W&J Nips Mt. St. Joseph for First Victory of Season

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Sophomore Tom Starr (Baltimore, Md./Friends) scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining to lead the Washington & Jefferson College men's lacrosse team to its first victory of 2011, a 15-14 triumph at Mt. St. Joseph Saturday afternoon.

Starr's unassisted tally in the closing seconds capped a four-goal rally during the fourth period. Down 14-11 with 9:56 remaining, W&J rebounded with unassisted goals from junior attacker Andrew Wallick (Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover), sophomore attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) and junior defender Austin Cahill (Bridgewater, N.J./Immaculata) before Starr's game winner.

Wallick finished the day with a team-high five points (3g, 2a), while junior attacker Mark Ringeling (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) scored a game-high four goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) made seven saves in net to earn the victory for the Presidents (1-1).

The Red & Black pounced on the Lions (1-3) early, gaining a 4-1 advantage by the 13:37 mark in the second quarter. However, Mt. St. Joseph scored eight of the next 11 goals, including one by junior Mike Murphy one second before halftime, to take a 9-7 lead into the break.

After Ringeling and Wallick tied the game, the Lions rattled off four-straight goals to go up 13-9 heading into the fourth quarter. W&J scored six goals in the fourth, two by Ringeling, before its four-goal spurt to close out the game sealed the win.

The Presidents held a slight advantage in shots (36-34) and ground balls (30-26), but held a large (21 of 32) advantage in faceoffs. W&J was also 1 for 3 on extra-man opportunities.

W&J plays its home opener next Saturday at Alexandre Stadium against Catholic University (1:00 pm). The Presidents fell 13-4 in their only game against the Cardinals in school history last season. W&J has won its last two home openers under eighth-year Head Coach Chad Moore.


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