Hegarty, Messina Shine in Third Straight Win for Camels
NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team cruised to a 9-2 victory against UMass Dartmouth in a game played on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Tuesday.
The Camels improved their record to 6-2 with their third consecutive win, while the Corsairs slipped to 5-2 with the setback.
Tyler Hegarty (Setauket, N.Y.), the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, had a hat-trick with three goals scored to lead the Camels in the triumph.
Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) scored two goals while assisting on three others in a five point outburst. JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) dished out three assists for the Camels. Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) and Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) both finished with a goal and an assist for the winning side.
Sophomore Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) finished with 14 saves in goal.
UMass Dartmouth sophomore attackman Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) netted his team-leading 19th goal of the season in the loss. Senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) chipped in with a fourth quarter marker for the Corsairs.
Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) was impressive in defeat, finishing with 11 saves, two ground balls and a caused turnover in goal.
The Camels jumped out to an early advantage in this one. Hegarty scored twice in the opening 2:19 of regulation before Max Luing (Ridgewood, N.J.) put the finishing touches on a feed from Hartgers with 4:14 to play to make it a 3-0 game.
Kevin Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) accounted for the lone tally of the second quarter and the Camels carried a 4-0 advantage into the break.
The Camels used goals from Barton and Sawyer to build a 6-0 edge in the early stages of the second half. Then with 17 seconds remaining in the third, Connecticut College cashed in on an extra man opportunity when Bertolini scored on a feed from Barton to put the Camels in command with a 7-0 lead.
Prozinski finally got the Corsairs on the board 1:30 into the fourth quarter when he collected a ground ball just outside of the crease and flicked one in for the visitors.
But with 4:33 remaining in the contest, Sawyer answered for the Camels with a nifty looking one-timer with Hartgers assisting. Hegarty scored his third goal with 3:10 remaining before Niden rifled one home for UMass Dartmouth from the right side of the box with 2:17 to play to close out the scoring.
The Camels were able to keep the visitors off the scoreboard in the closing moments to close out the 9-2 win.
Connecticut College out-shot the Corsairs 39-to-26 in the triumph and held a 26-to-21 edge in ground balls.