W&J Men’s Lacrosse Falls To Goucher In Inaugural Landmark Game
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Washington & Jefferson College made its Landmark Conference debut on Saturday at Goucher College and dropped a 12-7 decision to the host Gophers at Beldon Field.
W&J had competed as an independent NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse program since the sport was introduced at the college in 2002.
Goucher (8-1, 1-0 LC) never trailed in its Landmark Conference opener. W&J closed to within 9-6 in the fourth quarter, the Gophers used three man-up goals in a span of 100 seconds after the Presidents were whistled for a two-minute, non-releasable penalty.
The Gophers led 3-2 after the first quarter and then tacked on three of the four second-period tallies for a 6-3 halftime advantage. Rory Averett netted two goals in the first six minutes of the third quarter as GC built its lead to 9-4 with 15 minutes left.
W&J (1-5, 0-1 LC) got back into the match with the first two goals of the fourth quarter. Junior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho, Bishop Kelly) scored an unassisted goal at the 14:02 mark and freshman attacker Zach Wooton (Westminster, Md./Glenelg Country School) followed with a goal 48 seconds later off a feed from junior midfielder Dylan Haas (Damascus, Md./Poolesville).
Goucher then took back control with its three-goal outburst. Matt Lynch found the back at the 12:33 mark and then assisted on the next two goals.
Lynch finished the day with seven points after collecting one goal and six assists. Averett fired in five goals, while Kyle Boncaro produced four goals and one assist. Goucher, which scored six goals on seven extra-man chances, outshot the Presidents by a 53-29 margin and won 16-of-23 faceoffs.
W&J junior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) kept the Presidents in the match all afternoon after compiling a career-high 25 saves. The offense was paced by senior attacker Andrew Wallick’s (Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) three goals. Eck had one goal and one assist, while senior attacker Mark Ringeling (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) dished out two assists.
The Presidents hope to snap a two-game losing streak on Wednesday when traveling to Wittenberg for a 4:00 pm non-conference match.