Washington College vs. Mcdaniel
May 7, 2004
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Host Washington College scored the first eight goals of the second half en route to a 13-8 win over visiting McDaniel in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse semifinal this afternoon at Kibler Field. The Shoremen, who are ranked third in Division III, will play fifth-ranked Gettysburg Sunday in the Centennial Conference Championship Game. The Bullets won a thrilling 12-11 decision over Dickinson in today's other semifinal, which was also played in Chestertown.

The Shoremen (16-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Green Terror (8-8) in the opener as senior midfielder Stephen Berger (Columbia, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) and junior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored unassisted goals with 13:29 and 12:38 remaining in the first quarter, respectively. McDaniel got on the board when Rob Weaver scored with 6:31 left in the period and tied things up when Jeremy Freed scored off of a Jared Nutter assist at 1:36.

Washington opened the second quarter scoring when senior midfielder Brent Renner (Fairfax, VA/W.T. Woodson) scored with 12:49 on the clock, but Weaver found Pete Shaffer for a goal at 10:55 to knot the game at 3-3. WC senior midfielder Michael McWilliams (Essex, NJ/West Essex) gave the Shoremen their final lead of the first half when he scored off of a Spivey pass with 10:35 remaining. Freed fired in a goal off of an assist from Shaffer at 9:58 and Justin Merson scored at 9:02 to give the Green Terror their first lead at 5-4. The Shoremen tied the game at 6:29 when Renner scored off of an assist from Berger, but Weaver found Merson for a pair of goals with 4:21 and 2:29 remaining in the second quarter, respectively, to give McDaniel a 7-5 lead at halftime.

Washington came out firing in the third quarter as Renner scored off a pass from senior midfielder Michael Dyal (West Palm Beach, FL/Hotchkiss School, CT) with 12:37 left and then found Berger for a man-up goal with 10:11 to go. Renner picked up another assist at the 8:36 mark as he tallied the helper on a goal by freshman attackman Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME). Spivey then scored off of a Berger feed 34 seconds later as the Shoremen took a 9-7 lead. Ostrusky ended the third quarter scored with a goal off of an assist from senior midfielder Topher Brewer (Wilton, CT/Vermont Academy, VT) at 6:58.

The Shoremen pushed the lead to 11-7 early in the fourth quarter when Spivey scored an unassisted goal. A goal by Berger with 9:12 left and another from Ostrusky off of an assist from sophomore attackman Sam Lane (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield) with 4:25 to go gave Washington its biggest lead of the game at 13-7. Merson scored an unassisted goal for McDaniel with 50 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Renner and Berger each tallied three goals and two assists in the win for Washington, while Spivey finished with three goals and one assist and Ostrusky totaled three goals. Merson led the McDaniel offense with four goals, while Weaver tallied a goal and three assists.

Senior goalie Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) made 16 saves for the Shoremen, allowing no goals and recording 10 saves in the second half. Yost played all but the final 2:12 of the game. Mike Korba recorded 14 saves between the pipes for the Green Terror.

The Shoremen held a 49-26 advantage in ground balls and outshot the Green Terror, 46-32. Washington won 17 of the game's 24 face-offs. Senior long-stick midfielder Tom Parr (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) accounted for 11 of those face-off wins in his 16 attempts.