WOOSTER, Ohio – The College of Wooster outscored Adrian College 8-1 during a dominant stretch that spanned nearly two quarters, which propelled the Fighting Scots to their third-straight victory to open the season, an 11-7 win over the reigning Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champions on Wednesday evening on Andrew Turf Field at John P. Papp Stadium.
It was an impressive win for the Fighting Scots (3-0), as the Bulldogs (0-1), who were picked to repeat as champions in the MIAA in the preseason polls, had defeated Wooster rather handily in 2011 (15-3) and 2012 (16-11).
The Scots found themselves behind 2-0 late in the first quarter, but Pat Henderson scored on an assist from Jake Bernard during a man-up situation to put Wooster on the scoreboard with 1:58 to go in the stanza. That goal sparked a game-changing scoring run, as Nate Weltman then added another Wooster goal with nine seconds remaining in the quarter to knot the score at 2-2.
Wooster scored the only two goals of the second quarter, with the first one coming on a connection between brothers, as Josh Herold passed to Tom Herold to give the Scots their first lead of the game at 3-2. Later in the quarter, Josh Herold registered his own unassisted tally to make it 4-2 at the break.
After Adrian snapped Wooster's four-goal run with its own score early in the third quarter, the Scots added another four consecutive goals, each from a different player, as Tom Herold, Henderson, PJ Dallman, and Bernard increased their cushion on the scoreboard to 8-3. That was all Wooster needed to seal the outcome.
The win could have been more decisive, but all-conference goalkeeper Matt Magoon played just 42:08 of the 60-minute triumph. He allowed only three of Adrian's seven goals during that span and made eight saves along the way.
Another key to the victory was face-off man Max Rubin, who won 13-of-20 with nine groundballs.
Offensively, Josh Herold was Wooster's points leader with the best game of his young career, recording two goals and three assists.
Adrian's Eric Fannell matched Herold with five points coming on a hat trick and two helpers. Goalkeeper Kevin Lerg notched 12 saves in the setback.
The Scots will face their toughest challenge to date when they host nationally-ranked Denison University (3-0) in North Coast Athletic Conference action on Sunday at noon.