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#12 Endicott College 9, Connecticut College 6 Bleistein Stops 11 Shots for Camels

#12 Endicott College 9, Connecticut College 6 Bleistein Stops 11 Shots for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Colin Bannon (Westport, Conn.) erupted with four goals to lead the 12th ranked Endicott College men's lacrosse team to a 9-6 victory at Connecticut College Wednesday. 

The Gulls improve their record to 2-0 in the early season, while the Camels fall to 1-1.

Harrison Cotter (Lordship, Conn.) scored twice for Endicott. Junior Kyle Weber (West Hartford, Conn.) sandwiched a goal around two assists. 

Rookie face-off midfielder Tommy Hughes (Coram, N.Y.) was impressive at the X, wining 14-of-19 battles in the trenches to go with a game-best seven ground balls.

Sophomore net-minder Cameron Bell (Falmouth, Maine) made six saves in the victory for the visitors. 

Connecticut College juniors Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) and Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) scored two goals each to lead the Camels. Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) sandwiched a goal around a pair of assists.

Jeff Smith (Simsbury, Conn.) contributed with a goal and a pair of caused turnovers. 

Sophomore Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made 11 saves between the pipes for the hosts while adding four ground balls in the setback.

Endicott out-shot the Camels by a count of 39-to-19. The visitors held a slim 21-to-20 edge in ground balls. 

Bannon erupted with three goals in a 59 second span of the opening quarter to vault the visitors out to a 3-0 lead after one. But in the second quarter, the Camels responded with a mini 3-0 run of their own to pull even. Sawyer capped the rally with 9:23 remaining when he took a feed from Kevin Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) in an unsettled situation for the defense and rifled one home from just outside the crease.

But the Gulls regained their lead with 7:59 to play in the half when Jonathan Morgan uncorked an unassisted marker. Then, with 6:45 remaining Weber tacked on another goal to make it a 5-3 contest. 

However, the Camels answered with the final two goals of the half. Smith trimmed the lead to one. Bleistein started the Camels on a break with a nice outlet pass to midfield and Bertolini was able to push the ball ahead to Barton in transition for the unsettled goal with 2:45 remaining and the teams were headed into the intermission knotted up at five.

In the third quarter, Hughes was 4-for-4 on face-offs. The visitors took the lead for good when Nick Pinciaro (Beverly, Mass.) scored 2:10 into the quarter. Cotter closed out the quarter with goals coming 59 seconds apart to push the lead to 8-5. 

The Camels trimmed the deficit to 8-6 with 11:50 to go. Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) assisted Bertolini for a score.

But the Camels could not get any closer and Bannon scored his fourth goal of the day with 4:16 left to provided the visitors with a 9-6 advantage.

Endicott was able to hold on for the 9-6 victory.