Oberlin's Late Comeback Falls Short vs. Wittenberg

Oberlin, Ohio Trailing 10-5 heading into the fourth quarter, Oberlin had the visiting Wittenberg worried down the stretch, but the Yeomen's late surge ultimately fell short, and the Tigers held on for a 12-9 win on Tuesday afternoon at Fred Shults Field.

Wittenberg cashed in the first goal of the fourth quarter to go up 11-5, but a string of three straight Yeomen scores in 48 seconds had the Tigers back on their heels. Thomas Cool would finish off an assist from Connor Jackson at the 7:57 mark and rookie Alex Wagman would deposit a man-up goal just moments later after being setup by Nick Lobley. The Jackson-to-Cool combination would strike again for the third time in the game with 7:09 left to play to make it a three-goal game at 11-8.

However, Oberlin would get even closer as freshman Matthew Fox worked his way through the Tigers' defense to score his third goal of the season with 3:43 remaining in the game to shrink the lead down to two.

Unfortunately for the Yeomen, Wittenberg was able to regain control, scoring one more goal with just under two minutes to go. A non-releasable penalty on Oberlin on the goal also resulted in Wittenberg being able to keep possession and run out the clock without fear of being called for stalling.

Cool and Wagman each finished with three goals, while Jackson checked in with three helpers. Fox netted two scores in the game, while Sean Higgins added one to run his team-leading total to 20 on the year.

Wittenberg used a big first quarter, scoring six goals in the period compared to Oberlin's two. The Yeomen out-scored the Tigers 7-6 over the final three periods.

Wagman and Higgins scored the first two goals of the second quarter to cut the Wittenberg lead down to two, 6-4, with 10:03 left in the frame. However, Wittenberg would answer with a pair of its own to lead 8-4 at the half. Higgins' score was one of four man-up goals for the Yeomen on the day.

In the third, Jordan Shoger would record two goals for the Tigers, while Fox posted the lone Yeomen tally, which ultimately set the stage for the thrilling fourth quarter.

Erickson Andrews made his season debut in goal - playing the final three periods turning away 12 shots over 45 minutes of work.

Wittenberg out-shot Oberlin 40-28, including 29-17 in shots on goal. The Tigers also won 17 face-offs compared to the Yeomen's six.

Oberlin will take to the road on Saturday when it makes the long trek to DePauw University for another NCAC tilt. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

2013-04-09



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