Oberlin Succumbs to a Second-Half Surge from Wittenberg

Springfield, Ohio Oberlin held a one-goal lead at the half and led by three early the third quarter, but the home Tigers of Wittenberg scored nine times in the final 30 minutes to get past the Yeomen 13-9 on Tuesday afternoon.

Wittenberg took a 9-8 lead into the fourth quarter after scoring five goals in the third and then went on to out-score the Yeomen 4-1 over the final 15 minutes to complete the comeback. The Tigers also out-shot Oberlin 12-3 in the fourth quarter.

Senior Connor Jackson and sophomore Alex Wagman each recorded a hat trick for the Yeomen, while Wagman also added two assists. Additionally, sophomore Matthew Fox contributed with two goals and a pair of assists as well.

It was 2-2 after one period as Nick Lobley and Fox scored back-to-back goals in-between bookend tallies by the Tigers.

Jackson started the second period with two straight goals, the first of which was assisted by Eric Hager, to put the Yeomen up 4-2. Wittenberg would respond with a pair of its own before Wagman cashed in a man-down goal with the help of a Fox pass to give the Yeomen the smallest of leads at the intermission.

Wagman started the second half the way he ended the first scoring just over a minute into the third quarter. Wittenberg answered back less than a minute later, but goals from Fox and Wagman made it an 8-5 Yeomen advantage with 11:12 left to play in the period.

From that point on, the Yeomen offense went cold and the Tigers' attack got into rhythm. A string of six straight Wittenberg goals put them on top 11-8 with 8:38 left to play in the game. Jackson, with the help of Wagman, would get the Yeomen back to within two on his third goal of the day, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers tacked on two more scores to leave no doubt in the outcome.

The Yeomen, who dropped to 5-6 overall and 0-4 in NCAC play, out-shot the Tigers 41-36 and won the ground ball battle 33-23. Jason Gibson was also unstoppable as he won 18 of 23 face-offs.

The Tigers moved to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the NCAC with the win.

The Yeomen will play their final home game of the season on Saturday when DePauw University comes to town for a 1:00 p.m. showdown.


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