McCracken scores four more

Shane McCracken  2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Shane McCracken 2012 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – A day after registering 10 goals, McDaniel put up six more, defeating La Roche 6-2 in non-conference men's soccer action on Saturday.

Shane McCracken (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) doubled his season output, recording four more goals for the Green Terror (2-0), adding his first career assist. It is the first time in program history that one player scored four or more goals in consecutive games.

Bryan Weimerskirch and Ryan Luffy each scored goals for the Redhawks (0-2) in a game that started 1 hour, 45 minutes after its scheduled start time due to bus problems for La Roche.

Chad Trozzi played a long thru ball to Weimerskirch, who beat the goalie in a 1-on-1 situation to stake the visitors to a 1-0 lead just 3:22 into the game.

Luis Calderon (Silver Spring, Md./Bullis) needed just 47 seconds to even the score, finishing a centering pass from McCracken to give the junior his first collegiate helper to go with 24 goals.

Luffey kept the offense scoring, scoring directly off a restart at the 6:23 mark to put the Redhawks back in front, 2-1.

McCracken went back to work, returning the favor from Calderon at the 10:39 mark.

Nearly four minutes later, Jesse Caples (Marriottsville, Md./Marriotts Ridge) sent a free kick across the field that Raymond Boly (Gaithersburg, Md./Northwest) headed into the middle. McCracken redirected the pass with his head for a 3-2 lead at the 14:34 mark.

Calderon rocketed home an Edgar Escobar (Gaithersburg, Md./Magruder) assist to make it 4-2 in the 20th minute.

Two Jim Caulfield (Silver Spring, Md./Springbrook) crosses in were finished by McCracken in the second half to set the final margin.

For the Green Terror, the offensive outburst ranks among the all-time best in program history. Friday's 10 goals were the third-highest single-game total behind 13-goal showings against Lincoln (2000) and Lycoming (1959) while the six goals on Saturday is sixth all-time. The last time McDaniel tallied six or more goals in a game came against Gallaudet in 2007 (8).

The Green Terror finished with a 13-10 edge in shots and 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.

McDaniel returns to action at home against Goucher on Tuesday. Game time is 4 p.m.