Shoremen Upend Fifth-Ranked Red Devils in Overtime

CARLISLE, PA -- Junior attackman Bennett Cord (Gaithersburg, MD/Gaithersburg) scored the game-winning goal with 30 seconds left in overtime as visiting Washington College upended fifth-ranked host Dickinson, 10-9, in overtime in a Centennial Conference game this afternoon in Carlisle, PA.

The Shoremen improved to 8-2 overall with their eighth consecutive victory and, more importantly, remained unbeaten in conference play, improving to 5-0 in the league. Dickinson had its own eight-game win streak snapped with the loss and fell to 9-2 and 3-1.

Washington remained in sole possession of first place in the Centennial Conference with the win, one-half game in front of Gettysburg's 4-0 mark. The victory was the Shoremen's first over a top-five opponent since a 12-9 win over then fourth-ranked Lynchburg in the NCAA Division III Tournament on May 11, 2008. It was also Washington's first win over Dickinson since a 12-8 triumph on April 12, 2008.

Dickinson got on the board first when Nick Leon found WIll Scott for a goal with 10:18 to go in the first quarter. The Shoremen evened things up when senior midfielder Dave Lundquist (West Chester, PA/Henderson) caused a turnover, scooped up a ground ball, and raced down the field for a goal with 8:33 left. The Red Devils regained the lead on a goal by Sam Abramson off an assist fromWard Gruppo with 5:40 remaining in the first. Washington evened the score again at 2-2 when Cord scooped up a ground ball off a rebounded shot and fired it home with 1:40 remaining in the first quarter.

The Red Devils opened the second-quarter scoring when Gruppo found Matt Cherry for a goal 34 seconds into the period. The Shoremen again answered as sophomore midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, MD/Franklin) scored with 10:28 left in the second quarter to even the score at 3-3, but the Red Devils went back in front on a goal by Abramson off an assist by Brian Cannon with 7:53 left.

Dickinson took the first two-goal lead of the game on a goal by Parker Waldronwith 6:35 remaining in the second quarter, increasing the margin to 5-3. The Red Devils lead grew to 6-3 on a goal by Sam Greenberg off a Cherry assist with 4:01 to go before halftime. Cord cut the lead to 6-4 with a goal with 2:33 left and Dickinson took the two-goal advantage into the intermission.

Washington junior midfielder Patrick Coyle (Reisterstown, MD/Calvert Hall) got the Shoremen back to within a goal with the first score of the third quarter at 11:27. The Shoremen tied the score at 6-6 on a goal by sophomore attackman JD Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mount St. Joseph) with 6:02 remaining in the third. Cherry countered with a goal off an assist by Scott with 3:49 remaining and a goal by Abramson off a Cherry assist with 3:01 to play in the period to give the Red Devils an 8-6 lead.

Coyle scored off a feed from Nowicki to open the fourth-quarter scoring with 12:32 remaining, to cut the lead to 8-7. Senior midfielder Tom Rixey(Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Academy) then evened the score at 8-8 with a goal with 7:44 left. The Shoremen then took their first lead of the game on a goal by Campbell off an assist by Coyle with 6:16 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Dickinson found the equalizer with just 1:12 remaining in regulation as Gruppo scored off an assist from Abramson. Washington won the ensuing face-off and called timeout with 52 seconds left. Waldron caused a Washington turnover with 34 seconds remaining, Cherry fired a shot wide with eight seconds to go, and the fourth quarter ended with the game tied 9-9.

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2012-04-07



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