Yeomen Earn Historic Win vs. Wooster on Senior Night

Oberlin, Ohio Oberlin scored four unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to knockoff the College of Wooster Fighting Scots, 7-4, on Saturday night at Fred Shults Field.

It was the Yeomen's first North Coast Athletic Conference victory against an original league member since the 1995 season. Although, Oberlin's last win against the Scots was on April 15, 1998 when the Yeomen earned a 9-1 victory but that game was contested as a non-conference game.

Oberlin entered the fourth quarter down one at 4-3, but the Yeomen would not be denied on this night. Nick Lobley would finish off an assist from Sean Higgins to even the score at the 8:37 mark, and less than a minute later the pair would connect again on what proved to be the game-winning goal to give the Yeomen a 5-4 advantage.

However, the Yeomen would not rest with just a one-goal margin as Alex Wagman would cash in a shot from the far wing with an assist coming from Mickey Fiorillo. The final goal of the game came with 2:06 left as freshman Matthew Fox came streaking down the middle to score a goal with the help of Lobley who finished with three goals and one assist in the win.

Oberlin played with great intensity from the onset and controlled the run of play throughout. Lobley started the game with a goal and Higgins would deposit one of his own following two Wooster scores to make it 2-2 after a quarter.

Senior Connor Jackson would net the lone goal of the second quarter to give the Yeomen a 3-2 lead at the break. However, the Yeomen were a little stagnant in the third quarter, which allowed the Scots to go out in front before setting up the thrilling fourth quarter.

Erikson Andrews was simply sensational in goal as he made seven saves on the night. Matthew Basile aided the defensive effort with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Oberlin out-shot Wooster 41-18 and its pressure defense limited the Scots to just 17 clears on 27 attempts, while creating 27 turnovers.

Along with Jackson, seniors Thomas Hake, Thomas Cool and Eli Clark-Davis were honored before the game. Clark-Davis won eight face-offs and had three ground balls on the night.

Despite the loss, the Scots still qualified as No. 3 seed in the NCAC Tournament with a 4-3 conference record. Oberlin, which improved to 7-6 overall and 3-4 in the NCAC, still has one game remaining on its schedule, as it will host Otterbein on May 1. The three conference wins for the Yeomen are the most since the 1994 season, when the eam finished 4-4.


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