NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) posted the 600th save of his career in the third quarter, finishing the game with 12 saves to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a 9-6 win against Roger Williams on Silfen Turf Field here today.
Bleistein limited the Hawks to just two goals in the second half, shutting down the visitors in the fourth quarter. He's just the fifth Camel to reach the 600 save barrier and needs just four more stops to pass Tom Reiling '87 in fourth place on the program's all-time leader list.
The Camels improved their record to 2-1 with their second straight victory, while the Hawks fell to 1-3 with their second straight setback.
Rookie midfielder Pierce DellaFera (Lattingtown, N.Y.) had three goals today and has netted seven scores in his first two home starts for the Camels this week. Sophomore Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) chipped in with two scores for the winning side. Senior Derek Bertolini (Killingworth, Conn.) scored a goal and assisted on three others. He leads the team with nine points in the early season.
Junior midfielder Maximilian King (Andover, Mass.) added a goal and an assist in the triumph. Sophomore Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 75% of his battles at the X, finishing 12-for-16 with a team-best five ground balls. Junior midfielder Alex Calabro (Newton, Mass.) won some key battles for possession, finishing with a game-high seven ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.
Roger Williams University senior attackman Will Siefert (Duxbury, Mass.) had two goals and an assist to lead the visitors on offense. Classsmate Nick Gagnon (Milton, Mass.) sandwiched a goal around two assist for the Hawks.
Junior net-minder Connor Carroll (Madison, Conn.) made nine saves in the cage for the visitors, adding five ground balls in the loss. Senior close defender Jake Wygonik (Madison, Conn.) had four ground balls, two caused turnovers and one goal scored in an impressive performance for RWU.
The Camels built a 3-1 lead after one quarter. In the second, the Camels would score the first three goals, building a 6-1 advantage. A.J. Vazquez (Bedford, Mass.) assisted P.J. Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) for a goal just as the Hawks' penalty had expired 37 seconds into the quarter. DellaFera followed by flicking in a low shot from the middle of the box with 13:10 to go before Mscisz capped the 4-0 run for the Camels when he scored on an assisting feed from King with 8:51 remaining in the half.
But the Hawks ended with a nice little 3-0 run of their own. Siefert and Eric Valenti (North Reading, Mass.) scored just 17 seconds apart. Wygonik capped the rally with a terrific all around effort. The senior defender won a battle for possession near midfield and sprinted straight to the cage for a goal in an unsettled situation to make it a 6-4 game at the break.
Roger Williams continued to cut into the lead. After the two sides exchanged goals, Gagnon assisted Siefert for a score with 10:54 remaining in the third that pulled the visitors to within one in a 7-6 battle.
But Bleistein really stepped up down the stretch with some key stops to protect the lead. With 3:15 remaining in the third, Bleistein denied Siefert on his nice scoring bid to tie the game. Early in the fourth quarter with 12:20 to go, Bleistein made another big time stop on Caleb Kenney (Portland, Maine), turning aside his shot from point blank range.
The Camels were able to tack on an insurance goal when DellaFera muscled his way through a pair of defenders and stuffed one in to complete his hat-trick with 8:01 to play. With 4:09 remaining, junior Ross Thompson (Mahopac, N.Y.) rifled one past Carroll from the right side of the box to make it a 9-6 game.
Bleistein and the Camels were able to hold on for the three goal victory.
The Camels enjoyed a 36-26 advantage on shots.