Shoremen 4-1 early in season
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.
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.