Washington College vs. Nazareth
March 9, 2002
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- The fifth-ranked Washington College Shoremen made a statement today with a dominating 18-7 win over visiting Nazareth, the third-ranked team in Division III. The Shoremen (3-0), who lost to the Golden Flyers (0-1) 8-4 last season, scored at least four goals in three of the four quarters in today's contest. Senior attackmen Jon Fellows (Millington, MD/Kent County) led the way for the Shoremen with a five-goal, five assist day.

Nazareth struck first in the game when junior attackman Justin Wahl (Penn Yan, NY/Penn Yan) scored off a feed from sophomore attackman Justin Reeves (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) with 11:48 to play in the opening quarter. WC sophomore midfielder Brent Renner (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) evened the score off of Fellows's first assist of the game with 9:38 to go in the period. The teams exchanged goals again before Nazareth senior midfielder Jared Koopman (Waterloo, NY/Waterloo) scored off a pass from junior midfielder Erik Sullivan (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) to give the Golden Flyers their final lead of the game at 3-2 with 4:56 left in the period.

The Shoremen opened things up in the second quarter by scoring the first three goals, all unassisted. Fellows scored at 14:31 and again 19 seconds later and senior midfielder Brad Hopkins (Kennedyville, MD/Kent County) followed at 11:38 to give the Shoremen a 5-3 lead. Wahl scored to cut lead back to one with 8:08 to go, but the Shoremen scored three goals in 38 seconds near the end of the half to open up an 8-4 edge at the break. The second of those goals materialized in just 13 seconds as Hopkins won a face-off and senior defenseman Jeremy Shannon (Brookeville, MD/Sherwood) scooped up the ground ball, raced down field and passed off to Fellows, who shoveled in a shot for the goal.

In the second half, Golden Flyer senior attackman Avery Burke (Homer, NY/Homer) scored off a Wahl assist at 11:49, but the Shoremen would score the next six goals to put the game away. When Fellows scored his final goal of the day off a Hopkins assist to cap off the run, the Shoremen took a 14-5 lead with 8:58 left in the game. Renner scored the final goal of the game, unassisted, with 2:53 to play, to give the Shoremen their largest lead of the day and finish off the 18-7 win.

Washington held a 49-30 advantage in shots, but took 33 of its shots in the first half. In the second half, the Shoremen shot just 16 times, but fired with deadly accuracy, connecting ten times in the half (62.5%). The Shoremen also held 55-38 edge in ground balls in the contest and won 17 of 26 face-offs. The Golden Flyers were whistled for 15 penalties in the game, including eight in the fourth quarter alone.

Fellows's ten-point performance bested his nine-point effort against Widener two weeks ago. Senior attackman Craig Rentch (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis) handed out three assists and scored a goal of his own, while sophomore midfielder Stephen Berger (Jessup, MD/Mount St. Joseph) and Renner each netted three goals. Junior midfielder Chris Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Boys' Latin) and sophomore midfielder Randy Vane (Sparks, MD/Gilman School) each added two goals for WC, while Hopkins finished with one goal and one assist. Freshman goalkeeper Alex Pirani (Woburn, MA/Winchester/Bridgton Academy, ME) made nine saves and allowed seven goals before being pulled with 54 seconds left.

Wahl led Nazareth with two goals and two assists. Burke and Koopman each added two goals, while Sullivan wound up with a pair of assists.

The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 4:00 p.m. game against Messiah at Duke University.