Ohio Wesleyan Cruises by Washington & Jefferson

DELAWARE, Ohio Ohio Wesleyan raced out to a 13-4 halftime lead and then scored all eight goals of the second half to earn a 21-4 men's lacrosse victory over Washington & Jefferson Saturday afternoon.

The Battling Bishops (2-0) had nine different goal scorers led by Colin Short's five-goal effort. Short also added one assist, while Tommy Minkler set up five OWU goals.

Ohio Wesleyan grabbed a 6-0 lead 9:30 into the first quarter. Drew Scharf scored the first two goals, while Minkler assisted on the final two during the early run.

Sophomore midfielder Casey Smallwood (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) got W&J on the board at the 4:22 mark, but OWU added two more goals in the final 3:07 to take an 8-2 lead after 15 minutes.

W&J tried to get back into the game following goals from senior attackers Mark Ringeling (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) and Andrew Wallick (Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) early in the second quarter to narrow the deficit to 9-4, but Short started a four-goal barrage to end the half 43 seconds after Ringeling's tally.

Ohio Wesleyan ended the game with 12 unanswered goals. The Battling Bishops outshot the Presidents by a 51-22 margin and collected 10 of 18 faceoffs. Ryan McMahon turned back four shots in the first half to earn the win in goal for OWU.

Smallwood had two goals to lead W&J, while junior midfielder Dylan Haas (Damascus, Md./Poolesville) won eight faceoffs and picked up a team-high seven ground balls. Junior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) suffered the loss after allowing 10 goals and making nine saves in 35-plus minutes of action. W&J used four different goalies during the match.

Washington & Jefferson (0-3) returns to action on Wednesday evening when hosting another NCAC opponent, Wooster, at 7:00 pm at Alexandre Stadium.

2012-03-03



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