(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – Dwight Van Dyke's goal shortly after the start of the second half propelled Walsh to a much-needed 2-1 victory over visiting Davis & Elkins at Milazzo Field on Thursday evening. The win moved the Cavaliers up to 4-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the G-MAC, while the Senators dropped even to 3-3-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the conference.
Van Dyke's score was much needed considering the Senators started the second half on fire with a score just 72 seconds into the frame. That's when Felipe Polycarpo was able to equalize the game on the assist from Abel Ameyaw. However five minutes later, Van Dyke was able to cross up Senator keeper Richard Glemawu on an assist from fellow forward Myles Cornwall.
Brandon Denton initially put the Maroon and Gold on the board early in the game when he headed in a beautiful cross sent in from the left by Adam Wood. The ball was nearly deflected just before that, but Denton was waiting on the far post and fit it just inside the crossbar at 12:53.
Walsh spent much of the second half playing defense as the Senators pressured goalie Tom Jackson for another equalizer. The senior came up big and made eight saves on 23 shots faced overall in the game. Fourteen of those came in the second half compared to Walsh's three and nine overall for the game.
The Cavaliers will look to make it two in a row against teams from the Mountain State as they take on Alderson Broaddus on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Members of the 1993 team that went 21-4 will be in attendance to celebrate the 25th anniversary of making the national tournament, the only squad in program history to do so.