CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington (Md.), ranked 18th in the latest USILA Division III coaches' poll, scored the first four goals of the second half to break open a 3-2 game and defeat McDaniel 8-4 in the Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse semifinals on Friday.
DJ Rickels (Forest Hill, Md./Boys Latin School of Maryland) tallied two goals for the Green Terror (9-7), who will now wait until Monday to hear if it earns a bid into the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (CC) Mid-Atlantic Championship tournament.
Matt Lewis scored four times to pace the Shoremen (11-4), who advance to their first CC title game since 2008 and will face Dickinson, which defeated Gettysburg 10-5 in the day's second semifinal.
Lewis opened the game's scoring with a solo run 4:47 into the contest before Dominic Serio doubled the advantage nearly five minutes later to give the hosts a 2-0 lead after one quarter.
Grant Hughes stretched the lead to 3-0 with 8:06 to play in the second period before Skippy Clary (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) broke up the shutout 58 seconds later.
Rickels finished a feed from Ben Yancheski (Towson, Md./Towson) with 3:14 remaining in the first half to close the deficit to one at the break.
Lewis tallied the only goal of the third quarter, finding the back of the net with 7:40 on the clock.
Lewis made it a 5-2 game 1:55 into the fourth quarter before Hughes stretched the advantage to four nearly three minutes later.
Luke Birnbaum finished a Serio feed with 7:26 on the clock before Rickles tallied with 4:25 remaining.
Lewis pushed the lead back to five just 46 seconds later before Matt Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata) set the final margin with four ticks remaining.
Washington finished with a 42-21 advantage in shots and 37-29 advantage in ground balls.
Brad Motley (Fallston, Md./Fallston) made 16 saves in net.