Washington College vs. Mcdaniel
March 18, 2006
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Sophomore midfielder Andrew Generazio (Springfield, VA/West Springfield/Bridgton, ME) scored the game-winning goal with 6:42 to play in the fourth quarter to give sixth-ranked host Washington College an 8-7 win over visiting McDaniel College in the Centennial Conference opener for both schools Saturday at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shoremen improved to 6-0 overall with the win, while the Green Terror fell to 3-2.

McDaniel's Steve Hoffman scored the first goal of the game with 9:31 left in the first quarter, but the Shoremen got a goal from Generazio at 8:32 and an extra-man goal from senior attackman Sam Lane (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield) off an assist from junior midfielder Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME) with 3:14 left in the first period to to take a 2-1 lead.

The Shoremen extended their lead to 3-1 when Ostrusky scored off a feed from junior midfielder Mike Hughes (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph) with 13:34 to go in the second quarter. The Green Terror answered with a goal by Kolyn Kirby at 6:57 and a goal by Matthew Buschman off a feed from Hoffman with 5:44 left in the quarter to tie the game at 3-3. Washington junior attackman Kevin Nolan (Clark, NJ/A.L. Johnson) gave the Shoremen a 4-3 halftime lead when he scored off a Read assist with 1:22 remaining in the period.

McDaniel's Brad Baer opened the third-quarter scoring with a goal 35 seconds into the period and Jared Nutter scored an extra-man goal off a Kirby assist with 8:21 left in the third period to put the Green Terror in front, 6-5, marking the first time Washington has trailed in the second half this season. The Shoremen answered by scoring the next three goals to go up, 8-6. Ostrusky got things started with a goal at 4:54, Lane followed with a goal at 3:31, and Read finished the run with a score with 1:21 left in the third. Chris Edmonds got McDaniel back on the board when he scored off a Baer assist with 42 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Green Terror knotted the score at 8-8 as Kirby flicked in a loose ball off a save with 9:26 remaining in the fourth quarter. Freshman attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) found Generazio in front of the goal for what would prove to be the game-winner at 6:42. McDaniel gained possession for the final time with 28.6 seconds left and successfully cleared the ball before it came loose with 12 seconds on the clock. The ball stayed on the ground until Washington junior defenseman Matt Sparks (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scooped it up just before time expired as McDaniel failed to get a final shot off.

Ostrusky finished with two goals and one assist for the Shoremen, while Lane and Generazio each scored one goal and Read tallied one goal and one assist. Kirby's two goals and one assist led the McDaniel offense, while Baer and Hoffman each added one goal and one assist.

Senior goalie Kevin Thibadeau (Cheshire, CT/Avon Old Farms) made 14 saves in the win for the Shoremen, including five in the fourth quarter. Ben Yingling made 15 saves for the Green Terror.

Washington held a 40-25 advantage in shots and a 34-23 edge in ground balls in the game. Senior defenseman Tim Kerr (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scooped up a game-high eight ground balls for the Shoremen. The Shoremen also won 12 of the game's 19 face-offs; freshman midfielder Thayer Damm (Huntington Valley, PA/LaSalle) led the way with an 11-for-13 performance on face-offs.

The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 3:00 p.m. game at Villa Julie.