By Koppany Jordan
Elm Staff Writer
For sophomore Stephen Poarch of Washington Coillege, Wednesday’s game on the road to Haverford was a great day for personal achievements. Poarch had a great game as the Shoremen traveled north to Pennsylvania to face the Fords, the two teams prepared for a game that could go either way. The team had been practicing and preparing for their next game. It proved to be a worthy challenge indeed, with the Shoremen just barely falling 62-60.
Opening the game, Haverford dashed to a quick lead of 14-2 in the first four minutes of the game. The Shoremen would not be content with this; they went on to frustrate the Fords by closing the gap to 23-18 with a little over 8:30 remaining.
Sophomore Stephen Poarch remained relentless as he worked hard to turn the tide. Though the Haverford Fords scored the next seven of nine points, the Shoremen began to outscore them for the rest of the first half. The half concluded 36-32 with WC being down by four points to the Fords, closing with sophomore guard Sean Brook’s final three pointer.
After halftime the Shoremen came back to tie the Fords within the first three minutes of the second half to 38-38. However, the Fords began to counter but the Shoremen were able to keep up making it a one point game with 10:35 to go in the game. The gap was widened though by Haverford to 60-54 with under two minutes remaining.
Holding on, the Washington College Shoremen held on by outscoring the Haverford Fords in the second half though falling short in the end at 62-60.
Stephen Poarch led the team scoring 21 points for WC. The Shoremen relied on a steady offense and had the fewest turnovers in the game. Acquiring the most points off turnovers, the team shot 45 percent from the field and 89 percent from the foul line.
Washington College returns to Cain Gymnasium at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 as they face off against Centennial Conference rival Gettysburg College.
Don’t forget to wear your WC gear to honor the Seniors and all their accomplishments over the last four years.