McNichol scores three and two
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Washington (Md.) built a 8-1 lead through the game's first 10:32 en route to a 21-8 victory over McDaniel in the Centennial Conference (CC) men's lacrosse opener for both teams on Saturday.
Timothy McNichol (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon) led the Green Terror (3-5, 0-1 CC) with three goals and two assists.
Jim Cusick and Stephen Luck paced the seventh-ranked Shoremen (7-1, 1-0 CC) with four goals and an assist each.
Cusick found the back of the net twice in the game's first 55 seconds before solo runs from Luck and Hunter Nowicki pushed the lead to 4-0 before three and a half minutes had elapsed.
Sean Brett (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) took a pass from McNichol and scored on McDaniel's first shot with 9:40 to play in the first quarter.
Four more Washington goals in a span of 2 minutes, 35 seconds pushed the lead to 8-1 before McNichol finished from Matt Dupras (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata) with 2:42 showing.
Jason Lawrence (Fallson, Md./Fallston) connected with Brett in the final 22 seconds to make it an 8-3 game but Washington scored twice in the waning seconds of the period for a 10-3 lead.
Four goals from four different players in the second quarter made it a 14-3 game at the break before a goal and an assist from Luck keyed a three-goal run in the first 4:03 of the second half.
Zach Monzo (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) finished off a pass from McNichol to make it a 17-4 game with 6:32 to play in the third quarter before JD Campbell stretched the lead back to 14 just 58 seconds later.
A McNichol unassisted tally 4:29 into the fourth quarter started a stretch of alternating goals in the final period.
Owen Evans scored the third man-up goal for the Shoremn with 8:13 to play before Troy Becker (Yardley, Pa./Notre Dame) responded 56 seconds later.
Stephen Goff and Jackson Balkin (Buffalo, N.Y./Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute) traded their first tallies of the season before Zach Revak got in the scoring column for the first time with 1:10 to play.
McNichol completed his hat trick with 28 seconds left for the final margin.
The Green Terror returns to action at Dickinson on Wednesday. Game time is 4 p.m.