NEW LONDON, Conn.--Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) erupted with a first period hat trick and finished with four goals scored to help lead the 20th ranked Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to an 11-5 victory against UMass-Dartmouth on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Tuesday night.
The Camels improve their record to 6-2 with their fourth straight win. The Corsairs suffer their first setback of the 2013 season with a mark of 6-1.
Junior midfielder JR Hartgers (Mountain Lake, N.J.) chipped in with two goals and an assist for the winning side. Andrew Berry (Moorestown, N.J.) was the facilitator with a goal and three assists while junior Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Pat Leary (Troy, Mich.) added a goal and an assist for Head Coach Dave Cornell's squad.
Junior midfielder Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) and Dennis Healy (Hanover, Mass.) netted a pair of goals for the visiting Corsairs in the loss.
Dan Brown (Beverly, Mass.) won 6-of-11 face-offs for UMass-Dartmouth. Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) made nine saves in the cage.
The Camels took the lead for good with 3:38 remaining in the opening quarter when Woessner sprinted to the cage and scored his fifth goal of the season to vault the hosts out to a 2-1 advantage.
After that, Freedman scored twice in a 53 second span to vault the Camels out to a 4-1 lead after one.
Leary and Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) tacked on two more goals in the second and the hosts had a 6-2 lead at the break. The visitors seemed to bounce back in the third with more energy, out-shooting the Camels 11-to-9 while holding a 9-to-6 edge in ground balls in the frame. But Bleistein and an improving Camel defense allowed just one goal in the quarter and the hosts carried a 7-3 advantage into the fourth.
The Camels maintained their composure and continued to exploit their match up advantage. Freedman was too strong and athletic in the crease area for the Corsair defenders to handle. With 13:18 remaining, Hartgers assisted Freedman for his third goal of the night.
MacPherson got the lead back down to 9-5 with his second score at the 8:29 left. But Berry found Freedman for his fourth goal with 5:32 remaining. Hartgers executed with a nifty looking wraparound move at the 1:46 mark to close out the 11-5 triumph.
The Camels will host Montclair State University Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in New London. The Corsairs will host Mass Maritime Saturday night for a 7:00 p.m. game in North Dartmouth, Mass.