NORTH CANTON, Ohio - The Walsh Cavaliers men's lacrosse team got back to winning ways in a rainy 14-8 win over the Wilmington (Del.) Wildcats at Vasco Field on Saturday (March 30).
The Cavaliers got off to a 4-0 lead after one quarter and never looked back as they led by as many as eight.
Brent Mitchell scored the first two goals of the game, including one assisted by Evan Bradley. With three minutes left in the quarter, Brian Apshago scored off an assist from Kevin McMahon. Sully Dowling closed the first frame with a goal, assisted by Bradley.
Walsh continued the offensive dominance into the second quarter with three straight goals in the first six minutes. Apshago tallied his second of the day less than a minute into the quarter. Jake Creagh made it 6-0 Cavaliers with a goal from a pass from Bradley, his third assist in the game. Bradley pushed the lead to seven with an unassisted goal with 9:26 left before halftime. The Wildcats scored two straight goals, closing the deficit to 7-2. McMahon added one goal back with 1:11 left in the quarter before Wilmington closed the first half with a goal. Walsh lead 8-2 at halftime.
Each team scored twice in the third quarter, keeping the deficit at bay. The Wildcats bookended the quarter with the first and last goals, both being man up goals. Within a span of 1:20, Marcus Brown and Bradley each scored unassisted goals. Walsh was in control 10-5 as we headed to the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers came out of the gates firing in the final quarter, scoring three straight goals for an eight goal advantage. McMahon scored from Apshago as the Cavaliers were a man down with 11:47 to go. Four minutes later, the pair reversed fortune as McMahon assisted a goal by Apshago with the Cavs on the power play. Dowling added his second goal of the day with 6:54 remaining. The Wildcats had a quick answer as they scored 13 seconds later. Walsh's final goal was scored by Apshago, assisted by Preston Coffman with 5:30 left. The Wildcats ended the game with two straight goals but the Cavaliers were in control, winning 14-8.
Apshago and Bradley each had five points as Apshago ended with four goals and one assist. Bradley had two goals and three assists. McMahon finished with two goals and two assists in the contest. Mitchell and Dowling both had two goals apiece.
Jake Cieszynski won ten faceoffs, grabbing five groundballs in the process. Jake Selvage had four groundballs while Apshago and Mitchell each had three. The team picked up 35 groundballs as a whole. Selvage also led the team with three caused turnovers.
Noah Ross made 12 saves in a winning effort in the goal.
The Cavaliers will host Davis & Elkins on Saturday (April 6) at 11:00 AM.