#6 Shoremen Fend Off Battling Bishops, 8-7

#6 Shoremen Fend Off Battling Bishops, 8-7

Cusick Scores Winner With 2:31 Remaining In Game

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Junior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall) scored the game-winning goal with 2:31 left off of a pass from senior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) to lift host #6 Washington College to a 8-7 victory over visiting Ohio Wesleyan in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium.  The Shoremen improve to 6-0 on the season, while the Battling Bishops fall to 4-3 on the year.

The winning goal was set up when sophomore Stephen Luck (Catonsville, MD/Boys' Latin) registered a caused turnover when he forced Ohio Wesleyan's Garrett Van Schaick to lose the ball out of bounds.  On the restart, Cord found Cusick in front of the goal crease and Cusick beat Ohio Wesleyan goalkeeper Ryan McMahon for the game-winning tally.  The Battling Bishops had two shots to tie it afterwards as one went wide and the other was stopped by junior goalkeeper Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, FL/Spanish River).  The Battling Bishops had a man-up situation in the last 14.8 seconds but were unable to get a shot off and WC held on for a win. 

Washington scored the only two goals in the first quarter as Cusick scored with 12:57 left in the quarter for the first goal of the game and senior attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) finished off a Cord feed to make it 2-0 with 9:52 remaining in the first.

The Shoremen took a 3-0 lead with 11:05 remaining in the second quarter when Cord scored on an assist by senior midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall).  Ohio Wesleyan got onto the scoreboard with 7:06 left in the quarter when Spencer Schnell scored the first of his three straight goals to trim the lead to 3-1.  Schnell cut the WC lead to 3-2 when he connected on an unassisted score with eight ticks remaining in the first half and that would be the score at halftime.

Schnell evened the game at 3-3 just 41 seconds into the third quarter with Casey Helms chalking up the helper.  The Battling Bishops took their first lead, 4-3, with 9:34 remaining when Edwin Foster scored with Schnell picking up the assist.  Cord ended the four-goal run on a unassisted tally 47 seconds later to even the game at 4-4.  Kyle Foster scored the next two goals on the man-up with 6:08 and 1:41 left in the third respectively to take a 6-4 lead.  The Shoremen got one back with 17 seconds left in the third quarter when junior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) cashed in on a man-up score to cut the lead to 6-5 with Cusick recording the assist.

Nowicki tied the game at 6-6 with 12:09 left in the fourth quarter, but Ohio Wesleyan retook the lead at 7-6 with 9:31 left on Kyle Foster's third goal of the game with Schnell recording the assist.  The Shoremen tied it at 7-7 when Nowicki scored his third straight game for the team on an unassisted tally with 6:42 left in the game.  The score would remain tied 7-7 until Cusick's winner with 2:31 left.

Cord had team highs of four points and two assists, while scoring twice for the Shoremen.  Nowicki tied for game-high with three goals, while Cusick had three points on two goals and one assist.  In goal, DiSalvo had 14 saves in the win.  Washington was 1-for-6 in extra-man opportunities.

Schnell led all players with six points and three assists while tying for tops in the game with three goals for the Battling Bishops.  Kyle Foster had three goals for Ohio Wesleyan.  In net, McMahon turned away eight shots. Ohio Wesleyan was 2-for-4 in man-up situations.

Both teams won eight face-offs in the game with Ohio Wesleyan's Sam Gioseffi winning all eight in 16 tries for the guests.  Sophomore midfielder/face-off specialist Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) won six face-offs, while freshman midfielder/face-off specialist Matt Bucci (Davidsonville, MD/Indian Creek) won both of his face-off chances.

The Battling Bishops held a 41-38 edge in shots and had 34 ground balls to just 25 for the Shoremen.  Washington had 21 turnovers to just 15 for Ohio Wesleyan.  Both teams were 13-for-19 in clears.

The Shoremen are off until next Saturday, March 23, when they open up Centennial Conference play against visiting McDaniel at 1:00 p.m.