By Brian Klose
Elm Staff Writer
After a wild victory at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the 1-2 Shoremen entered the week of spring break looking to earn two key wins against Division III up-and-comers Frostburg State and No. 11 Ohio Wesleyan. Unfortunately, the then-ranked No.16 Washington College men’s lacrosse team went 0-2 over the break, placing them out of the DIII Top-20. The 1-4 start to the season is the program’s worst through five games since 2004. Host Frostburg State improved to 4-0 (now 7-0), and the home loss to Ohio Wesleyan brought the Battling Bishops to 5-0 (now 6-0 and ranked No.8 in the nation).
Freshmen attackman Tanner Barbieri led the Shoremen in goals over the two-game stretch, netting four against Frostburg and two against OWU. Barbieri, in his first season as a Shoremen, leads the team in goals with nine.
After stepping in for senior goalie Andrew Bolland during the loss to Washington and Lee earlier in the season, and starting in WC’s first victory against St. Mary’s, sophomore goalie Jackson Szurly was renamed the starter for the spring break campaign. Szurly made eight saves against Frostburg and five against OWU.
At Frostburg, the Bobcats took an early 1-0 lead after scoring on the first shot of the game. The Shoremen soon answered when senior and co-captain midfielder Luke Birnbaum, who took advantage of an assist from his twin brother, senior attackman Sam Birnbaum. It would be the closest the Shoremen would come to an advantage over the Bobcats.
The first quarter ended with Frostburg holding a tight 4-3 over the Shoremen. The Bobcats began to take control of the game with a three-goal surge to start the second quarter, taking an 8-5 lead into halftime.
Frostburg, entering the third quarter, continued to handle the game by shutting out the Shoremen and giving the Bobcats a comfortable 10-5 lead heading into the final quarter. Senior attackman Stephen Luck ended the Shoremen’s scoring drought 20 seconds into the fourth quarter. WC would end up scoring four goals in the period, but with Frostburg answering each time, WC had no opportunity to ease the deficit. The Bobcats emerged victorious, 14-9.
After the loss to Frostburg State, the Shoremen lost any momentum gained from the win against St. Mary’s, and the home game against OWU proved to be a tough challenge. WC played and defeated OWU during last season’s spring break in Ohio, but this year,the Bishops looked to return the favor.
The first half was a back and forth battle between the two teams, with WC briefly taking a 4-3 lead during the second quarter after a goal from Barbieri. OWU ended up leading the game 6-5 into halftime. The next half however, was all Ohio Wesleyan. The Bishops shutout the Shoremen offense for the entire second half and walked away from Kibler Field with a 10-5 victory.
The Shoremen’s next home matchup is their first Centennial Conference game of the season as they face McDaniel on Saturday on Kibler Turf at 1 p.m.