Connecticut College 13, Vassar College 3 Bertolini & Thompson Contribute Five Points Each in Home Opening Win for Camels

Connecticut College 13, Vassar College 3 Bertolini & Thompson Contribute Five Points Each in Home Opening Win for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Derek Bertolini (Killingworth, Conn.) and junior Ross Thompson (picutred, Mahopac, N.Y.) both had five point days with two goals and three assists to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a convincing 13-3 victory against Vassar in its home opener on the Silfen Turf Field here today.

Rookie midfielder Pierce DellaFera (Lattingtown, N.Y.) chipped in with four goals in his home debut. Junior Maximilian King (Andover, Mass.) scored twice in the triumph for the Camels, who evened their record at 1-1.

Sophomore face-off midfielder Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 13-of-16 battles at the X to go with his five ground balls. Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) chipped in with a game-high seven ground balls, one assist and one caused turnover. Senior Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made 10 saves in the cage to earn the victory.

Senior Noah Parson (Charlotte, N.C.) and junior midfielder Liam Moriarty (New Fairfield, Conn.) both contributed with a goal and an assist to lead Vassar (2-2) in the setback. Brandon DeStasio (West Hempstead, N.Y.) had a goal and six ground balls. Junior close defender Brandon Klein (Merrick, N.Y.) finished with three caused turnovers in the loss.

Brandon Crecco (Carmel, N.Y.) made 10 saves in 40:51 of action. Matthew Boyd (Essex Fells, N.J.) stopped three shots in relief duty.

Connecticut College opened the game an 8-0 run and never looked back. Bertolini had a hand in three of the first four goals and closed out the quarter by scoring with 5:10 remaining to vault the hosts out to a 4-0 lead after one. DellaFera scored 25 seconds into the second quarter to make it a 5-0 game. Then, with 9:32 remaining, junior Alex Calabro (Newton, Mass.) made a nice play on his ride, stepping into a passing land to induce a caused turnover. Calabro flicked the ball ahead to King, who took full advantage of the unsettled situation with his second goal of the half to put the hosts on top 6-0.

Thompson and Kevin Schirmacher (Massapequa, N.Y.) supplied the next two scores to break the game wide open before Parson finally got the Brewers on the board with 30 seconds left in the half. Connecticut College enjoyed an 8-1 lead at the break.

The Camels continued to pull away, out-scoring the Brewers 3-2 in the third quarter and tacking on two more scores in the fourth to close out the 13-3 win.