DEFIANCE – Sophomores Alexander Gossard and Jalen Jackson were in sync with each other as they both established new records as the Wilmington College men's lacrosse team defeated Defiance Wednesday, 17-2.
For the second game in a row, Jackson (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) upped the assist ante that we set just a game ago with eight assists, five of which led to Gossard (Galloway, OH/Hilliard Bradley) goals. Jackson added two goals to go with his distributions, while Gossard tallied a record seven goals for the Fightin' Quakers.
Not only was Jackson effective offensively, he recorded eight ground ball pick-ups and two caused turnovers. Sophomore Garyk Todd (Pickerington, OH/Central) also had eight ground ball pick-ups and tied for a team-high with four caused turnovers. Sophomores Austin Johnston (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Bradley) and Alex Barton (Galloway, OH/Hilliard Bradley) also had four caused turnovers.
Four different players found the back of the net as Wilmington took a 5-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A power play enabled the Yellow Jackets to get on the board, but WC answered with back-to-back goals as freshman Reid Delaney (Wooster, OH/Wooster) scored for the second time and Gossard tallied his third goal of the contest.
Wilmington took a 8-2 advantage into the locker room, and proceeded to dominate the second half. The Fightin' Quakers blanked the host-Defiance, 9-0, in the final 30 minutes. Six of WC's goal came in the advantageous situation.
Defensively, the Green and White limited Defiance's attack – holding the Yellow Jackets to just 11 shots. Freshman Paul Koerbel (Maineville, OH/Kings) posted his second straight win (2-4), recording nine saves.
Delaney finished with four goals, while sophomore Evan Osborne (Middletown, OH/Lebanon) finished with three markers.
Wilmington (2-4) returns home to face Bethany 2 p.m. Saturday at Williams Stadium.