Presidents Topple Thiel in PAC Semifinals

WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Senior attacker Joseph Eck (Boise, Idaho/Bishop Kelly) totaled seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) to become the Washington & Jefferson career point leader and helped the Presidents advance to the PAC championship game after knocking off Thiel, 14-7, on Thursday evening at Alexandre Stadium.

Eck upped his career point total to 180 (127 goals, 53 assists) to vault ahead of Andrew Wallick '12 as W&J's career scoring leader. Wallick finished his career with 178 points (99 goals, 79 assists).

Second-seeded Washington & Jefferson now travels to top-seeded Saint Vincent for the PAC championship match on Saturday at noon in Latrobe.

Thiel (7-7), the tournament's No. 3 seed, scored the first two goals of the game, but W&J dominated the rest of the quarter with four goals, two of which were scored by sophomore attacker Tim Angell (Andover, Mass./Governor's Academy).

The teams combined for three goals during the first 33 seconds of the second quarter, but Eck tallied two goals in the final nine minutes of the period and W&J led 8-4 at halftime.

The Presidents (5-10) took control of the match with the first six goals of the second half, four of which came during the third quarter. Angell fired home the first three goals before Eck set up the fourth, a shot from senior attacker Tom Starr (Baltimore, Md./Friends Academy), which broke the school point record at the 4:17 mark.

Three different W&J goalies played during the match. Sophomore Conor Crowe (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) earned the win after making 12 saves in 38 minutes.

Angell finished with six goals on 14 shot attempts, while junior midfielder Casey Smallwood (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) added two goals. Starr produced one goal and two assists, while senior defender Ryan Cronin (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and freshman midfielder Zachary Fredericks (Babylon, N.Y./Babylon) both notched one goal.

Junior midfielder Robert O'Grady (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) won 16 of 20 faceoffs and collected five ground balls. The Presidents outshot the Tomcats 41-37 and used a 42-26 edge in ground balls.

Francis Ahia netted a hat trick to lead Thiel, while Richard Cannon stopped 14 shots in the loss.

W&J will be looking for its first-ever win against Saint Vincent, having dropped the first seven meetings between the two schools.


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