Muhlenberg vs. Washington College
March 15, 2008
The Game Story:
ALLENTOWN, PA -- Junior midfielder Casey O'Connor (Crownsville, MD/Archbishop Spalding) scored the game-winning goal with 42 seconds left in the extra session as the eighth-ranked Washington College men's lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal halftime deficit to defeat host Muhlenberg, 12-11, in overtime in the Centennial Conference opener for both teams. The Shoremen remained unbeaten at 6-0 this season with the win, while the Mules fell to 2-2 with the loss.

Muhlenberg used a three-goal run to take a 4-1 lead on a goal by Andrew Lolley off an assist from Paul Munday with 13:34 left in the second quarter. The Shoremen answered with back-to-back goals by junior midfielder Matt Moreton (Darnestown, MD/Northwest) and senior attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin) with 10:49 and 8:20 left in the second quarter, respectively, to pull within a goal at 4-3.

The Mules then scored four of the final five goals in the first half in a span of 6:26 to take a commanding four-goal lead. Tim Dwyre started things off with a goal at 6:28, Nick Fletcher followed with a goal with 5:33 left in the half, and Kyle Farris scored with 3:44 remaining to make it 7-3. Washington senior attackman Kolyn Kirby (Chestertown, MD/Kent County) broke up the Mule run with a goal off a feed from senior midfielder Nick Gregory (Riva, MD/South River) with 1:27 left before the break, but a Fletcher goal with two seconds left gave Muhlenberg an 8-4 cushion.

Washington came out hot in the third quarter, scoring five consecutive goals to take a 9-8 lead. Read scored off an assist from junior attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) with 13:12 left in the third and then returned the favor by assisting on Kielek goal with 8:02 on the clock to trim the margin to 8-6. The score remained 8-6 until the Shoremen ran off three goals in span of 1:37. Gregory scored with 3:41 showing, O'Connor fired in a goal with 2:29 left to tie the score, and freshman attackman Doug Herdegen (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) put the Shoremen ahead with a goal with 2:04 left in the period. The Mules knotted the score at 9-9 less than a minute later, however, as Fletcher scored off an assist from Mickey Norton.

The Mules opened the fourth-quarter scoring when Brent Siebold scored off a Josh Mosberg feed with 10:05 remaining in the game to put Muhlenberg back in front, 10-9. Washington tied the score again with 3:40 left as O'Connor scored off a feed from Kirby. Lolley put the Mules back in front, 11-10, with a goal off an assist from Fletcher with 2:04 to go, but Kielek found Read for the game-tying goal with 52 seconds to go in regulation to force the extra session.

O'Connor's overtime game-winner came on the Shoremen's seventh shot of the extra period. He started on the right side of the cage, circled around and got a step on his defender, then scored high past the left shoulder of Muhlenberg goalie Andrew Bell. The Mules, who had just one possession in the extra period, did not get off a shot in overtime. Muhlenberg's lone overtime possession ended when Washington senior defenseman Connor Gerken (New Fairfield, CT/Wilton) intercepted a Muhlenberg pass that came from behind the net.

O'Connor and Read each scored three goals for the Shoremen in the win. Read also had an assist. Kirby added two goals and one assist, while Gregory and Kielek tallied one goal and two assists each.

Junior goalie Gordon Cohen (New Canaan, CT/New Canaan) made 12 saves in the victory for Washington, while Bell made 16 stops for Muhlenberg. The Shoremen enjoyed a 62-32 advantage in shots and a 32-23 edge in ground balls in the game.

The Shoremen return to action one week from today with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against McDaniel.