The Shoremen finish the 2020 season 0-6 after an abrupt halt of spring sports
By Austin Allen
Elm Staff Writer
Opponent Connor Kiichle scored the game-winning goal with 8.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter as the visiting Illinois Wesleyan scored the game’s final six goals in a 13-12 win over host Washington College in non-conference men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday, March 11 at Kibler Field at Roy Kirby Jr. Stadium.
To start the match off, the Shoremen came out on fire as they scored the game’s first four goals to take a 4-0 lead with a little under eight minutes left to go in the first quarter. This occurred as sophomore Jeremy Wilson scored an unassisted goal that gave the Shoremen that 4-0 lead.
Wilson said, “To go up big on Wesleyan was huge for us because we knew how important it would be to create that gap.”
The Shoremen would then lead 5-2 to close out the first quarter.
Then, Illinois Wesleyan would go on to score the first two goals of the second quarter to trim the lead to 5-4 with a little under 10 minutes left to go on a Wil Laidlaw unassisted tally.
Closing the gap on the Shoremen was crucial, ; however, the Shoremen have been in this position before, so they understood how to remain composed and never get rattled. The Shoremen remained calm and stuck to the game plan that Coach provided.
Senior captain Cooper Sloan said, “We all been here before, and coach just told us to stick to the game plan and we will be fine.”
The Shoremen would answer with three goals in 78 seconds to take an 8-4 lead with a little under five minutes remaining on a Sloan unassisted score. This came after he stole a clearing attempt by Illinois Wesleyan.
Wesleyan would then score the last two goals of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 8-6 on a Laidlaw goal with a little under 50 seconds to go and the Shoremen took the two goal lead into the half.
Senior Cody Pascale said, “Taking the lead into the half was good for us. We understood where we were, and we knew we had to finish the job. I was also happy with how our team played in the first half, but we can always be better as a unit.”
Going into the third quarter of play, the Shoremen scored the only two goals to lead 10-6 after three, with Pascale and Wilson scoring for the hosts.
The Shoremen scored two of the fourth’s quarter’s first three goals to take a 12-7 advantage with a little under 10 minutes to go on a Hoe Maimone score. This was huge for the Shoremen as that gave them a five-point lead over visiting Wesleyan.
Then, Rick Smith lead the comeback for Wesleyan just 76 seconds after junior Joey Maimone’s goals to make it 12-8.
Now only down three, Illinois Wesleyan got two goals in 15 seconds by Carson Kiichle to erase the deficit to 12-11 with just a little over four minutes to go. The contest was getting tight as both teams were competing hard and playing with a lot of intensity.
Ty Collins then tied the game 24 seconds later at 12-12 on a dish from Paul Mucci. With the game all knotted up at 12 apiece, it came down to the last couple of seconds. After forcing a late turnover with just a little under a minute left, the Titans were able to clear the ball and Connor Kiichle scored from the left side with just 8.6 seconds remaining in the game.
The Shoremen won the face-off but could not get off a shot before the end of the game, resulting in a 13-12 loss.
Senior Cody Pascale was named the Goose Nation TV Shoremen Player of the Game on the webcast, finishing the game with four goals.
This was the last game of the 2020 season for the WC men’s lacrosse team as the remainder was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak that has created unsafe conditions to continue play.