Muhlenberg vs. Washington College
March 31, 2012
The Game Story:
ALLENTOWN, PA – Senior goalkeeper Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) had a career-high 22 saves and junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) recorded a personal-best seven points as visiting Washington College downed host Muhlenberg, 13-8, in Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Scotty Wood Stadium. The Shoremen, who have won seven straight for the first time since 2008 are now 7-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while the Mules fall to 2-8 and 0-4 respectively. Washington is 4-0 in Centennial action for the first time in four years.

Stewart allowed just three goals while making his 22 saves as he played the first 52:47 of the game before being relieved by sophomore goalkeeper Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, FL/Spanish River). Cord netted his seven points on four goals and three assists, as he tied his career-high in helpers.

Washington has now scored 10 or more goals in eight straight for the first time since April 6-May 8, 2002.

The Shoremen scored three times in a 33-second span early in the first quarter to grab a quick 3-0 lead. Sophomore midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) scored 3:24 into the game when he finished off a pass from sophomore attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) to put WC up 1-0. Just 23 seconds later, Cord scored on an unassisted man-up tally to make it 2-0 and only 10 ticks later he made it 3-0 with Campbell chalking up the assist with 11:03 left in the quarter.

Muhlenberg got on the board with 7:52 left in the opening quarter when Jon Thomas scored on a feed from Alex Ardolino to cut the lead to 3-1, but the three-goal lead was re-established when senior midfielder Tom Rixey (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) netted the final goal of the first quarter with freshman midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, NY/Half Hollow Hills East) recording his first collegiate assist and point on the helper.

In the second quarter, the Shoremen made it 5-1 when junior Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) when he scored on a pass from Nowicki just 94 seconds into the second. WC made it a 6-1 lead just 13 seconds later when Cord scored his third goal of the first half to push the lead to five goals with 13:13 to go in the quarter. The Mules' Corey Aferiat trimmed the lead to 6-2 with 4:45 remaining in the second, but junior midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) scored on a man-up situation with 2:20 left in the first half to give the guests a 7-2 cushion and that would be the score at halftime.

Nowicki opened the scoring in the third quarter with 11:33 left in the third when he netted an unassisted score to make it 8-2. The visitors made it 9-2 with 9:54 left in the quarter when freshman attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, MD/Boys' Latin) netted the extra-man goal and Cord tallied the assist. The Shoremen made it 10-2 with 8:32 left on Cord's fourth goal of the contest with sophomore midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) registering the helper. Sophomore midfielder Sam Eckerson (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield Warde) netted his first collegiate goal with 2:44 left in the third with Cord notching the assist to put the Shoremen up 11-2. Thomas got the first goal of the second half for the Mules just 27 seconds later to cut the lead to 11-3, but Englehart restored the nine-goal bulge with 54 seconds left and with five ticks left in the third Cord found Nowicki to put Washington up 13-3 after three.

Muhlenberg scored twice in 29 seconds in the fourth quarter on goals by Jack Reilly and Aferiat with assists by Zach Weiner and Michael Carpetto to cut the lead to 13-5 with 5:14 left. Muhlenberg scored three more times in the fourth to cut the WC lead to 13-8 and provide the final margin.

In addition to Cord, Nowicki had four points on a career-high three goals along with one assist for Washington. Campbell had a pair of assists to match his career-high, while Englehart had a goal and an assist for two points, matching his personal-best in all three categories. Freshman midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) had five groundballs to lead the team.

For the Mules, Thomas had three goals, while Aferiat and Doug Rheiner both notched two goals. Reilly had a goal and an assist for Muhlenberg. In net, Adam Schlauch made three saves and gave up seven goals in the first half, while Zack Gunzburg stopped three shots while allowing six goals in the second half. Nick Rispoli led all players with nine groundballs and won a game-best 10 face-offs in 16 attempts.

Muhlenberg outshot Washington by a 53-28 margin and won 14 of the 24 face-offs in the contest. The Mules had 37 groundballs in the game, while the Shoremen scooped up 29. Washington was 23-for-26 in clears, while Muhlenberg was a perfect 14-for-14. In extra man chances, the Shoremen were 3-for-6, while the Mules were 1-for-10. WC turned it over 17 times; while the Mules coughed it up 16 times.

Washington seeks its eighth straight victory next Saturday when they travel to 8th ranked Dickinson for a 3:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game.