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Connecticut College 8, SUNY Plattsburgh 7 Hegarty (4 Goals) Leads Camels Past Cardinals

Connecticut College 8, SUNY Plattsburgh 7 Hegarty (4 Goals) Leads Camels Past Cardinals

ARNOLD, Md.--Tyler Hegarty (Setauket, N.Y.) scored three of his four goals in the second half to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to an 8-7 victory against SUNY Plattsburgh at Anne Arundel County Community College in Arnold, Md. Wednesday. 

The Camels, ranked #8 in New England, improved their record to 4-2 with the triumph, while the Cardinals (5-2) had their four game-winning streak snapped with the loss.

Junior Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) contributed with two goals and an assist for the winning side. Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) chipped in with scores.  JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) dished out three assists while Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) added two. 

Kieran Morris corralled four ground balls to go with a pair of caused turnovers for the Camel defense.

Senior specialist John Hazard (Annapolis, Md.) won 8-of-18 face-offs and had four ground balls. 

Sophomore Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made nine saves in the victory for Connecticut College.

Plattsburgh was led by sophomore Brendan Damm (Montauk, N.Y.), who recorded a hat-trick with three goals for the Cardinals.  Robbie Ashlaw (North Syracuse, N.Y.) accounted for a goal and three assists in the setback. Junior attackman James Read (Miller Place, N.Y.) had a goal and two assists for the Cardinals. 

Joe Eiseman (Farmingville, N.Y.) collected five ground balls and was 10-for-17 on face-offs

Senior goaltender Andrew Hauk (Sackets Harbor, N.Y.) had five saves and four ground balls in the loss. 

This closely contested battle between powerhouse programs from the NESCAC and the SUNYAC featured four different ties.

The Camels and Cardinals were knotted up at one after one period and deadlocked at three at the half. 

However, in the third quarter, the Camels scored a pair of man up goals 39 seconds apart to pull ahead.  

With 4:51 remaining, Hartgers assisted Woessner for his fifth goal of the season to make it a 4-4 game. Then, with 4:12 left, Hegarty put the Camels on top 5-4 with Bertolini contributing as the feeder. 

But Damm countered for the Cardinals with 1:42 remaining, netting an unassisted marker to force the fourth and final tie of the contest at five.

The Camels responded though, and Hegarty put Connecticut College on top for good, 6-5, 2:16 into the fourth. Barton added another Camel score just over a minute later. 

The Camels took their largest lead of the game with 7:38 remainng when James Messina (West Islip, N.Y.) connected with Hegarty for his fourth goal of the contest and 13th score of the season.

But the Cardinals did not go away and after Damm scored his third goal with 6:43 remaining, Read pulled Plattsburgh to within one with 2:53 to go. 

However, Bleistein made four of his saves in the fourth quarter and the Camels were able to hold on for the 8-7 win.

Plattsburgh held a slim 31-to-29 advantage in shots but the Camels held a 32-to-25 edge in ground balls.

Connecticut College will return home to take on NESCAC rival Colby College this Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game in New London.