Men’s lacrosse team defeated by Christopher Newport Captains during second game

By Lauren Zedlar 

Elm Staff Writer 

On Saturday, March 13, the Shormen faced their second opponent of the season on the Kibler Field. The game ended as a loss for the Shormen against the Christopher Newport University Captains. The final score was 18–4, making the Shoreman’s record now 1–1. 

The Captains scored the first two goals of the game in the first 47 seconds. 

The Shoremen answered with a goal scored by junior captain Ewan Temple, bringing the score to 2–1. In the final minutes of the first quarter the Captains scored three consecutive goals increasing their lead to 5–1. 

During the second quarter, the Captains took control of the game scoring an additional five goals. Entering halftime, the score stood at 10–1, Captains. 

Returning from halftime, the Shoremen scored the first two goals of the third quarter within the first 3 minutes. The first scored by junior captain, Kyle Gittelman.  Senior captain Charlie Wittich scored just under two minutes later, assisted by senior captain Joey Maimone. 

This marked Gittleman’s first career goal at Washington College.

With 11 seconds left in the third quarter, sophomore Logan Clefish scored an additional goal for the Shoremen, which would be the last goal of the game. The score was 14–4, Captains, going into the fourth. 

During the fourth quarter, the captains scored four more goals making the final score of the game 18–4. 

This win continued the Captains’ undefeated record for this year at 4–0. After this loss, the Shoremen are now 2–1 entering their next match. 

“Yesterday was a learning experience for all of us and in order for us to have success in conference play we will have to fix the mistakes that we made versus CNU,” Maimome said. 

“It was really tough to go from being on such a high winning our first game from playing in this one and losing,” freshman Grant Thomas said. “But we can’t let this loss put us down, especially as Conference play is creeping up on us.” 

Overall stats of the game showed the Shoremen were 16-for-26 for clears during the match while the Captains were 19-for-20. 

The Shoremen collected 23 turnovers but were the cause of five turnovers for the Captains. The Captains had 17 turnovers and caused 9 turnovers for the Shoremen. 

Senior captain and goalie Chis Del Rosario had 12 saves with 18 goals allowed. Gittleman had the team high of four ground balls. 

The Shoremen’s next game is on Saturday, March 20, at 12 p.m. versus the Gettysburg College Bullets. This game takes place home at Kibler Field and marks the first conference game for the Shoremen.

Featured Photo caption: The Shoremen celebrate after a goal. Photo by Mark Cooley. 

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