Guilford Edges Oberlin in Defensive Battle

GREENSBORO, N.C. Greg Nash (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) scored his second game-winning goal in as many contests in Guilford College's 4-3 non-conference win over visiting Oberlin College Wednesday afternoon. Nash broke a 3-3 draw with 9:55 to play in regulation.

Guilford senior Mark Guillen stood tall in goal with a season-best 15 saves and five ground balls as the Quakers (8-3) added another win to their best season since 1992.

The visiting Yeomen (2-5) took a 2-1 halftime lead on tallies by Thomas Hake and Dan Fineman. Oberlin had a 20-14 edge in shots at the break, but Guillen helped Guilford stay close with eight first-half saves.

The Quakers' Chase Clausen tied the game at the 10:29 mark of the third quarter and Chris Sisk put Guilford ahead, 3-2, five minutes later with a transition goal. Rob Bond won the ensuing faceoff and scored 14 seconds later, which retied the game at 3-3.

Play remained close in the fourth quarter before Guilford's Henry Farley found Nash, who beat Oberlin goalie Glen Gerbush (10 saves) from around 15 yards out right of the cage with his 11th goal of the season. Nash, who netted the game-winning goal in overtime against Oberlin last year, tallied a similar score in the Quakers' 7-6 win over Virginia Wesleyan College last Saturday.

The Quakers withstood a two-man disadvantage late in the game as Charlie Robinson was sent off for two minutes with 3:42 remaining. Just over a minute later Guilford's Austen West was penalized 30 seconds for an offsides violation. Guillen stopped a Fineman shot during the five-on-three and picked up a loose ball off a West deflection after his penalty expired. The Quakers successfully cleared the ball and ran out the clock for their third win in four games.

Guilford returns to action Saturday when it visits Old Dominion Athletic Conference foe Randolph-Macon College at a rescheduled time of 2:30 p.m.

2011-03-30



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