Washington & Jefferson Shakes off Slow Start to Defeat MSJ

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Washington & Jefferson College freshman attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) scored all three of his goals in the second half, including the game winner with 4:35 remaining, to help the Presidents defeat Mount Saint Joseph 8-6 in men's lacrosse action Saturday at Alexandre Stadium.

The Presidents improved to 6-5 overall and need one win in their final two matches to clinch their second-straight winning season. W&J struggled early on as MSJ (3-10) held a 16-3 first-quarter shot advantage and raced out to a 3-0 lead.

Sophomore attacker Andrew Wallick (Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) set up classmate Mark Ringeling (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) for the Presidents' first goal with 3:13 remaining in the second quarter and Wallick's acrobatic goal 46 seconds later made it a 3-2 game at halftime.

MSJ sophomore midfielder Chris Uselmann (Carmel, Ind./Westfield) scored 26 seconds into the second half for a 4-2 Lion lead, but W&J responded with four unanswered goals over a five-minute stretch. Wallick and freshman defender Ryan Cronin (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) scored 19 seconds apart to tie the game and Eck's extra-man goal at the 9:33 mark put W&J in front for the first time. Wallick fed Eck for another goal 35 seconds later and a 6-4 advantage.

W&J appeared to be in control, but MSJ tied the game midway through the final quarter on back-to-back goals by senior attacker Anthony Pezzutti (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales).

Freshman attacker Jon Perry (Westlake, Ohio/Westlake) assisted on Eck's eventual game-winning goal and freshman midfielder Dylan Haas (Damascus, Md./Poolesville) sealed the win with a goal in the final minute.

Wallick led all scorers with two goals and three assists, while Haas added seven faceoff wins and six ground balls. Freshman Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) amassed 14 saves, including four in the final quarter.

Mt. St. Joseph held a 41-34 edge in ground balls, while the Presidents fought back to tie the Lions in shots at 38 a piece.

Pezzutti netted three goals for the Lions, while Uselmann added two goals and one assist. Junior Colin McSharar (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chathard) collected 13 saves in the loss.

Washington & Jefferson travels to Gates Mills, Ohio, next Saturday for a neutral field match with Trine (Ind.). The game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm.


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