Lacrosse

Shore­men 4-1 early in sea­son

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GAL­LOWAY, N.J. — Ju­nior at­tack­man Casey Grieves ex­tended his scor­ing streak to five games Sat­ur­day, help­ing Wash­ing­ton de­feat host Stock­ton, 12-7, in a non-con­fer­ence lacrosse game. Grieves, who leads the 4-1 Shore­men with 16 goals and 25 points, scored his lone goal and had his only as­sist of the af­ter­noon early as the vis­i­tors opened up a 7-1 lead with 5 min­utes, 7 sec­onds re­main­ing in the first half. Se­nior at­tack­man Peter Ja­cobs’ unas­sisted goal with 1:05 to play be­fore in­ter­mis­sion made it 8-3 and proved to be the win­ning goal. Wash­ing­ton and Stock­ton (0-2) traded goals in the sec­ond half. Ja­cobs and ju­nior mid­fielder Trey Rit­ter (one as­sist) each had three goals for the Shore­men, who fin­ished with a mod­est 47-41 ad­van­tage in shots. Wash­ing­ton got stel­lar ef­forts from Car­son Met­zger, who won 14 of 20 face-offs, and se­nior keeper Ben Flood, who stopped 15 shots. The Shore­men also played well on de­fense, sur­viv­ing seven man-down sit­u­a­tions with­out giv­ing up a goal. Ja­cobs’ first goal of the af­ter­noon was off a pass from Cooper Sloan with 4:42 elapsed. The only tie came 5:20 later when Eric Ellis solved Flood. Wash­ing­ton scored twice in the fi­nal 1:27 of the first frame, touch­ing off a run of six unan­swered goals that stymied Stock­ton. Six dif­fer­ent guys scored for Wash­ing­ton — Rit­ter, Grieves, Ja­cobs, Cody Pas­cale, Tyler Pow­ers and Patrick Sul­li­van — in the tone-set­ting run that bridged the first and sec­ond pe­ri­ods. Wash­ing­ton out­shot its host in the first half, 31-11, and won nine of the 13 face­offs. Wash­ing­ton has won three games in a row since the 1810 de­feat at Wash­ing­ton and Lee on Feb. 24. The string of vic­to­ries in­cludes a 13-10 morale booster against in­state ri­val Frost­burg on March 3. Wash­ing- ton scored four goals in a row af­ter Frost­burg, which is coached by Ch­ester­town na­tive Tommy Pearce, tied the game at 9 with 12:31 re­main­ing. “Ben Flood was out­stand­ing in the sec­ond half (when he made 10 of his 13 saves) and came up big when we needed him most. The de­fense fixed our is­sues at half­time and did a much bet­ter

job ex­e­cut­ing in the sec­ond half,” Wash­ing­ton coach Jeff Shirk wrote in an email. He cred­ited Sloan (four goals, four as­sists), Tan­ner Bar­bieri (four goals) and Pow­ers (two goals on two shots) with fin­ish­ing their op­por­tu­ni­ties down the stretch. Sloan, off a look from Rit­ter, scored the go-ahead goal with 10:28 re­main­ing. He book­ended the 4-0 run with an unas­sisted goal at 4:44. Pow­ers scored back to back at 9:39 and 6:03 on as­sists from Grieves and Sloan, re­spec­tively. The Bob­cats (2-4) led 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3, 5-4 and 8-7, while the Shore­men played mostly catch-up un­til Sloan’s third goal of the af­ter­noon gave them the lead for good, 10-9.

PHOTO BY TR­ISH MCGEE

Ju­nior at­tack­man Casey Grieves (Eas­ton, Sts. Peter and Paul High School) has scored in all five games for 4-1 Wash­ing­ton and leads the team with 16 goals and 25 points.

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