Washington College vs. Franklin And Marshall
April 25, 2003
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD --- Junior goalie Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) made 19 saves as the fifth-ranked Washington College Shoremen defeated eighth-ranked Franklin & Marshall, 13-6, in the Centennial Conference semifinals this afternoon in Chestertown. The Shoremen (11-2) will play five-time defending conference champion Gettysburg Sunday in the Centennial Conference Championship game. Gettysburg defeated McDaniel, 9-8, in overtime in today's other semifinal.

The Shoremen took a 3-0 lead over F&M (11-3) and never looked back. Sophomore attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored the first goal with 13:24 left in the first quarter and assisted on the second, finding senior attackman Chris Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Boys' Latin) with 1:51 left in the first. Senior midfielder Craig Earley (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) scored with 12:27 to play in the second to make it 3-0. The Dips got on the board when Steve Welsh fed Bryan Nolan for a goal with 9:50 left in the second to make it 3-1.

Washington would score five of the next six goals, however, to open up an 8-2 lead at the half. Junior midfielder Steve Berger (Columbia, MD/Mount St. Joseph) assisted on two goals, one by junior midfielder Michael Dyal (West Palm Beach, FL/Hotchkiss School, CT) with 9:32 left in the period and one by Spivey with 8:32 to go. Welsh then found Bas Solleveld for F&M's second goal at the 5:26 mark, but the Shoremen scored just 12 seconds later when junior long-stick midfielder Tom Parr (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) won the face-off, scooped up the ground ball, and fed a streaking Spivey for a goal. Edwards added an unassisted tally at 1:58 and junior midfielder Brent Renner (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) did the same to give WC its six-goal cushion.

The Dips scored first in the third quarter as Jon Singer fired in a goal at 14:32. The Shoremen answered with a pair of goals as Berger found sophomore midfielder Topher Brewer (Wilton, CT/Vermont Academy, VT) at 12:38 and Spivey fed Dyal at 12:18 to push the lead to 10-3. Nolan the scored for F&M off a pass from Solleveld at 9:20, Washington junior midfielder Randy Vane (Sparks, MD/Gilman School) scored at 6:35, Nolan scored off a pass from Colin Hanley at 5:29, and Vane scored again at 1:46 to make the score, 12-5, in favor of the Shoremen at the end of the third.

Solleveld scored F&M's final goal with 10:14 remaining in the fourth. Edwards ended the scoring for the Shoremen with a goal off a Renner assist with 5:40 left in the game.

Yost added four ground balls to his 19-save total. Spivey led the Shore offense with three goals and two assists. Edwards tallied three goals, while Berger recorded three assists. F&M was led by Nolan's three goals, while Solleveld added two goals and one assists. Mike Sartorius made 21 saves for the Diplomats. In the second game, Gettysburg's John O'Bannon scored a career-high six goals, including the game-winner with 1:09 remaining in overtime, and added one assist. O'Bannon's game-winner came off an assist from Evan Gallant. The Bullets (11-4) scored two goals in the final 1:22 of regulation to force the extra period. McDaniel (10-3) was led by Joe Ellis, who scored four goals and had one assist in the loss.

The Shoremen will host Gettysburg in the championship game Sunday at 2:00 p.m.