Mcdaniel vs. Washington College
April 19, 2003
The Game Story:
WESTMINSTER, MD --- The fifth-ranked Washington College men's lacrosse team completed its third unbeaten Centennial Conference regular season and its first since 1997 with a 14-4 win over 13th-ranked host McDaniel this afternoon in Westminster, MD. The win gives the Shoremen hosting rights to next weekend's Centennial Conference Tournament. The Shoremen (10-2, 8-0 Centennial), who lead Division III in defense with just 4.17 goals allowed per game, limited McDaniel (10-1, 6-1) to just 17 shots in the game.

McDaniel got on the board first, just 1:08 into the game, as Rob Weaver fed Justin Merson for a goal, but the Green Terror did not score again for the next 40:13 as the Shoremen ran off 10 unanswered goals. Senior attackman Chris Edwards (Baltimore, MD/Boys' Latin) scored WC's first two goals with 10:14 and 1:16 left in the first period off assists from senior midfielder Craig Earley (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) and sophomore attackman Ryan Morrison (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset/Salisbury School, CT), respectively.

The Shoremen then put up six goals in the second quarter to take an 8-1 lead at the half. Washington went on to score the first two goals of the third quarter as sophomore attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored an unassisted goal to give the Shoremen the 10-1 lead with 8:25 left in the period. The Green Terror finally got back on the board on a goal by Jeremy Freed with 3:39 left in the period, but unassisted goals by junior midfielder Randy Vane (Sparks, MD/Gilman) and junior midfielder Steve Berger (Jessup, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) with 2:23 and 1:35 left in the third, respectively, gave the Shoremen a commanding 12-2 advantage heading into the final period.

Spivey finished with four goals on the day for the Shoremen, including three in the second quarter. Edwards added two goals and two assists, while Berger totaled three goals. Earley contributed two goals and one assist to the win. Vane tallied two goals and Morrison added one goal and one assist.

Washington junior goalie Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) made 11 saves, boosting his save percentage this season to .664.

Merson led the Green Terror offense with two goals. Washington outshot McDaniel, 48-17, in the game and held a 36-22 advantage in ground balls.

As the top seed, the Shoremen will play in the first of two Centennial Conference semifinal games on Friday in Chestertown. McDaniel, Gettysburg, and Franklin & Marshall will be the other three seeds, with their specific seedings hinging upon the outcome of this Tuesday's game between McDaniel and Gettysburg. The championship game will be held in Chestertown on Sunday, April 27th.