Presidents Outgun Trine to Ensure First Winning Record

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio Washington & Jefferson clinched its first-ever winning men's lacrosse season following a 16-14 victory over Trine (Ind.) on Wednesday evening. W&J is competing in its eighth NCAA Division III varsity season since the program was introduced at the college in 2002.

The Presidents upped their season record to 7-4. W&J has home contests remaining the next two Saturdays against Medaille (N.Y.) and Adrian (Mich.). The previous record for wins in a season was five during the 2006 and 2008 seasons.

Washington & Jefferson increased its win streak to three games behind a season-high eight-goal effort from senior attacker Zach Devilbiss (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key). Devilbiss, the nation's leading scorer, broke the school record for single-season goals after upping his 2009 total to 52. Ed Farruggia owned the previous record with 45 goals.

W&J raced out to a 5-1 lead only to see the Thunder claw back into the game and force a 7-7 halftime tie. Trine (6-8) then netted five of the eight third-period goals to claim a 12-10 lead heading into the final quarter.

Senior attacker Sean Jasionowski (Bear, Del./Pennington) scored the first goal of the fourth period to bring W&J to within one goal and Devilbiss fired in back-to-back goals 23 seconds apart to give the Presidents their first lead since 11 seconds remained in the first half.

Senior midfielder Dan Rosenberg (Chevy Chase, Md./BCC) and freshman attacker Mark Ringeling (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) followed with goals seven seconds apart for a 15-12 advantage with 9:14 remaining.

Kyle Mates ended W&J's seven-goal spurt with at the 4:13 mark, but Devilbiss netted another goal 19 seconds later to build the Presidents' lead back to three goals. Trine scored with just over 90 seconds left in the contest, but W&J was able to run out the clock.

Devilbiss finished with 10 points after adding two assists to his eight goals. Jasionowski contributed three goals, while Ringeling and senior midfielder Mike Frank (Potomac, Md./Landon) both added two scores. Frank also dished out one assist. Rosenberg notched one goal and one assist and won 11 of 17 faceoffs. Freshman Brian Cummins (Yardley, Pa./Notre Dame) turned back 12 shots and was the winning goaltender.

Eight different Trine players scored goals. Dan Giorgis and JJ Greisinger both amassed three goals. Jeff Dombek suffered the loss in goal despite making 10 saves.

The two squads combined for 24 penalties, but neither team was able to convert on any extra-man chances (W&J: 0-11, TU: 0-13). W&J held advantages in shots (41-38), ground balls (34-27) and faceoffs (12-6).

The Presidents attempt to keep their perfect home record intact Saturday when hosting the Medaille Mavericks at Alexandre Stadium (1:00 pm).

2009-04-23



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