NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team stormed out to a 5-1 first halftime advantage en route to its 11-7 victory against Trinity College Wednesday afternoon in New London.
The Camels improved their record to 7-3 with 3-2 mark in the NESCAC, while the Bantams slipped to 3-6 with a 1-5 mark in league play.
Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) scored three goals each to lead the Camels in the home win. Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) chipped in with two scores. Junior Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) dished out five assists for the Camels.
Ross Thompson (Carmel, N.Y.) stepped up to contribute two assists for the winning side. Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) corralled four ground balls while adding a ground ball and a caused turnover for the Camels.
John Hazard (South Setauket, N.Y.) won 11-of-19 faceoffs in the win. Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) finished with eight saves for the Camels. Andrew Fritschi (Copiague, N.Y.) made two saves in relief duty.
Trinity College junior attackman Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored his team-leading 15th and 16th goals of the season while adding four assists for the visitors. Gus Ackley (Columbus, Ohio) scored a goal and had three ground balls.
Jeffrey Kimm (Potomac, Md.) won 8-of-15 faceoffs and had three ground balls for the Bantams.
Mickey Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) finished with 13 saves and two ground balls in the setback.
JR Mastro (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) vaulted the Bantams out to 1-0 lead when he scored just 15 seconds into regulation.
But the Camels responded with their first of three extra man goals when Bertolini assisted Sawyer for a goal from just outside the crease. With 1:36 left, Bertolini connected with Barton to put the Camels on top for good with a 2-1 advantage. Sawyer made it a 3-1 game when he flicked one in with two seconds left on a feed from Thompson.
The Camels scored 49 seconds apart in the second period to take complete control. With 11:49 left, JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) displayed his acrobatics for a nifty looking score. Hartgers intercepted an outlet pass on his ride and rifled one home to make it a 4-1 contest.
Thompson assisted Barton for his second score of the half that staked the Camels to their 5-1 advantage.
Hauck got one back for Trinity just before the intermission when he pounced on a ground ball out in front of the cage and rifled one home for the Bantams.
But the Camels opened the third quarter with a 4-0 run to build a seven goal advantage. Sednaoui sparked the Camels on their run when he pushed the ball ahead to Hegarty for an undefensable goal from point blank range. Sawyer scored two of the next three goals and the hosts carried a 9-2 lead into the fourth quarter.
The two teams exchanged goals to start the second quarter. After Hauck netted an unassisted Marker with 8:28 remaining, Woessner answered for the Camels with a nice wraparound move to round out his hat-trick.
Trinity kept fighting and the visitors netted three more goals in the closing 1:18 but it was not enough and the Camels were able to close out the 11-7 victory on their home turf.
Connecticut College held a 37-to-24 advantage in shots while the Bantams carried a 29-to-25 edge in ground balls.