Ohio Wesleyan Edges Kenyon in NCAC Action

Sophomore midfielder Pat Bassett (Naperville, Ill./North) scored the game-winning goal with 3:05 left in regulation time to lift Ohio Wesleyan over Kenyon in North Coast Athletic Conference action on Friday at Selby Field.

It marked the second straight game in which Bassett scored the game-winner for Ohio Wesleyan. On Saturday, his goal in the sixth overtime ended the longest game in Ohio Wesleyan and NCAC history, a 10-9 win at Wooster.

Kenyon had taken an early lead on a Mackie Avis goal in the third minute of the game and built a 4-1 advantage at the break, with Max Olson scoring twice in the last 3 minutes of the half, including a score with :11 on the clock.

After junior defenseman Nathan Barnett (Columbus/Upper Arlington) and Kenyon's David Clarke traded goals to open the third quarter, the Bishops stormed back.

Bassett scored a pair of goals less than a minute apart midway through the period, bringing Ohio Wesleyan within 5-4, and sophomore midfielder Drew Scharf (Redding, Conn./Barlow) followed with a score just over a minute later to even the game at 5-5.

Kenyon took the lead with a man-up score by Chris Pappalardo with 2:28 to play in the quarter, but Ohio Wesleyan responded when Scharf fielded a pass from senior attacker Shaun Crow (Darnestown, Md./The Bullis School) and whistled a shot past Kenyon keeper Austin Anusbigian a heartbeat before the horn sounded to end the third quarter, tying the game at 6-6.

Freshman midfielder Spencer Schnell (Dublin/Jerome) gave the Bishops their first lead of the game with a goal in the opening minutes of the quarter, but the Lords answered with a tally by Will Lowe with 9:06 left in regulation time.

Bassett completed his hat trick with an unassisted goal at the 3:05 mark. Kenyon won the ensuing face-off, but junior midfielder Jesse Lawrence (McLean, Va./Maret School (D.C.)) and Scharf caused turnovers during the final 3 minutes, allowing the Bishops to run out the clock.

Bassett led the Bishops with 3 goals, while Scharf scored twice and Crow had a goal and 2 assists.

Sophomore Stephen Ford (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) recorded 8 saves.

Olson and Pappalardo scored 2 goals apiece for Kenyon. Anusbigian finished with 11 saves for the Lords.


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