WESTMINSTER -- The Washington College men's lacrosse team welcomed itself into the Middle Atlantic Conference with a 19-5 pounding of Western Maryland yesterday at Bair Stadium.
Nine players scored for the Shoremen, led by the five-goal effort of Jason Paige. Harris Murphy added a pair and had four assists.
"The guys did a good job today," Washington College coach Terry Corcoran said.
"We have a very young team, and I'm seeing improvement every time we come out. But there's still room for improvement."
Western Maryland (2-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by senior Scott Stampp three minutes into the game before the Shoremen (3-0) answered with three first-quarter goals to take a 3-1 lead.
"We got off to a slow start," Corcoran said. "We didn't have much movement early on, but things started picking up and we began finding the open man."
Greg Lawler, Paige and Chris Sanchez scored the first-quarter goals. Lawler and Sanchez finished the day with three goals each.
The Shoremen scored five more times in the second quarter to take an 8-2 lead at half.
Paige and Murphy took over in the third quarter. Murphy assisted on a pair of consecutive goals by Paige before scoring two of his own.
"He's a real catalyst," Corcoran said of Murphy.
"He was hurt in the preseason, so we're bringing him along slowly. He really makes things happen for us."
Corcoran said he is excited about Washington College joining the MAC this season. The Shoremen will compete in the East Division.
"It's a strong conference with Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall and Western Maryland always having tough teams," Corcoran said. "We were having trouble getting games on our schedule, so this enabled us to pick up a few more games, which is important for a young team."
The Shoremen will be back home Wednesday against Division I Navy, while Western Maryland will try to bounce back at West Chester next Saturday.
"We need to step up and play a Division I team to see where we're at," Corcoran said.
"Navy is very tough and will be a good test for our young team -- I'm sure the kids will be fired up."
Washington 3 5 6 5 -- 19
Western Maryland 1 1 1 2 -- 5
Goals: W--Paige 5, Sanchez 3, Lawler 3, Knox 2, Murphy 2, Carver, Cote, Brimhall, Lipinski; WM--Stampp, Furnari, Hospelhorn, Roberts, Sattler. Assists: W--Murphy 4, Brimhall 2, Warner, Cote, Flynn; WM--Sattler, Kasemeyer, Wanner, Brownrigg.