#10 Gophers Hold Off #18 Shoremen, 5-4, in NCAA Tournament

#10 Gophers Hold Off #18 Shoremen, 5-4, in NCAA Tournament

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting 10th-ranked Goucher College won an NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament game for the first time, holding off host 18th-ranked Washington College, 5-4, in a first round game this afternoon on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Gophers (18-1) advance to play at top-ranked Salisbury Saturday night in the tournament's second round.

Rory Averett opened the scoring for Goucher 2:08 into the game, scoring the first of what would be four goals on the day off an assist from Sam Woodruff. Freshman midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) evened things up for the Shoremen (11-6) by winning the ensuing face-off clean, racing down the field, and scoring nine seconds later. The Gophers retook the lead with an extra-man goal by Averett off an assist from Matt Lynch with 5:01 left in the first quarter.

Averett opened the second-quarter scoring off an assist from Woodruff 32 seconds into the period to give Goucher a 3-1 advantage. The Shoremen trimmed the margin to 3-2 with a transition goal by sophomore short-stick defensive midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) off a feed from senior goalie Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) with 5:48 to play in the quarter. 

Averett provided the only goal of the third quarter, scoring an extra-man goal off an assist from Kyle Boncaro with 8:24 left to give Goucher a 4-2 lead. 

Washington senior attackman Dominic Serio (Finksburg, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored off an assist from junior midfielder Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) with 12:44 left in the fourth. The Shoremen evened the score at 4-4 just nine seconds later as Trapp again scored off a face-off for Washington.  The Gophers got what would prove to be the game-winning goal when Boncaro scored an extra-man goal off a feed from Lynch. Serio had a great look to tie the score with 1:22 left, but Goucher goalie Connor Mishaw made a low save. The Gophers then cleared the ball and ran out the clock to come away with the win.

Averett's four goals came on just four shots.  The Gophers were 3-for-7 on extra-man opportunities, while the Shoremen went 0-for-5. Mishaw finished with 15 saves in the game.

Trapp was the only Shoreman with multiple points on the day. He also went 9-for-12 on face-offs to lead a 10-for-13 effort by Washington. Stewart finished with 10 saves.

Washington held a 39-24 advantage in shots in the game. The Gophers won despite taking just 13 shots after the first quarter.