NEW LONDON, Conn.--The 20th ranked Connecticut College men's lacrosse team put together a 6-0 run in a span of 6:43 in the second half to pull away in an 11-9 victory against Montclair State University Friday night.
The Camels, who are also ranked #2 in New England, improve their record to 7-2 with their fifth consecutive triumph. The visiting Red Hawks had their four game winning streak snapped and fall to 8-4.
Senior Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) scored five goals to pace the Camels offensively. Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Andrew Berry (Moorestown, N.J.) both finished with a goal and an assist for the winning side.
James Messina (West Islip, N.Y.) corralled three ground balls and added one caused turnovers to lead the Camel defense. Senior specialist Brendan Schrader (Annapolis, Md.) won 14-of-24 face-offs to go with seven ground balls.
Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) collected seven of his 10 saves in the second half for Connecticut College.
Montclair State sophomore Michael Schreck (Flemington, N.J.) finished with three goals and four ground balls for the visitors. Jack Skeels (Ringoes, N.J.) added a goal and three assists. Junior Sam Morrisey (Hackettstown, N.J.) added two goals and an assist for the visitors.
Junior net-minder Michael Dorn (Blairstown, N.J.) made 16 saves in the setback
After Freedman vaulted the Camels out to a 2-0 advantage, Montclair scored the next four goals to take a 4-2 advantage into the break. Zach Schreck scored on an assisting feed from Skeels with 14:35 remaining in the second quarter to cap the rally and the visitors carried the two goal advantage into the break.
But the Camels have been making the necessary adjustments at the half all season long and Friday night was no exception. Connecticut College out-scored the Red Hawks 3-to-1 in the third and has scored 23 goals in third quarter action this year while surrendering just seven.
With 1:38 left in the third, the Camels took the lead for good at 6-5. Freedman buried a one-timer out in front of the cage with Berry assisting. Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) made the key play to set up the goal, inducing a turnover on his ride to stage the unsettled situation that led to the Freedman finish.
JR Hartgers (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) closed out the scoring when he finished with a dodge and a dive with 18 seconds left to put the Camels on top 7-5 after three.
The Camels scored three more goals in the opening 3:38 of the final quarter of action. Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) capped the 6-0 run when he finished on a feed from Woessner for a man-up goal with 11:22 to play.
The Camels were able to hold on for the 11-9 triumph.
Connecticut College enjoyed a 47-to-30 advantage in shots and held a 28-to-23 edge in ground balls