#10 Shoremen Clinch Centennial Tournament Berth with 16-5 Win at Swarthmore

#10 Shoremen Clinch Centennial Tournament Berth with 16-5 Win at Swarthmore

Trapp Turns in Dominant Performance on Face-Offs in Victory

SWARTHMORE, PA -- Sophomore midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains) went 18-for-21 on face-offs, scooped up a game-high 12 ground balls, and scored a goal to lead visiting 10th-ranked Washington College past host Swarthmore, 16-5, in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game tonight on Clothier FIeld. The Shoremen, who finish the regular season 12-3 overall and 6-3 in conference play, clinched a spot in the upcoming four-team Centennial Conference Tournament with the victory. Swarthmore dropped to 4-11 and 1-7 with the loss. 

Washington set the tone early as senior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) scored just 13:43 into the game. Washington held a 4-1 lead after one quarter of play and had an 8-1 advantage before Swarthmore scored the final three goals of the second quarter to cut the margin to 8-4 by halftime. The Shoremen crushed any hopes of a Garnet comeback, however, by scoring the first six goals of the second half. 

Junior attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) scored three goals and assisted on another to lead a balanced Washington offense. Junior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall) added three goals of his own, while Cord finished with two goals and two assists. Senior attackman Matt Lewis (Mt. Airy, MD/Glenelg Country School) contributed two goals and one assist, while junior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) had one goal and one assist. Five other Shoremen, including Trapp, had exactly one goal each. Junior Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, FL/Spanish River) played the first 56:20 in goal for Washington and made 12 saves. 

Steve Selverian did the bulk of the offensive damage for the Garnet, scoring three of their five goals and assisting on another. Jonathan Cohen played the first 56:20 in goal for the Garnet and made 21 saves.

The Shoremen enjoyed a massive 62-26 advantage in shots in the contest and a 22-3 advantage in face-off wins. They also held a sizable 49-21 advantage in ground balls. 

Washington will now await the results of a pair of games this Saturday to determine its seed and semifinal opponent for the Centennial Conference Tournament. The Shoremen will be the fourth seed and Gettysburg the third in the tournament if Gettysburg beats McDaniel. A McDaniel win over Gettysburg would reverse those seeds. Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall also play on Saturday. The winner of that game will be the tournament's top seed and the loser the second seed.  The top two seeds with host semifinal games next Wednesday with the highest remaining seed hosting the championship game May 4th.