Cronin's OT Game Winner Lifts Presidents At Wooster
WOOSTER, Ohio -- Senior defender Ryan Cronin's (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) fourth career goal came at a pivotal time, the third overtime Wednesday night, to help Washington & Jefferson earn a 9-8 victory over Wooster.
The Presidents improved to 3-1 and defeated the Fighting Scots (2-1) for the second-straight time (18-11 in Washington last year) after dropping the first eight games in series history.
Cronin's goal 25 seconds into the third overtime period capped the longest game in W&J lacrosse's 12-year history.
The Fighting Scots scored the opening goal, but the Presidents fired right back with three-straight tallies, the last of which was netted by freshman attacker Zachary Fredericks (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) in the second minute of the second quarter. Wooster tied the game three minutes later, but a late goal by junior midfielder Casey Smallwood (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) put the Presidents in front 4-3 at halftime.
Smallwood added another goal two minutes into the third quarter and W&J held the lead until Wooster tied the match 7-7 with 11:16 left in the contest. Smallwood once again answered 71 seconds later; however, Tom Herold forced overtime with a goal at the 6:35 mark. Senior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) helped the Presidents get to overtime by making five saves in the final 4:19.
W&J was turned away on four shots on the goal during the first two overtimes, but Cronin sent the Presidents home with a victor on the first shot of the third extra session.
Smallwood paced the Presidents with three goals, while Fredericks notched a pair. Senior midfielder Tom Starr (Lorrain, Ohio/Friends Academy, Md.) collected one goal and two assists, while senior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly), senior midfielder John Zustra (Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington North) and Cronin all added one goal.
W&J was outshot 41-38 and Wooster also held a 17-6 edge in faceoffs, but Kirby turned aside 18 Wooster shots. Matt Magoon made 15 saves for the Fighting Scots, who had four different players with two-goal efforts.
The Presidents are back in action in Virginia on Saturday with a 1:00 pm game at Marymount.