Late Seven-Goal Run Dooms Presidents in Nation's Capital

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Catholic scored seven unanswered goals during the final 24 minutes to erase a third-quarter deficit and defeat Washington & Jefferson 13-8 Saturday in Landmark men's lacrosse action.

The Presidents (2-8, 0-3 Landmark) scored the first two goals of the third quarter to grab an 8-6 lead, but the Cardinals (8-2, 2-0 Landmark) dominated from that point with a seven-goal rally to end the match.

Catholic led 4-1 just under 10 minutes into the game, but W&J fought back to tie the game at halftime behind a pair of goals from senior attacker Andrew Wallick (Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover) and freshman attacker Zach Wootton (Westminster, Md./Glenelg Country School).

Junior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho, Bishop Kelly) fired home an extra-man goal off a pass from Wallick five minutes into the third quarter for the Presidents' first lead and that same duo hooked up for another goal 13 seconds later.

However, Catholic started its rally with Tom Scotto's goal 12 seconds after Eck's second tally. The Cardinals scored twice in the final six minutes of the third quarter to grab a 9-8 lead and then posted all four goals in the final period. Catholic outshot W&J 50-33 overall, including a 19-5 edge in the fourth quarter.

Chris Fuccillo and Brendan Englert both had three-goal games for Catholic. The Cardinals won 16 of 23 faceoffs and reserve goalie Mark Destro earned the win after making four saves and not allowing a goal in 24 minutes of action in the second half.

Eck led the Presidents with three goals and one assist. Wallick amassed two goals and two assists, while Wootton added two goals and one helper. Junior midfielder Sean Hipley (Baltimore, Md./Towson Catholic) also scored for the Presidents. Junior goalie Ran Kirby (Cleveland, Ohio/University School) piled up 16 saves in the loss.

W&J hosts Susquehanna in its next Landmark game Friday (4:00 pm) at Alexandre Stadium.


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