March 29, 2014

Wooster Edged Out at Witt, 7-5

Max Rubin
Max Rubin

In a game that was full of momentum shifts, Wittenberg University managed to gain one at a critical time, as the Tigers rattled off the game's last three goals to get past The College of Wooster, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon in a North Coast Athletic Conference tilt at Springfield, Ohio.

Wooster (7-2, 0-2 NCAC) led 2-0 just 1:34 into the first quarter, as Tom Herold scored his 18th and 19th goals of the season to push the momentum into the Scots' corner.

Wittenberg (6-2, 1-1 NCAC) responded with its first of two three-goal runs, with this one giving the hosts a 3-2 advantage early in the second quarter.

The Tigers held that lead for just over two minutes before Evan Albertson beat the 'keeper to knot the score up at 3-3. Then later in the quarter, Nate Weltman scored on an assist from Herold which put Wooster back on top, 4-3, heading into the halftime break.

With under six minutes remaining in the third period, Wittenberg's Jordan Shoger finished off a hat trick to tie the game at 4-4, but that lead lasted just 41 seconds, as Josh Herold delivered on a feed from fellow first-year Pat McKay to put Wooster in front 5-4.

Just a few minutes later, Wittenberg scored an equalizer to make it 5-5 entering the fourth, and it was then that the Tigers pulled away for good with two more goals early in the final stanza that gave them a 7-5 cushion they did not relinquish.

Both goalkeepers were busy, as each team took over 30 shots, with Matt Magoon making 15 saves and his counterpart Jay Dolan recording 14. Wooster held a significant advantage on face-offs, where Max Rubin won 11-of-16, although the Tigers held a 29-21 lead in groundballs.

The Scots will be looking to get another win streak started when they visit Otterbein University (3-4) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.