shoremen are back in action Wednesday with a 3:30 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Haverford.