Washington College vs. Ohio Wesleyan
March 10, 2004
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Senior midfielder Stephen Berger (Columbia, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) scored four goals and assisted on two others to lead the fourth-ranked Washington College men's lacrosse team to a 10-6 victory over ninth-ranked Ohio Wesleyan this afternoon at Kibler Field. The Shoremen remained unbeaten at 4-0 with the win, while the Battling Bishops fell to 2-2 with the loss.

Berger opened the scoring with a goal off an assist from senior midfielder Brent Renner (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) with 13:57 to play in the first quarter. The Bishops answered late in the period with a pair of goals - the first by John Schlegel off a feed from Brian McCommons with 2:41 on the clock and the second just 38 seconds later as Chris Riehl scored off an assist from Jason Balmer.

The Shoremen controlled the second quarter, outscoring the Bishops, 4-0. Berger scored an extra-man goal at 14:04 off a feed from junior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney). Spivey then found freshman attackman Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME) for a goal at 12:44 and scored an unassisted goal of his own with 5:03 left in the half. Renner added an unassisted tally with 38 seconds showing to give the Shoremen a 5-2 lead at the break.

Spivey began the third-quarter scoring with an extra-man goal at 14:23 off an assist from senior midfielder Topher Brewer (Wilton, CT/Vermont Academy, VT) to push the lead to 6-2. The Bishops got back on the board when Balmer scored off a Riehl assist at 12:54 and Brian Small scored off a feed from Schlegel 30 seconds later to trim the lead to 6-4. Brewer scored the final goal of the quarter off a Berger feed at 4:39 to make it 7-4.

Schlegel scored two goals early in the fourth quarter to pull the Bishops back within one. He chalked up an unassisted goal with 11:57 to play and then scored off an assist from Kevin Lakani at 11:19 to trim the lead to 7-6. The Shoremen shut the door on the comeback attempt, however, by scoring the final three goals of the game. Berger scored an extra-man goal from Brewer at 8:57 and an unassisted goal at 6:34. Sophomore attackman Chris Dodge (Westfield, NJ/Westfield) rounded out the scoring with a goal off an assist from Berger with 3:36 on the clock.

Berger scooped up a game-high six ground balls to go with his six points. Spivey added two goals and two assists, while Brewer finished with one goal and two assists. Schlegel's three goals and one assist led the Ohio Wesleyan offense.

Washington senior goalie Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) made 15 saves in the win, while Ohio Wesleyan's Paul McCommons tallied 10 saves. The Bishops outshot the Shoremen, 31-27, but the Shoremen had a 43-34 advantage in ground balls.

The Shoremen's special teams had a big day as Washington converted three-of-six man-up opportunities, while stopping all six of Ohio Wesleyan's man-up opportunities.