Hartford, Conn. –(Dave Kingsley) Sophomore attackman Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) scored three goals to lead the visiting Connecticut College Camels to a 10-3 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity falls to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the NESCAC with its second setback in a row, while the Camels, ranked No. 4 in New England and No. 17 in the nation, improve to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the league with their second consecutive win.
Connecticut College scored the game's first five goals, including the first 49 seconds into the game by senior attackman Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) and two by Sawyer. Sophomore attackman Matt Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) ended the Bantam scoring drought with 8:03 left in the second quarter, and the teams traded goals from that point to the break for a 6-2 Camel lead at halftime. After a scoreless seven-plus minutes in the third frame, Freedman started a 3-0 Camel rally with his second goal before Trinity senior midfielder Matt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) ripped a sidearm blast past Connecticut College first-year goalie Bob Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) with 5:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. Leading, 9-3, the Camels added one more goal to account for the 10-3 final tally.
Trinity outshot Connecticut College, 32-29, but put only 12 shots on goal, while the Camels finished with a 29-21 edge on ground balls while committing 28 turnovers to 21 for the Bantams. The teams combined to go 0-for-5 on extra-man opportunities. Trinity senior tri-captain attackman Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.) scored one goal and assisted on a second, while junior midfielder Terence Olsen (Avon, Conn.) and rookie face-off man Clay Richard (Medfield, Mass.) scooped three ground balls, and senior defenseman Dominic Piselli (Rockville Center, N.Y.) caused a team-high three turnovers. Freedman and junior middie Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) had two goals and one assist for Connecticut College, while senior midfielder Brendan Schrader (Annapolis, Md.) picked up a game-high eight ground balls, and Sawyer added three caused turnovers. Trinity goalies Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) and Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, Conn.) combined for seven saves, while Bleistein had nine stops.