March 17, 2013

Seahawk Men's Lacrosse Turns Back Skid at Ohio Wesleyan

Delaware, Ohio – The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team held off Ohio Wesleyan University's fourth period rally to record an 8-7 non-conference win over the host Battling Bishops, snapping a three-game losing streak and handing OWU its third straight loss.

Senior attackman Patrick Mull (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and sophomore midfielder Will Lerch (Lothian, Md./Calverton) paced the St. Mary's (3-4) offense with two goals and an assist apiece while senior attackman Stew D'Ambrogi (Severna Park, Md./Severn) dished a pair of helpers.

The game was tied 1-1 through the first period before a pair of man-up goals by Lerch, off of D'Ambrogi's stick, sent the Seahawks into halftime with a 3-2 lead.

Sophomore attackman John Umbach (Montclair, N.J.) was Ohio Wesleyan's (4-4) leading scorer with three goals while junior midfielder Spencer Schnell (Dublin, Ohio) chipped in a goal and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Sam Gioseffi (Harrison, N.Y.) helped kick start the offense with a 14-of-18 effort at face-off X, scooping up a game-high six loose balls.

St. Mary's extended its scoring run to four straight as the Seahawks rattled off three in the third quarter for a 6-2 advantage heading into the fourth and final stanza of the game. Mull picked up a goal and an assist in the third.

Goals by Mull and junior captain Gordy Long (Monkton, Md./St. Paul's) sandwiched the Battling Bishops' third tally of the day for an 8-3 Seahawk lead with 6:36 left in the game. Umbach sparked a 4-0 run for Ohio Wesleyan as he tallied the first of his hat trick at 6:09 and then sophomore midfielder Kyle Foster (Medfield, Mass.) cut the deficit to three with a man-up goal just 37 seconds later.

Umbach then scored twice in a 30-second span to make it a one-goal game with 2:23 on the clock. The Battling Bishops won the ensuing face-off but a turnover returned the ball to St. Mary's. Then a Seahawk miscue gave the ball back to OWU with 43 ticks left. The hosts then earned an extra-man opportunity with 28 seconds to go but senior goalkeeper Scott Marsh (Crofton, Md./South River) turned away the Battling Bishops' only shot attempt. St. Mary's went on to kill the remaining 14 seconds with its clear.

Marsh finished the afternoon with 12 saves, including eight between the second and third periods. Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan McMahon (Springfield, Va.) just came up with two stops in the OWU loss.

The Seahawks will look to turn around their three-game skid this Sunday, March 17 when St. Mary's travels to Delaware, Ohio to face Ohio Wesleyan University in non-conference action at 12:00 pm.

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