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#17 Connecticut College 10, Williams College 6 Bleistein Collects 11 of 15 Saves in Second Half for Camels

#17 Connecticut College 10, Williams College 6 Bleistein Collects 11 of 15 Saves in Second Half for Camels

TOWSON, Md.—Rookie net-minder Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) collected 11 of his 15 saves in the second half to lead the 17th ranked Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a 10-6 triumph against Williams College in a NESCAC game played at Goucher College Saturday. 

The Camels extend their winning streak to four games in this longstanding rivalry while improving their record to 3-2 with a 3-1 mark in the NESCAC. The Ephs are 1-3 overall with a 1-2 record in conference action.

Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) scored two of his three goals in the third quarter of action to help the Camels outscore the Ephs 3-0 during this frame. Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) and Pat Leary (Troy, Mich.) scored two goals each for the winning side. Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) had a goal and an assist while junior JR Hartgers (Mountain Lake, N.J.) was the facilitator with a game-high three assists for the Camels. 

Brendan Schrader (Annapolis, Md.) won 13-of-20 face-offs (65%) to go with his game-high six ground balls while playing in his home state.  Mike Brennan (Chester Springs, Pa.) caused four turnovers for the Camel defense.

Senior Evan Dedominicis (Greenville, Del.) and Andy Grabowski (Philadelphia, Pa.) scored two goals each for Williams College in the setback. Sophomore midfielder Steven Kiesel (Excelsior, Minn.) chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Ephs. Jack Lauroesch (Corning, N.Y.) dished out two assists in the contest. 

Ryan Hamilton (Ridgewood, N.J.) caused a pair of turnovers for the Williams defense. Sophomore Dan Whittam (Allendale, N.J.) made 12 saves in the setback for the Ephs.

Williams held a 37-to-27 advantage on the shot chart. Ground balls were even at 21 aside.

The Camels took an early lead when Freedman cashed in on an extra man opportunity with 1:53 remaining in the first that vaulted Connecticut College to a 3-1 advantage after one quarter of play.

The Camels extended their lead when Freedman assisted Barton for another man up goal with 11:29 remaining in the half. But the Ephs responded with the next two goals, making it a 4-3 game when Dedominicis tallied with 5:54 left. Exactly one minute later, Sawyer pushed the lead to 5-3 with his second score of the half. But Dedominicis answered with 3:25 remaining and the Camels lead was trimmed to 5-4 at the break.

However, Bleistein and the Camel defense pitched a shutout in the third quarter with the rookie backstop coming up with six saves at this critical point of the contest.

Barton made it a 6-4 game with his goal at the 9:57. Kevin Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) tacked on another score with 1:34 left before Barton closed out the quarter with a score to make it an 8-4 contest after three.
Williams reduced the deficit to 8-5 but Leary and Tim Kast (Medway, Mass.) added insurance markers for Head Coach Dave Cornell's Camels.

Connecticut College was able to hang on for the 10-6 win.