#9 Shoremen Edge #7 Lynchburg, 8-7, to Advance

LYNCHBURG, VA -- Senior midfielder Ryan Morrison (Manhasset, NY/Manhasset/Salisbury School, CT) scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal with 7:56 left in the game as visiting and ninth-ranked Washington College defeated seventh-ranked host Lynchburg, 8-7, in an NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament second round game this afternoon at Shellenberger Field. Washington head coach J.B. Clarke picked up his 100th victory at WC with the win.

The Hornets (13-4) held a 5-3 lead with under five minutes remaining in the second quarter, but the Shoremen (14-4) rallied to tie the game at 5-5 by halftime as Morrison scored an extra-man goal with 4:12 on the clock and freshman attackman Jimmy Kielek (Baltimore, MD/Archbishop Curley) fired in a goal with 2:12 left before the intermission.

The Shoremen took a 6-5 lead early with 11:19 to play in the third quarter as a failed Lynchburg pass got by Hornet goalie Garrett Curran. The goal was credited to Washington's in-home, sophomore attackman Mike Sutter (Ellicott City, MD/Mount St. Joseph). The Hornets tied the game at 6-6 on a goal by Ryan Cranston with 8:24 remaining in the third quarter, but sophomore attackman Chris Read (Baltimore, MD/Boys Latin) scored a extra man goal with 6:41 left in the third quarter on a pass from Kielek to put Washington back in front, 7-6. Lynchburg knotted the score at 7-7 with just 17 seconds remaining in the third as Johnny Black scored a fast-break goal off a feed from Cranston.

Morrison's game-winner, a shot past the left side of Curran, was the only goal scored in the fourth quarter. Ryan Quick got off Lynchburg's final shot, but Washington senior goalie Kevin Thibadeau (Cheshire, CT/Avon Old Farms) made the save to give the Shoremen the ball back with 1:38 to play. The Hornets created a turnover with under 30 seconds to play, but gave the ball right back as Washington held on for the win.

Kielek tallied two goals and one assist for the Shoremen, while Morrison added two goals of his own. Read, Sutter, junior midfielder Andrew Ostrusky (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park/Bridgton, ME), and junior defenseman Jon Kenney (Amherst, NY/Amherst) each finished with one goal, while senior attackman Sam Lane (Fairfield, CT/Fairfield) added one assist.

Brian Kemper led Lynchburg with three goals, while Cranston had two goals and an assist and Black finished with two goals. A.J. Tinklepaugh added two assists for the Hornets.

Thibadeau finished with 12 saves in the win for Washington, while Curran made six stops for Lynchburg. Lynchburg held a 29-23 advantage in shots and an 11-8 advantage in face-offs in the game. Washington held a slim 23-22 edge in ground balls.

With the win, Clarke's record at Washington improves to 100-35. He is the fastest men's lacrosse coach to record 100 wins at Washington College and third WC coach to reach the century mark, joining Don Kelly (167-95-1) and Terry Corcoran (125-55). Clarke's overall collegiate head coaching record stands at 109-40, including a year at Greensboro College.

The Shoremen will travel to top-ranked Salisbury Wednesday to take on the three-time NCAA Division III National Champion Sea Gulls in a 4:00 p.m.

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LYNCHBURG, VA Senior midfielder Ryan Morrison scored the game-winning goal midway through the fourth quarter and the defense made the lead stand up as Washington College (MD) defeated Lynchburg College 8-7 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The Shoremen advance into the tournament's Elite Eight traveling to Salisbury University Wednesday for a quarterfinal contest.

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