Otterbein vs. Wooster
April 18, 2012
The Game Story:
WESTERVILLE, OHIO – Otterbein University men’s lacrosse earned its first ever victory over a North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) school Wednesday afternoon, turning back The College of Wooster by a score of 11-4 at Memorial Stadium.

The Cardinals, 0-10 against NCAC schools coming into the matchup, move to 6-4 this season while dropping the Fighting Scots to 6-7.

Junior Graham Shippy put Otterbein on the board early, and freshman Jeff Reese added another score midway through the first period to put the team up 2-0.

Wooster countered with a goal, but sophomore Eric Garris netted two goals in the last 1:35 of the opening quarter to give the Cards a 4-1 lead.

Otterbein kept the pressure on, outscoring Wooster 4-1 in the second stanza to take an 8-2 halftime lead.

Wooster tallied the only two goals in the third period of play, cutting the Otterbein deficit to 8-4 and remaining within striking distance entering the fourth.

However, Otterbein remained steady defensively and eventually found a goal off the stick of sophomore Mikey O’Neal just 36 seconds into the final quarter. The Cards would add two more late goals en route to the victory.

“I played college lacrosse in that conference and know the depth and quality of teams out there, so for us to get this win, in that fashion, was great,” said head coach Colin Hartnett, a 2003 graduate of Wooster.

“I still have a lot of friends in the area and friends who keep track of Wooster, and we’ve been talking and kind of getting ready for this game for a few weeks,” Hartnett continued. “I’ve looked forward to this one as soon as we put it on our schedule, so it was great to see my team play the way they did today.”

Otterbein held a 35-25 shot advantage, converting 22 of 26 clears and forcing Wooster into committing 31 turnovers.

Garris and O’Neal each tallied three goals to lead the way for the Cardinals, with freshman Jeff Reese contributing nicely with two goals and two assists.

Junior goalie Adam Hatchard was impressive in the crease, coming up with 12 saves and five ground balls on 25 shots faced.

“It was mainly about possession,” said Hatchard. “Our guys worked the ball around and didn’t play selfish. They had some pretty good attackers and were shooting from anywhere, so I just had to keep my eyes open.”

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot early in the second half by getting into the penalty box,” Hartnett explained. “Our defense buckled down and Adam Hatchard really saved us today. He’s been playing better as the season has progressed. He’s a level-headed guy who doesn’t get rattled, and he’s just been on fire the past three games.”

Matt Ranck scored a pair of goals to lead the Fighting Scots, while goalie Matt Magoon tallied 13 saves.