(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) - Walsh broke a six-game losing streak in impressive fashion as it cruised to a 20-3 victory over Franciscan on a cold Tuesday afternoon. The Cavaliers are now 3-6 on the season while the Barons end their season at 1-14.
The Cavaliers dominated almost all facets of the game and won almost every major statistical category, of which ground balls, faceoffs, and clears were included. As a result, Walsh jumped out to a 6-1 lead after the first quarter. Franciscan tied the game at 1-1, but the Cavaliers closed the period with five consecutive goals. The second period easily belonged to the Cavs as well as they outscored the Barons 7-1 en route to the win.
Defensively Walsh inundated the Barons and barely let them get a shot off. Overall, Franciscan had 15 shots in the entire game to the Cavs' 49. Of those, only seven were on goal as Dylan Ciolino (Fr., Nesconset, NY/Sachem North) made four saves.
Offensively Nicholas Castorf (Fr., Holbrook, NY/Sachem) exploded for six goals to lead the Cavs. Mason Axline (Sr., Green, OH/HS) was also a heavy figure with 10 points on three goals and seven assists. Alex Makowicki (Fr., Staatsburg, NY/FDR) was a strong influence in setting up the offense as he won 18-of-26 faceoffs and reached double digits in ground balls with 12. Ian Maurer (Sr., Jackson, OH/HS) also had three goals in the game. Castorf now leads the team in goals scored with 17.
Overall, the Cavs held a 44-28 advantage on ground balls and committed just 14 turnovers to the Barons' 27.
The Cavs return to conference action with a tough road test at Lake Erie. It will be their final road game of the regular season and is scheduled to start at 4 p.m on Friday.