Wooster vs. Adrian
April 9, 2009
The Game Story:
WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster held off a late rally by Adrian College Thursday afternoon, hanging on for a 10-9 triumph, which makes Jason Tarnow the school’s all-time winningest lacrosse coach as he gained the 61st victory of his career. Tarnow, now 61-42 (.592) in eight seasons at Wooster, passes Art Marangi, who coached the Fighting Scots to 60 wins from 1977-86 (60-67).

Thursday’s outcome was not sealed until the final minute of play, as Adrian stormed back from 8-3 and 10-6 deficits, the latter coming with just 3:56 remaining, to make a game of it. The Bulldogs scored three times during a 2:04 stretch to pull within 10-9 at the 1:28 mark, and then won the ensuing face-off. Adrian was unable to get a tying shot off, though, committing a turnover instead and Wooster freshman Nick Spittle collected the groundball. The Scots successfully cleared it and then ran out the clock.

The teams were even at 3-3 midway through the second quarter when Wooster (5-4) steadily began to take control. The Scots scored two goals during the final 4:18 of the half and then three more to start the third quarter for a five-goal bulge (8-3).

The Bulldogs (5-4) then made their first rally, scoring once near the end of the third and two goals within the opening 1:07 of the fourth quarter to make it a two-goal game of 8-6. Wooster’s Tim Lee countered with his second score of the day with 9:18 left and Pat Coyne netted what turned out to be a very important insurance goal at the 3:56 mark before Adrian’s second big rally.

The Scots controlled the majority of the action, outshooting the Bulldogs 36-24, and the final score may not had been so close, if it wasn’t for three Wooster shots glancing off the pipe. Adrian’s advantage came in face-off situations, in which it won 14 of 22.

Individually, Coyne had a hat trick to lead the Scots, Lee had two goals, and the other five scores came from different individuals. Mark Weschler, normally the team’s top goal scorer, found himself in a bit of a different role as he recorded three assists, marking the second-highest total of his career. Noteworthy, defender Bryan McDonald played a big part in the win with eight groundballs.

The Bulldogs’ Ryan Knautz scored a game-high four goals, including three in the fourth quarter.

Wooster will play North Coast Athletic Conference contests the rest of the regular season, starting with a trip to Oberlin College (1-6, 0-2 NCAC) next Wednesday night.