NEW LONDON, Conn.—Senior Derek Bertolini (Killingworth, Conn.) erupted with five goals and two assists while rookie midfielder Pierce DellaFera (pictured, Lattingtown, N.Y.)chipped in with four scores to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team in a convincing 21-4 victory against Colby College on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field today.
The Camels improved their record to 4-3 and are 1-2 in NESCAC play. Colby slipped to 2-5 overall and are 0-4 in conference action this spring.
Sophomore specialist Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) continued to build on his fast start this season, winning 17-of-18 battles at the X with a game-best 12 ground balls. Senior Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) collected 5 of his 10 saves in the opening quarter of action to anchor a defensive corps that surrendered just a single goal in the first three periods of play.
Junior midfielder Maximilian King (Andover, Mass.), Alex Calabro (Newton, Mass.) and Tommy Wynn (Wellesley, Mass.) all contributed with two goals for head coach Dave Cornell's Camels. Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) sandwiched a goal around two assists in the triumph. Senior wing midfielder Penn Sednaoui (Bedford Hills, N.Y.) chipped in with two assists and five ground balls.
The Camels out-shot Colby 46-to-34 in the offensive uprising.
Colby College rookie midfielder Max Cushman (Marblehead, Mass.), Kevin Seiler (Darien, Conn.), William Erwin (New York, N.Y.) and Kevin Bell (Manhasset, N.Y.) all contributed with scores in the contest for the visitors. Senior Dylan Rothenberg (Short Hills, N.Y.) stopped eight shots in 36:11 of action while freshman C.J. Layton (Wakefield, Mass.) contributed one assist in relief duty.
The Camels jumped on top of the Mules right from the opening whistle as Parens won the face-off, corralled the ground ball, and sprinted straight to the cage for a goal. Then, with 11:14 to go, junior Ross Thompson (Mahopac, N.Y.) assisted DellaFera for the first of his four first half scores. Bleistein was impressive in the opening quarter and with 7:34 to play, the senior net-minder denied Donald Vivian (Slingerlands, N.Y.) on his shot from close range. A.J. Vazquez (Bedford, Mass.) tacked on the third goal of the quarter in an unsettled situation, going end-to-end with the ground ball and goal. Then Bleistein made another clutch stop near the two minute mark, denying Austin Sayre (Summit, N.J.) with a stick save at the near post side of the cage. Sayre had unloaded his blast with a shot from the right side of the box. DellaFera closed out the first quarter scoring, burying a low shot with 1:01 to go and the Camels had a 4-0 early advantage after one.
The two sides exchanged goals in the early stages of the second quarter. Then, the Camels took complete control, putting together a lethal 14-0 run that turned a 5-1 contest into a 19-1 blowout. Bertolini sparked the Camels on their run with a pair of goals coming 55 seconds apart that pushed the lead to 7-1. DellaFera scored the next two goals in a 51 seconds span, taking an assist from Mscisz and burying a fall-away shot with 2:39 to go that put the Camels on top 9-1. Thompson assisted King for his second goal of the half with 34 seconds left and the hosts carried a 10-1 lead into the break.
The Camels continued to pull away in the third, scoring the first nine goals of the half. Sophomore Matt Andrews (Smithfield, R.I.) stepped off the bench to make two saves in 8:18 of relief duty before Connor Poetzinger (Boca Raton, Fla.) closed out the victory by making one save in the closing eight minutes of regulation.
The Camels were 3-for-4 in extra man situations in the triumph while Colby finished 1-for-1.
Connecticut College enjoyed a 42-34 advantage in ground balls.