Early Scoring Spurt Pushes Adrian Past Wooster 16-11
WOOSTER, Ohio – Adrian College started the first period on a 5-0 scoring run, which proved to be the difference in the outcome, as The College of Wooster played an otherwise evenly-matched game, but was unable to make up its early deficit and was defeated 16-11 Saturday afternoon in a non-conference men's lacrosse match-up at an unseasonably warm John P. Papp Stadium.
After the Bulldogs (5-1) scored five unanswered points in the game's opening 8:07, the Scots (3-4) responded with goals from Mike Perrino and Matt Ranck, both assisted by Pat Henderson, to pull within 5-2.
Adrian increased its lead back up to five (7-2) early in the second period, but then the Scots went on a mini-run by scoring three of the game's next four goals. First, Patrick Schlick netted a difficult behind the back shot, and shortly after, Dean Marchitelli and Henderson both beat the 'keeper to make it a three-goal game (8-5).
Wooster drew within three again at 9-6 early in the third period, but then the Bulldogs began to steadily pull away. Henderson scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period, when he corralled a quick feed from Steve Crozier and dropped the ball in over the 'keeper's head, which made it 11-7, however, Adrian ended the stanza with three goals in 4:47 of play to create a 14-8 cushion.
Ranck and Perrino each scored to start the fourth period, and then Crozier almost added another, but his shot hit the post, one of five Wooster shots to do so on the day, leaving Adrian's advantage at 14-10, which was as close as the Scots got from that point on.
The biggest statistical advantage for the Bulldogs was in the circle, where they won 21-of-31 face-off attempts.
Offensively, Ranck paced Wooster with a career-high seven points (5 goals, 2 assists), while Henderson added five points on two goals and three helpers. On the defensive end, Sean Hohan led the Scots with six groundballs, and Sam Cook scooped up five. Goalkeeper Matt Magoon made 11 saves.
The Scots will look to snap their recent losing skid when they host Thiel College Wednesday at 4 p.m.