Men's Lacrosse Takes Down Washington for Second Straight Year, 8-6
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Thanks to five second quarter goals, the Swarthmore men's lacrosse team (4-10, 2-5 CC) battled past the visiting Washington Shoremen (4-8, 2-6 CC) for its second Conference win of the season on Wednesday evening at Clothier Field, 8-6.
After being outshot 16-4 and going down 3-2 in the first quarter, the Garnet offense pulled a 180 in the second quarter, scoring five goals and outshooting the Shoremen 16-4.
Junior Max Hubbard started the Swat rally, tying the game at three apiece less than three minutes into the second as he cut across the front of the crease and ripped a shot past the Washington netminder.
Freshman Jonathan Molloy scored Swarthmore's next three goals including a spectacular goal from off the ground after being fouled by a WAC defender to put the Garnet up 4-3.
Washington snuck one in five minutes later but Swat answered when sophomore Steve Selverian broke away after picking up a Washington turnover and fed a pass to Molloy who fired a shot from far out, scoring his third of the game.
Molloy tacked on another one a minute later, catching a pass from sophomore Wes Marcik and finding the far corner of the net from an almost impossible angle, putting the Garnet up 6-4.
After winning the next faceoff, senior Mark Czernyk picked up the ground ball and took it all the way to score his first career goal to give Swarthmore its biggest lead of the game only seven seconds after Molloy had scored.
For the seventh time this season Swarthmore scored first in the game, this time it came only 2:38 into the game when sophomore Wes Marcik picked up a Shoremen turnover and took it in alone, blasting a shot past the keeper.
After Washington tied up the game minutes later, freshman Jonathan Molloy gave Swarthmore the lead back, scoring his first of four in the game.
The Garnet took a 7-4 lead into the third quarter but the Washington offense took control once again, outshooting Swat again and putting up two goals.
Hubbard netted Swarthmore's lone goal of the third quarter, giving the Garnet an 8-6 lead going into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was a defensive battle that saw 14 turnovers.
Neither team would be able to find the back of the net in the fourth as Swarthmore held on to its 8-6 lead, picking up its second Centennial Conference win in its final home game of the season.
The Garnet finish up its season on Saturday April 23 when it travels to Haverford to take on its heated rival Fords. Play is set to kick off at 12:00 PM.