Cusick Leads No. 6 Washington College by Muhlenberg

ALLENTOWN, Pa. Senior attackman Jim Cusick (Fallston, Md./Calvert Hall) matched his career-high with a game-best five goals as #6 Washington College had its way in against Muhlenberg at Scotty Wood Stadium on Friday night in a Centennial Conference men's lacrosse game. The Shoremen improve to 9-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference, while the Mules drop to 1-9 and 0-4 respectively.

Washington took control of the game with three goals in the first 2:22 of the game to lead 3-0. Sophomore midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) scored unassisted just 52 seconds in to put the Shoremen up for good. Senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Baltimore, Md./Franklin) made it 2-0 just 64 seconds later and 26 seconds later junior midfielder Michael Trapp (White Plains, N.Y./White Plains) deposited an unassisted score to make it 3-0.

The Shoremen scored four more goals in the first quarter to lead by seven after the opening 15 minutes with Nowicki scoring a pair of goals. Also scoring for WC in the first were senior midfielder Kodie Englehart (Coronado, Calif./Coronado), junior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) and junior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East).

The Shoremen outscored the Mules 6-0 in the second quarter to take a 13-0 lead into halftime. Cusick scored the final three goals of the first half and four total, while Nowicki scored twice for the guests in the quarter.

Cusick scored his fourth straight goal to open the third quarter scoring with 6:54 to go and junior midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) tallied a goal with 5:43 remaining to give Washington a 15-goal lead entering the fourth.

In the fourth, sophomore midfielder David Pim (Gaithersburg, Md./Heights School) made it 16-0 with his first WC goal with 9:02 left, but the Mules got onto the scoreboard seven seconds later when Jason Mertz scored from Elliot Dennis off the face-off. Mertz netted his second goal with 2:21 left on a man-up tally from Tom Glancy.

Nowicki joined Cusick with five points in the game to lead all players as Nowicki matched his personal-best in goals with four and he also added an assist. Englehart, Hughes and Luck each had two points on a goal and an assist.

Trapp won 11 of 13 in face-offs and led all participants with seven groundballs in the win. In goal, freshman goalkeeper Jackson Szurley (Lincoln, R.I./Moses Brown) made 10 saves to set a career-high in the final 20:43 of the game in relief of senior goalkeeper Ted DiSalvo (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) who made four saves in 39:17 of action and did not give up a goal.

Mertz scored both of Muhlenberg's goals. In goal, Adam Schlauch made seven saves and allowed 12 goals in 25:04 of action, while Kyle Larkin made eight saves and gave up four goals in the final 34:56.

WC outshot Muhlenberg 51-39, with 19 of the Mules' shots coming in the fourth quarter, and won 13 of the game's 20 face-offs. Washington had 35 ground balls, to just 26 for Muhlenberg. The Shoremen were 11 for 13 in clears, while the Mules were 8 for 9. Muhlenberg was 1 for 6 in man-up situations, while Washington was 0 for 5.

The two goals allowed were the fewest given up since a 16-2 win over Elizabethtown on March 7, 2007.

The Shoremen are back on the road again on Wednesday night with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game at Ursinus.

2014-04-04



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