Serio Chalks Up Career-Highs In Goals, Assists and Points
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) tied his career-high with game-bests of five goals and six points and senior attackman Dominic Serio (Finksburg, MD/Mount St. Joseph) had career-highs in goals (3), assists (2) and points (5) as host Washington College topped visiting Franklin & Marshall, 11-8, in the Centennial Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shoremen, who never trailed in the game, are now 6-2 overall and in first place at 3-0 in conference play, while the Diplomats drop to 7-2 and 2-1 respectively.
WC has now won six straight games for the first time since 2008 when the team won its first nine games of that campaign. The Shoremen improve to 16-0 all-time at home against the Diplomats.
In the first quarter, Washington scored two goals in 20 seconds to take a quick 2-0 lead. Senior midfielder Dave Lundquist (West Chester, PA/Henderson) scored in transition just 3:22 into the game to put the Shoremen on the board. Just 20 ticks later, Cord scored unassisted to give the hosts a two-goal advantage. The Shoremen increased the lead to 3-0 with 3:34 left in the opening quarter when Serio finished off a pass from sophomore attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph). Washington would take the 3-0 cushion into the second quarter.
Franklin & Marshall got onto the board exactly one minute into the second quarter when Kevin Kilpatrick scored unassisted to cut the hosts' lead to 3-1. The Diplomats cut the lead to 3-2 with 11:10 left in the first half when Kilpatrick found Tristan Miller and Miller scored to reduce the WC lead to just one. Serio gave WC a two-goal lead at 4-2 with 7:57 left in the first half when he finished off a feed from freshman attackman Grant Hughes (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's and St. Agnes) after Hughes picked off a F&M clearing pass. The Shoremen restored their three-goal lead with 55 seconds left in the second quarter Serio found Cord in the front of the net and Cord tallied his second goal of the game to give WC a 5-2 lead and that would be the score at halftime.
The Diplomats opened up the scoring in the third quarter and second half 2:06 into the third when Billy Kempner converted a pass from Colin McKew and put it into the net from the doorstep to trim the WC lead to 5-3 and Kempner scored his second goal of the quarter with 11:26 to go on the doorstep yet again as Matt Gillan chalked up the helper to cut the WC lead to 5-4. Kempner scored his two goals in just 88 seconds. The hosts regained got a two-goal lead once again at 6-4 when Hughes received a pass from Serio and put it into the net with 7:09 to play in the third. Washington took its third three-goal lead of the contest with 2:40 left in the quarter on a Campbell unassisted tally to make it 7-4. However, the Diplomats struck right back 56 ticks later when Jordan Barr scored on a pass from Jimmy Wenk to cut the lead to 7-5. The Diplomats had a golden chance to cut the lead to 7-6 with Miller on the break, but junior defenseman Mike Pierandri (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) was able to knock the ball away just as Miller was about to shoot with 33 seconds left in the third to preserve the two-goal lead.
F&M opened the scoring in the fourth quarter just 81 seconds in the quarter when Barr once again scored off of a feed from Wenk to trim the WC to 7-6. With 10:24 left in the fourth, Cord was able to score while getting knocked to the ground in front of the crease to put the Shoremen back up two goals at 8-6. The two goal lead was short lived though as 52 seconds later McKew found Wenk and he put it into the goal to trim the lead to 8-7 with 9:32 remaining. Washington would then net two goals in 35 seconds to give the hosts its fourth three-goal cushion of the afternoon. The Cord to Serio connection worked once again with 6:48 remaining when Serio finished off a Cord pass to put WC back up two at 9-7 and with 6:13 to go in the contest, Cord was able to beat his defender and scored on a point-blank shot to make it 10-7 for the Shoremen. Miller would net a man-up goal with 4:52 remaining on the feed from Gillan to trim the lead to 10-8. But just 1:25 later, Washington restored its three-goal lead for the fifth time as Cord scored with the helper from sophomore midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) at 11-8 with 3:27 left in the fourth and that provided the final margin.
Washington freshman midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) won 12-of-23 faceoffs against F&M's Andrew Setian in a battle of the conference's top two face-off specialists. Setian won 11-of-23 for the guests. Trapp and Setian each won five groundballs in the game to tie for the game-high along with Campbell.
Campbell and Hughes each had two points for WC, both scoring a goal and assisting on the other. Pierandri had a career-high four caused turnovers in the win and led all players in the contest. In goal, senior goalie Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) made 11 saves in the victory.
For the Diplomats, Wenk had a team-high three points on two assists and one goal. Barr, Kempner and Miller each had two goals apiece, while Gillan and McKew joined Wenk with two helpers. Kilpatrick had a pair of points on one goal and one assist. James King had three caused turnovers to lead the visitors. In net, Cameron Setian made nine saves.
WC outshot F&M by a 48-23 margin and had a 38-28 advantage in groundballs. The Diplomats turned it over 26 times; while the Shoremen coughed it up 22 times. Washington was 16-of-21 in clears, while F&M was just 14-of-22. In extra-man chances, F&M was 1-for-5, while WC was 0-for-3.
The Shoremen return to action a week from today with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference contest at Muhlenberg.