Wooster vs. Whittier
March 27, 2005
The Game Story:
Leading 8-6 with just a minute remaining in its contest with Whittier College, The College of Wooster men's lacrosse team looked to be heading towards the victory. But the Poets mounted a furious comeback, scoring three goals in the final minute of the game, to pull out the victory 9-8 and send the home team to their third consecutive loss of the season.

Tied 6-6 nearing the end of the third period, junior Eric McKinney threw in his team-best fourth goal of the game with 34 seconds on the clock to give Wooster the lead heading into the last stanza.

Wooster maintained the momentum into the next period, going up by two (8-6) at 3:59 as Austin Taylor found Conor Hannan out in front of the goal.

The Scots' defense did an outstanding job of preventing Whittier from tying the game for most of the fourth quarter behind the play of goalie Courter Shimeall, who made eight of his game-high 16 saves in the final stanza.

But the Poets would not go away. With 51 ticks remaining in the game, Whittier's leading scorer, Dave Gerbarg, began the comeback by throwing in his third goal of the game. Then with 18 seconds remaining, Gerbarg knotted the game at 8-8 with another unassisted goal, capitalizing on Wooster's defense being a man down.

Aaron Jaffe capped off the game by first winning the face-off and scooping up the groundball, and then racing down the left side of the field and throwing the ball under Shimeall's net and into the goal with just two seconds remaining in the game and not giving the Scots enough time to retaliate.

Wooster falls to 2-4 on the season, while Whittier improves to 6-1 overall.

After Alex Chaundry opened with the game's first goal at 13:43 in the first, Wooster scored four of the next five goals, three by McKinney, to go up 4-2 in the second quarter.

Gerbarg tossed in his first score of the game at 2:11, and the Poets' Kevin McCarroll tied the game at 4-4 with 27 seconds remaining in the half.

The Scots, however, regained the lead with just five seconds to go before the break, as Hannan threw the ball out in front of the goal to junior Shawn Handy who put it past the Poets' goalie to give Wooster the 5-4 advantage at the break.

McKinney led the Scots in scoring with four points, all on goals, while Chris Vaccaro added two goals and an assist. Handy and Taylor each contributed two assists.

Gerbarg led the Poets with four goals on the day, while Chandry and Jaffe both netted two scores.

Wooster looks to end the losing streak on Saturday, April 2, when they begin North Coast Athletic Conference play against Denison University in Granville, Ohio, at 7:30 p.m.