WAC Survives Whittier Scare, 9-8

WAC Survives Whittier Scare, 9-8

WAC Survives Whittier Scare, 9-8

WAC Survives Whittier Scare, 9-8

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Junior attackman Jon Spivey (Timonium, MD/Dulaney) scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds to play in regulation to lift host Washington College to a 9-8 win over visiting Whittier College in an NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament second round game this afternoon at Kibler Field. The Shoremen improves to 17-2 on the season and advances to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals with the win, while Whittier finishes its season with a 7-3 record.

The Shoremen built a 5-0 lead in the game before the Poets came all the way back. Whittier's Dan Fink fired in a goal into the upper left-hand side of the cage off an assist from Aaron Hopkins with 7:11 left in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 8-8. The Poets nearly took the lead with 1:31 remaining, but WC senior goalie Richard Yost (Westminster, MD/St. Paul's) stopped a point-blank shot by Billy Schultz. Yost then started a successful clear attempt, which was followed by a Washington time-out at the 1:19 mark. Spivey scored his unassisted game-winner 38 seconds later.

Washington senior long-stick midfielder Tom Parr (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) won the ensuing face-off, but the Shoremen turned the ball over. Whittier cleared the ball with 18 seconds to go, but Parr knocked the ball free with 10 seconds left, scooped up the ground ball and sent the ball downfield to stifle the Poets' attempt to send the game into overtime.

The Shoremen's five-goal run to open the game began when senior midfielder Stephen Berger (Columbia, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) found freshman attackman Kevin Nolan (Clark, NJ/A.L. Johnson) for a goal just 1:24 into the game. Spivey scored off of a Nolan assist with 6:49 left in the first and Berger scored an extra-man goal 45 seconds later to push the lead to 3-0. Spivey found Nolan for a goal with 2:58 left in the first to make it 4-0 in favor of Washington after one period.

Nolan assisted on a goal by senior midfielder Michael Dyal (West Palm Beach, FL/Hotchkiss School, CT) with 10:31 left in the second to extend the lead to 5-0. Whittier got on the board when Russell Der scored off a pass from Schultz with 8:24 remaining in the half. Washington answered with a goal by Spivey with 2:47 on the clock, but Ryder Bateman responded for the Poets with a goal at 2:03. Der scored off an assist from Schultz with 1:10 left in the half to close the gap to 6-3 at the intermission.

Berger opened the third-quarter scoring with an extra-man goal at 10:27, but the Poets then fired off three consecutive goals to cut the lead to one. Schultz found Fink for a goal at 9:31, while Bateman followed with a goal off an assist from Mike Prickett at 5:48. Der picked up a behind-the-back assist on a goal by Bateman with 3:00 on the clock to make it 7-6. Nolan pushed the margin back to two goals, however, with a score off of an assist from WC senior midfielder Michael McWilliams (Essex, NJ/West Essex) with 1:55 left in the third.

Bateman got the Poets back within one at 8-7 with an unassisted goal with 12:57 to play in the fourth quarter. Fink's game-tying goal and Spivey's game-winning goal followed.

Nolan had a career day in the win for Washington, tallying three goals and two assists. Spivey added three goals and one assist, while Berger contributed two goals and one assist. Bateman scored a game-high four goals for the Poets. Der tallied two goals and one assist, while Fink scored two goals and Schultz handed out three assists.

Yost made 13 saves between the pipes for the Shoremen, while Adam Messick made 17 for Whittier. Washington won 13 of the game's 20 face-offs, with Parr winning 11 of his 16 attempts.

The Shoremen will host either Gettysburg or Cabrini in the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Bullets and Cavaliers were scheduled to play today, but the game was postponed until tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. due to a lack of officials.

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