Bears Win First Road Game of the Season

Anthony Wyler
Anthony Wyler

DALLAS, Pa. - The Coast Guard men's lacrosse team overcame an early two goal deficit, outscoring Misericordia 13-3 through the final three quarters for the teams first road victory of the season, 13-5 in nonconference action.

With the win the Bears improve to 5-2 on the season while the Cougars fall to 3-2 overall.

Sophomore Anthony Wyler had a game high five points with four goals and one assist. Wyler is tied for third on the team with 16 points on the season. Sophomore Ian Logan scored his second hat trick of the season with three goals while classmate Jack Pope had two goals. Freshman Riley McNulty and sophomore Benner Geurtsen each had two assists. Pope is third in the NEWMAC with 17 goals on the year while McNulty (25) and Geurtsen (22) are third and fifth respectively in points.

Misericordia was led by Pat Kellish who had two goals and one assist. Chris Flemming added a goal and assist while Jake Kocovsky and Brandon Winslow each tallied a goal of their own.

The Cougars controlled the scoreboard in the first half scoring the only two goals of the opening period. Kellish had a goal and assist over this stretch while Winslow tacked on the other goal.

The Bears answered with their own shutout period scoring five unanswered goals before halftime. Wyler had four points in the second period alone with three goals and an assist while sophomore Cole Hudson and Pope added the other two tallies.

In the third quarter the two teams swapped the first two goals of the period before Coast Guard went on another run scoring six straight goals into the fourth quarter. The Cougars added two late goals while the Bears scored one wrapping up Coast Guard's fifth win of the season.

Sophomore Trey Johnson (5-2) made a season high 14 saves, allowing five goals on 19 shots on goal. Johnson is second in the conference in saves (64) and goals agains average (7.37) and fifth in save percentage (58.2%). He also had a career high eight ground balls.

Antonio Whyte (3-2) started in goal for the Cougars making seven saves on 16 shot on goal and allowing nine. Matt Beck relieved him playing the final 20:43 of the game making four saves and allowing four goals on eight shots on goal.

Sophomore Colin Cashin was once again dominant in the face-off circle winning 16-22 with eight ground balls. Cashin leads the NEWMAC with 61 ground balls on the season and 97 won face-offs. As of March 24th, he is 10th in the nation in face-off win percentage (.723) and 11th in ground balls per game (8.83).

The Coast Guard defense caused a season high 14 turnovers led by freshman Justin Edwards who had three along with sophomores Tom Bleifuss, Wyler and Hudson who each had two.

The Bears are back in action on Saturday April 1st, when they travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts to take on MIT in their first NEWMAC game of the season. Opening face-off is 1:00 pm.

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