Men's Lax falls to Thiel
The Wilmington College men's lacrosse team fell to Thiel, 13-6, Saturday in non-conference action at Williams Stadium. The Fightin' Quakers fall to 0-4 on the season.
"We played tough for times," said Wilmington head coach Domenic Marzano. "It only takes a couple minutes for us to get behind and that's what happened.. "Thiel is the same team that beat us 17-4 last year. In the last minutes of the game, we didn't do what we had to do. We just got wore out. Good thing is we are improving every game. This is the best game we played all year. And it is one of the most competitive games we had for a while"
Sophomore Alexander Gossard (Galloway, OH/ Hillard Bradley) gave Wilmington the lead with a goal. The Tomcat scored three unanswered goals, two within minutes and the last one during a man-up opportunity with 1:31 remaining in the first quarter.
Sophomore Jalen Jackson (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) got one on the board after the Tomcats scored in the second quarter. Thiel followed with three unanswered goals, bring their lead to 7-2. The Quakers and Tomcats fought shot for shot in the third period. Jackson assisted on two goals, one by Gossard and the other by freshman Nick Perry (Carmel, IN/Carmel). But the quarter ended with the Quakers still down, 10-5.
In the fourth quarter, freshman Reid Delaney (Wooster, OH/ Wooster) opened with a goal at the 11:19 mark on an extra man opportunity. The Tomcats stopped the Quakers from scored again while putting three more goals on the board.
"Reid Delaney played really well," said Marzano. "He only got one goal out of the thing. But he ran his tail off all game. He controlled the ball for us, dodged, and played well. He just didn't finish.
"We had a lot of guys on the field that would draw their slide and just not finishing shots," Marzano continued. "We were handling the look or a little break down here and there. We were making the right looks and we were making the right plays, but we weren't finishing."
Between the pipes, freshman Paul Koerbel (Maineville, OH/Kings) racked up 20 saves out of 33 shots.
"When we start finishing opportunities, we will be a team that can run in every single game. We just have to do it," said Marzano. "I think we have improved drastically since a week ago, where we had 45 turnovers in a game to where we are now."
Wilmington returns to the field Saturday with a home match against Franciscan.