Shoremen Score Final Seven to Down Cardinals

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) scored a career-high five goals and assisted on another as Washington College improved to 3-2 with a 13-6 win over visiting Catholic in non-conference action tonight on Kibler Field at Roy Kirby, Jr. Stadium. The Shoremen scored the final seven goals of the game to pull away.

The Cardinals (6-2) struck first in the contest as Chris Fuccillo found the back of the net with 9:52 remaining in the opening quarter. Junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) evened the score for the Shoremen 38 seconds later off an assist from sophomore attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, MD/Calvert Hall). Cusick then put the Shoremen in front with a goal with 17 seconds to go in the first.

Catholic opened the second quarter with back-to-back goals as Fuccillo scored off a feed from Tyler Catalani 48 seconds into the period and Marc Saxton scored with 11:45 on the clock to put the Cardinals in front, 3-2. Cord netted an equalizer off an assist from sophomore attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) with 7:18 to go in the half.

Washington went ahead just five seconds later, as freshman midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, NY/White Plains)won the ensuing face-off and found Cord for a go-ahead goal. Washington added a pair of goals to its lead later in the quarter as senior midfielder Dave Lundquist(West Chester, PA/Henderson) scored off an assist from sophomore midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, CA/Coronado) with 6:14 remaining and freshman attackman Grant Hughes (Alexandria, VA/St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) netted Washington's sixth goal at 5:14.

The Cardinals pulled back to within two goals before halftime, however, as Catalani scored off a Fuccillo assist with 1:13 left before the break to trim the deficit to 6-4.

The Cardinals scored twice in the first 1:03 of the third quarter to even the score at 6-6. Fuccillo scored an extra-man goal 17 seconds into the period off an assist from Catalani and then netted an unassisted tally with 13:57 on the clock. Neither team scored again until Cord gave Washington the lead for good with a goal with 8:39 left in the quarter to make it 7-6. A pair of late goals in the quarter gave Washington all the momentum as sophomore midfielder Hunter Nowicki(Baltimore, MD/Franklin) scored an extra-man goal with 21 seconds left and senior midfielder Morgan Braendel (Chester Springs, PA/Owen J. Roberts)fired in a goal with four seconds to go to extend the margin to 9-6.

The Shoremen tacked on four more goals in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin. Cord found Cusick for a goal with 13:43 left and netted his fifth goal of the game with 10:55 to play. Cusick scored again, this time off a Nowicki assist, with 8:52 on the clock, and Lundquist rounded out the scoring with a goal with 5:03 left.

Joining Cord as multiple goal scorers for the Shoremen were Cusick, who finished with three goals and one assist, and Lundquist, who tallied two goals. Nowicki finished with a goal and an assist. Fuccillo (four goals and one assist) and Catalani (one goal and two assists) carried the offensive load for the Cardinals.

Senior goalie Peter Stewart (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) made 10 saves in the game for Washington, including six in the fourth quarter. Patrick Pfaffmade 18 saves for Catholic before being pulled late in the contest.

The Shoremen held a sizable 53-24 advantage in shots in the game,

The Shoremen return to action Saturday with their Centennial Conference opener, a 1:00 p.m. game at McDaniel.

2012-03-13



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