NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers men's lacrosse snapped a six-game slide with an outpouring of offense on Saturday (March 23) against the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals in the Great Midwest opener for both teams.
Walsh trailed 4-1 in the first quarter before using a seven goal stretch to pull away from the Cardinals in an 18-8 victory.
The Cardinals opened a 2-0 lead with goals in the four minutes of the game. Sully Dowling answered with an unassisted goal thirty seconds later. Over the next six minutes, Wheeling Jesuit scored two more goals to make it 4-1 with 4:14 left in the first quarter. Ten seconds after the goal, Evan Bradley scored after Jake Cieszynski won the faceoff. Preston Coffman pulled the Cavaliers within one in the final three minutes of the quarter. Wheeling Jesuit led 4-3 after one quarter at Vasco Field.
Walsh scored eight goals in the second quarter, creating distance between the teams. Brent Mitchell scored the tying goal and assisted on another for the lead when Walsh scored the first three goals of the frame within two minutes. Mitchell assisted Brian Apshago on his first goal of the day, as Walsh led 5-4. Kevin McMahon scored from an assist by Coffman, giving Walsh a 6-4 lead with 13:02 to go before halftime. The Cardinals tied the game at six with two consecutive goals in a span of four minutes. Within a minute, Grant Howard put the Cavaliers up 7-6. With six minutes left, the Cardinals knotted the score at seven. Walsh closed out the second quarter with four straight goals. McMahon scored twice while Brydan Heisler and Howard each found the back of the net. Walsh led 11-7 at halftime.
The third quarter was a defensive battle with only one goal scored by the Cavaliers. McMahon tallied his fourth goal of the game, an unassisted goal. The Cavaliers held a 12-7 lead after three quarters.
Walsh outscored Wheeling Jesuit 6-1 in the final 15 minutes, leading to a 18-8 score. Jake Creagh scored from a Kyle Lacey assist before Bradley scored his second goal of the afternoon. The Cardinals scored their final goal with 13 minutes left. Apshago tallied a goal and an assist in the final 11 minutes while Mitchell, Bradley and Howard scored again.
Five players had multi-goal games as nine different players found the back of the net. McMahon scored four goals with one assist. Bradley tallied three goals and two groundballs. Howard finished with three goals while Apshago and Mitchell each scored two goals.
Cieszynski won 22-of-27 faceoffs and grabbed 13 groundballs for the Cavaliers. Creagh, Lacey and Gabe Brown all had four groundballs on defense.
Patrick Cuddihy made seven saves and had three groundballs in the goal.
Walsh will host Lake Erie on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM.