Washington College vs. Mcdaniel
March 20, 2004
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Senior long-stick midfielder Tom Parr (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) won the game's final face-off with under one minute to play and sophomore Kevin Thibadeau (Cheshire, CT/Avon Old Farms) totaled 18 saves as third-ranked Washington College defeated visiting McDaniel, 8-7, this afternoon at Kibler Field in the Centennial Conference men's lacrosse opener for both teams.

The Green Terror (2-4, 0-1 Centennial) cut an 8-6 lead down to one when Pete Shaffer scored an unassisted goal with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Parr won the ensuing face-off and scooped up a ground ball as the Shoremen (7-0, 1-0) possessed the ball for the rest of the game.

Washington jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the contest as senior midfielder Stephen Berger (Columbia, MD/Mt. St. Joseph), sophomore attackman Sam Lane (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield), and senior midfielder Topher Brewer (Wilton, CT/Vermont Academy, VT) scored unassisted goals with 9:56, 8:42, and 6:11 remaining in the first quarter, respectively. The Green Terror got on the board when Jared Nutter found Jeremy Freed for a goal with 59 seconds left in the period.

Berger scored to push the lead to 4-1 with 11:33 remaining in the period. The Green Terror scored the next three goals, however, to knot the score at 4-4. Shaffer scored with 10:05 to play and Drew Abbamonte and Rob Weaver scored back-to-back goals with 4:50 and 4:34 left in the half, respectively. Weaver assisted on Abbamonte's goal. Washington took the lead for good as Berger fired in a goal with 42 seconds left in quarter to make it 5-4 at the break.

Washington scored the first two goals of the third quarter to extend the lead back to three at 7-4. Brewer fed senior midfielder Michael McWilliams (Essex, NJ/West Essex) for a goal at 11:21 and then found Lane for a score with 7:10 left in the period. Shaffer scored of an assist from Steve Hoffman with 1.5 seconds left in the third to trim the lead to 7-5.

Weaver opened the fourth quarter scoring by firing in the only man-up goal of the day off a Hoffman assist to make it 7-6 with 10:57 left. Brewer gave the Shoremen an 8-6 lead with an unassisted goal with 5:52 on the clock. Neither team would score again until Shaffer's goal cut the lead back to one.

Brewer finished with two goals and two assists for the Shoremen, while Berger tallied three goals. Shaffer's three-goal performance led McDaniel offensively, while Weaver contributed two goals and one assist.

Thibadeau scooped up a team-high six ground balls to go along with his 18 saves. McDaniel's Mike Korba made 21 saves between the pipes for the Green Terror.

McDaniel held a 32-31 edge in shots and won 11-of-19 face-offs in the game. The Shoremen held a 39-34 advantage in ground ball and converted 18-of-22 clear attempts. The Green Terror struggled clearing the ball at times, finishing 13-of-21 on clear attempts.