Visiting Wilmington Scores Late to Stump Men's Lacrosse in First-Ever Meeting to Open 2017

Photo by Mike Dickie.
Photo by Mike Dickie.

ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior defender Cody Schmitt tied his career high in points and freshman Griffin Davison registered a hat trick in his Adrian Bulldogs debut, but it wasn't enough as visiting Wilmington College scored three goals late in the fourth quarter to take a 13-10 non-conference men's lacrosse victory on Saturday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Wilmington 13, Adrian 10

= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather conditions: Cloudy, 29 degrees, windy

= Records: Wilmington Quakers 1-0 ; Adrian Bulldogs 0-1

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshman Griffin Davison scored three goals and had two ground balls in his collegiate debut.

= Senior Cody Schmitt tied his career high for goals (2) and total points (3), plus he tied for the game lead with six ground balls from his defensive position.

= Goalie Brett Farrelly made 11 saves.

= Junior defenseman Callum Clark notched the first two goals of his career. He also had five ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers.

= Junior Michael Turner tied a career-best with five assists to lead all playmakers.

= Senior Matt Scherer scooped up six ground balls, caused a pair of turnovers and he scored twice.

THE OPPOSITION
= Tanner Diment, who played at Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association member Alma College last season, was 13-for-22 at the face-off "X" and he added a goal from his defensive position.

= Reid Delaney led all scorers with seven points on three goals and a game-best four assists.

= Chris Hein had three goals and six points as well as five ground balls.

Jhordan Lang also chipped in a hat trick and recorded four ground balls.

= Goalie Paul Koerbel turned aside 12 shots.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= With the score tied 10-10 late in the fourth quarter, Wilmington scored three times within a span of 3 minutes and 10 seconds to pull out the win. Delaney scored the go-ahead goal at 3:58 left after an Adrian turnover at midfield, and Hein and Lang added insurance tallies. 

= The Bulldogs were down 10-8 after three quarters before Davison and Scherer scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart to pull even with 13:21 to go in the fourth.

= Neither side held more than a two-goal advantage until Wilmington's 3-0 run to end the game.

= Schmitt put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 on the man-up on a feed from Turner at 12:19 before Hein tied it 13 seconds later.

= The Bulldogs' biggest lead, 8-6, came in the third quarter when Davison and freshman Jacob Kucharski completed a 4-0 run with nine minutes to play.

= Both teams scored three times on the man-up. Wilmington had eight opportunities and Adrian had six.

= Adrian was 20 of 24 on clears while Wilmington was 18-for-25.

= Wilmington had the edge on shots, 41-34, including 24-22 in shots on goal.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Adrian began its 10th season of varsity competition today.

= The Bulldogs are 8-2 all-time in season openers.

= Today marked the first-ever meeting between the teams. Wilmington is a member of the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference.

= Schmitt had two caused turnovers this afternoon to extend his Adrian career record to 85.

Farrelly has 375 saves for his career, which ranks second all-time in school history.

UP NEXT
= Adrian travels to Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Wednesday to take on Messiah College in a non-conference game, facing off at 4 p.m. 

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