By Pat Mariboe
Elm Staff Writer
After a disappointing 1-4 start to the season the Shoremen intended to get back to their winning ways when they faced off against No.6 ranked Amherst College on Tuesday following two straight defeats last week. The Amherst Lord Jeffs, who came into the contest with an undefeated 5-0 record, proved to be a tough test for Washington College.
The Shoremen started off the game on the right foot, scoring in the first 21 seconds of the game off a goal by freshman attackman Tanner Barbieri. The Shoremen added to their early lead with goals by sophomore attackman Stephen Goff Jr., senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum, and sophomore attackman Owen Evans to give the Shoremen the 4-0 lead with just under eight minutes to go in the first quarter. The Lord Jeffs fought back, scoring with five minutes to go in the first and then two more goals only eight seconds apart to cut the Shoremen lead to 4-3 at the end of the first quarter.
With under nine minutes to go in the second quarter, senior attackman Sam Birnbaum scored, giving the Shoremen lead to 5-3. However, Amherst got back on the board shortly after, and the game went into the first intermission with WC holding onto a 5-4 lead. The Shoremen outshot the Lord Jeffs 26-16 in the first half.
The Shoremen scored the first goal of the third quarter, but then began to lose some of their composure, as the Lord Jeffs went on a 6-0 scoring run and eventually won the game 13 to 10. Despite coming back and scoring four goals in the fourth quarter, there weren’t enough late game magic for the Shoremen who picked up their fifth loss of the season and their third straight as well.
On Saturday, the Shoremen played their third home game of the season and their first Centennial Conference game when they faced off against McDaniel College. There was another early goal for the Shoremen when senior attackman Stephen Luck scored just two minutes into the game. The Green Terror added three quick goals of their own, but Luck got a goal back for the Shoremen when he scored with less than 10 minutes to go in the first half. McDaniel scored a goal a few minutes later, until freshman attackman Tyler Powers scored a quick shot from close range to lessen their deficit by one goal, with the Green Terror possessing the 4-3 lead heading into halftime.
The Shoreman tied the game up with a goal by Sam Birnbaum early in the third quarter. Birnbaum’s goal would end up being the first of six unanswered goals the Shoremen would score in the game before winning 9-5. Luck finished with three goals and an assist for the Shoreman while Evans contributed two goals and one assist in the victory. The Shoremen outshot the Green Terror 47-26. WC are back in action on Wednesday when they face off away at Haverford in a Centennial Conference matchup. Haverford is 3-4 on the season as they lost their conference opener to Gettysburg, 3-14.
The Shoremen face tougher competition in the conference this season than last, as Gettysburg (No.4) is nationally ranked and Ursinus stands at 5-1 overall this season. Along with these two teams and the Shoremen, Franklin & Marshall won their conference opener to start out the season 1-0.