Washington College vs. Widener
February 26, 2006
The Game Story:
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Junior midfielder Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park,
MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME) scored the game-winning goal on an extra-man
opportunity with 1:58 left in the first overtime period to lift host
Washington College past visiting Widener University, 10-9, in the men's
lacrosse season opener for both schools this afternoon at Roy Kirby, Jr.
Stadium.

Washington scored the first goal of the game when senior attackman Sam Lane
(Fairfield, CT/Fairfield) scored off an assist from junior attackman Chris
Mancini (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Prep) with 11:59 remaining in the first
quarter. The Pioneers evened the scored on a goal by Luke Weber off an assist
from Gavin Goane at the 7:06 mark. The Shoremen regained the lead by the end
of the period after sophomore attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin)
scored an unassisted goal with 2:19 on the clock.

Widener opened the second quarter scoring as Todd Fairlie fired in a goal off
a pass from Cullen Burke with 11:03 left in the period, but the Shoremen
answered with three consecutive goals. Read opened the spurt with a goal off
a Mancini assist at 10:39 and then scored an extra-man goal off an assist
from freshman attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) at the
6:06 mark. Junior midfielder Mike Hughes (Pasadena, MD/Mount St. Joseph)
scored off an assist from junior attackman Kevin Nolan (Clark, NJ/A.L.
Johnson) to push the lead to 5-2. Goane ended the run by scoring off an
assist from Fairlie with 2:45 left in the period to trim the lead to 5-3, but
Lane scored off a Read assist with 1:37 to go in the half to give the
Shoremen a 6-3 lead at the break.

The Shoremen scored the first two goals of the third quarter in a 48-second
span as Lane scored off an assist from junior midfielder Jason Hull (West
Hartford, CT/Avon Old Farms) at 12:49 and Ostrusky scored an extra-man goal
off a pass from Kielek at 12:01 to push the lead to 8-3. Washington would not
score again for the next 21:22 as the Pioneers mounted a rally.

Fairlie opened the Widener charge with a goal with 10:38 left in the third
period. Goane followed with a goal with 7:23 left in the third, Dennis Mann
fired in a goal with 3:11 to go in the period, and Fairlie completed a 4-0
run with a goal with 7:21 remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to
8-7. Lane ended the Widener run by scoring a goal off an assist from Ostrusky
with 5:39 remaining in the fourth quarter to make it 9-7.

The Pioneers sliced the lead back to one goal with 4:44 remaining in the
fourth quarter as Goane scored an extra-man goal off an assist from Fairlie.
Fairlie netted an unassisted goal with 36.8 seconds left in regulation to
force the overtime period. Ostrusky's game-winner came off an assist from
Nolan, was the Shoremen's first shot in overtime, and completed a
three-for-three day for the Shoremen's man-up unit.

Lane led the Shoremen with four goals, while Read finished with three goals
and one assist. Ostrusky tallied two goals and one assist, while Mancini,
Nolan, and Kielek all finished with two assists each. Fairlie paced the
Pioneers with four goals and two assists, while Goane finished with three
goals.

Hughes won 10-of-15 face-offs for the Shoremen, who won 16 of the game's 23
face-offs overall. Hughes and senior defenseman Tim Kerr (Pasadena, MD/Mount
St. Joseph) scooped up eight ground balls each. Senior goalie Kevin Thibadeau
(Cheshire, CT/Avon Old Farms) finished with 14 saves for the Shoremen,
including nine in the fourth quarter and overtime. Mike Cuzza made 9 saves in
goal for the Pioneers.

Widener held a 33-31 advantage in shots in the game, but Washington
maintained a 32-25 advantage in ground balls. The Pioneers were 18-of-19 on
clears, while the Shoremen were 16-of-23.


Today's game marked the first game ever played on the new Field Turf surface
on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium.

The Shoremen return to action Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. home game against
Kean.