Mcdaniel vs. Muhlenberg
April 30, 2005
The Game Story:
McDaniel 14, Muhlenberg 1
Westminster, MD --- McDaniel Cruises on Senior Day; Honors Cowdrey in Win

Three of McDaniel’s five seniors scored a goal in the final game of their career as McDaniel (6-8, 3-5) cruised to a 14-1 victory over Muhlenberg (7-9, 0-8) Saturday at Scott S. Bair Stadium.

McDaniel scored its game-winning goal with 4:44 left in the first quarter as Matt Buschman (Baltimore, MD / Calvert Hall) finished a Rob Weaver (Laurel, MD / Pallotti) pass to give the Terror a 2-0 edge. 35 seconds later, Brad Baer (Westminster, MD / Westminster) scored the first of his three goals in the game to give McDaniel a 3-0 edge after a quarter.

Kolyn Kirby (Chestertown, MD / Kent County) and Steve Hoffman (Latham, NY / LaSalle) each matched Baer’s goal production with hat tricks of their own. Kirby recorded two assists, and Hoffman one in the win. The Terror built an 11-0 lead after three quarters. Chad Schell (Medina, OH / Medina) exited the game at that point having turned away 12 Muhlenberg shots in all but a few seconds of three quarters. The freshman came off briefly after making a stop with his lower body.

Ben Yingling (Westminster, MD / Loyola) came on to spell the freshman for good in the fourth, recording three saves in the quarter.

Muhlenberg defenseman, Kyle Hart, ended McDaniel’s bid at it’s second shut-out in the program’s modern history with a shifty set of spin moves down low to beat Yingling with 4:22 left in the game. He ended the day’s scoring.

McDaniel seniors Mike Volk (Cockeysville, MD / Calvert Hall) and Joe Figola (Medina, OH / Medina) each scored a goal in the win. Weaver recorded a nifty behind-the-back goal and two assists to finish his career with 151 helpers, nine shy of Dean Coccia’s school record.

The win was McDaniel’s first home victory since the season opener back on March 2nd.

The victory was an emotional one for the Green Terror. Aside from honoring its seniors, the McDaniel lacrosse team presented Matt Cowdrey’s number 24 jersey to his parents during a halftime ceremony. The sophomore passed away in a boating accident in January. His number will not be issued again until the 2009 season.

“It is an appropriate tribute to an outstanding lacrosse player,” said McDaniel head coach, Jim Townsend. “Matt was a phenomenal person, and we all miss that constant ear-to-ear smile. We won’t ever forget it though.”

McDaniel has donned a black number 24 sticker on its helmets throughout the season. Muhlenberg did the same this afternoon.

“I cannot say enough about the class of the Muhlenberg program and it’s coach, Chris Bissinger,” said Townsend. “I didn’t have to ask him to participate, to him, it was a forgone conclusion, and I’ll always be grateful for that consideration.”