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Shoremen unable to hold 5-goal lead in lacrosse

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CHESTERTOWN — Freshman Connor Kiichle's unassisted goal with 8.6 seconds remaining gave Illinois Wesleyan its only lead of the afternoon and completed an improbable comeback.

The Titans (5-2) closed with six unanswered goals over the final eight and a half minutes to stun their hosts from Washington, 13-12, in a non-conference men's lacrosse game March 11.

The Kiichle twins — Connor and Carson — accounted for four of the Titans' seven fourth-quarter goals.

Carson Kiichle led all players with five goals. Connor Kiichle scored two goals and assisted on four others.

Senior attackman Cody Pascale scored four goals for Washington, which slipped to 0-6.

The Shoremen scored the first four goals of the afternoon and never trailed until the final 9 seconds. They took their largest lead at 12-7 on Joe Maimone's unassisted goal with just under 10 minutes to play.

That was the final goal of the game for the locals.

Will Harris (14 saves) pitched a shutout over the final 9:55, while Rick Smith, Wil Laidlaw, Ty Collins and the Kiichle twins engineered a 6-0 game-winning run.

Carson Kiichle scored back-to-back in the span of 15 seconds, assisted on both goals by his brother, to shrink the deficit to 12-11 with 4:07 to go. Twenty-four seconds later, Collins netted the equalizer.

After forcing a turnover with under a minute to play, the Titans cleared the ball to set up Connor Kiichle for what held up as the winning goal.

Washington won the ensuing face-off but was unable to get off a shot before time expired.

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