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Connecticut College 9, UMass Dartmouth 2 Hegarty, Messina Shine in Third Straight Win for Camels

Connecticut College 9, UMass Dartmouth 2  Hegarty, Messina Shine in Third Straight Win for Camels

Hegarty, Messina Shine in Third Straight Win for Camels 

NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Connecticut College men's lacrosse team cruised to a 9-2 victory against UMass Dartmouth in a game played on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Tuesday.

The Camels improved their record to 6-2 with their third consecutive win, while the Corsairs slipped to 5-2 with the setback. 

Tyler Hegarty (Setauket, N.Y.), the reigning NESCAC Player of the Week, had a hat-trick with three goals scored to lead the Camels in the triumph.

Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) scored two goals while assisting on three others in a five point outburst. JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) dished out three assists for the Camels. Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.) and Derek Bertolini (Madison, Conn.) both finished with a goal and an assist for the winning side. 

James Messina (West Islip, N.Y.) had four ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers to lead the Camel defense. John Hazard (Annapolis, Md.) won 7-of-13 faceoffs while adding four ground balls.

Sophomore Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) finished with 14 saves in goal. 

UMass Dartmouth sophomore attackman Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) netted his team-leading 19th goal of the season in the loss. Senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) chipped in with a fourth quarter marker for the Corsairs.

Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) was impressive in defeat, finishing with 11 saves, two ground balls and a caused turnover in goal. 

The Camels jumped out to an early advantage in this one. Hegarty scored twice in the opening 2:19 of regulation before Max Luing (Ridgewood, N.J.) put the finishing touches on a feed from Hartgers with 4:14 to play to make it a 3-0 game.

Kevin Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) accounted for the lone tally of the second quarter and the Camels carried a 4-0 advantage into the break. 

The Camels used goals from Barton and Sawyer to build a 6-0 edge in the early stages of the second half. Then with 17 seconds remaining in the third, Connecticut College cashed in on an extra man opportunity when Bertolini scored on a feed from Barton to put the Camels in command with a 7-0 lead.

Prozinski finally got the Corsairs on the board 1:30 into the fourth quarter when he collected a ground ball just outside of the crease and flicked one in for the visitors. 

But with 4:33 remaining in the contest, Sawyer answered for the Camels with a nifty looking one-timer with Hartgers assisting.  Hegarty scored his third goal with 3:10 remaining before Niden rifled one home for UMass Dartmouth from the right side of the box with 2:17 to play to close out the scoring.

The Camels were able to keep the visitors off the scoreboard in the closing moments to close out the 9-2 win.

Connecticut College out-shot the Corsairs 39-to-26 in the triumph and held a 26-to-21 edge in ground balls.