Connecticut College 9, Trinity College 6 Bleistein Records Three of his 10 Saves in Closing 1:32 of Regulation for Camels

Connecticut College 9, Trinity College 6 Bleistein Records Three of his 10 Saves in Closing 1:32 of Regulation for Camels

NEW LONDON, Conn.—Bobby Bleistein (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) made three key saves in the closing 1:32 of regulation to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team past a resilient Trinity College squad in s 9-6 victory on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field Wednesday night.

The Camels improved their record to 6-4 with the win and are 2-3 in NESCAC play. The Bantams fells to 2-7 and are 1-5 in conference action.

Bleistein made 10 saves in the game. He vaulted his way past another All-American, Topher Grossman '05 into third place on the program's all-time leader list with his 661 career stops.

Derek Bertolini (Killingworth, Conn.) had a goal and two assists in the victory. He moved into a 10th place tie with Chris Abplanalp '98 on the Connecticut College all-time assist leader list with 61 helpers.

Juniors Maximilian King (Andover, Mass.) and Ross Thompson (Mahopac, N.Y.) along with freshman Pierce DellaFera (Lattingtown, N.Y.) all contributed with a goal and an assist for the winning side.

 Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 14-of-19 battles at the X to go with six ground balls. Senior Penn Sednaoui (Bedford, N.Y.) had a goal and six ground balls from the wing midfield position.

Eli Mitchell (pictured, Cazenovia, N.Y.) added two ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers at close defense.

Trinity College rookie attackman Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.) scored three second half goals to spark the Bantams in their rally that fell just short. He has netted 22 markers in his rookie season for Coach Michael Higgins. Senior Ryan DeSimone (Smithtown, N.Y.) scored his 22nd goal of the season for the visitors. Michael McQuiston (Greenwich, Conn.) and John Caravielho (Wellesley, Mass.) chipped in with scores for the Bantams.

Senior Henry Coote (St. David's Pa.) made seven saves in the cage.

The Camels put together a 5-0 run in the opening quarter to take control early in this contest. King made threaded the needle with a bullet of a pass to DellaFera on his game-tying goal with 11:52 remaining that sparked the Camels on their run. Bertolini put the Camels on top for good when he scored 1:26 later. Then, with 10:13 remaining, Parens won a face-off to Sednaoui, who took the ground ball in a full sprint to the cage, caroming one of the turf and into the netting for his third goal of the season to make it a 3-1 game.

Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) shoveled one in with a nifty looking move on Bertolini's feed with 9:27 remaining before Tucker Mscisz (Topsfield, Mass.) capped the run with 3:53 to play. Trinity got one back on McQuiston's goal with 2:36 to go but the Camels had a 5-2 lead after one.

The Camels out-scored the Bantams 3-0 in the second quarter. Bertolini was the facilitator on the final goal of the half, making a nice feed from behind the cage to King for his score that catapulted the Camels out to an 8-2 lead at the intermission.

The two teams exchanged goals in the third quarter. But in the fourth, the Bantams rallied to make this one interesting for a while. DeSimone scored a man-up goal with 12:01. Knaus followed with the next two goals. With 8:47 remaining, Knaus made a heads up play to win a ground ball in the box and snuck one by Bleistein to pull Trinity within 9-6.

But Bleistein slammed the door shut after that. With 1:32 remaining, Bleistein denied DeSimone with a terrific stop on his blast. Knaus was knocking on the door with a minute to play but Bleistein was able to get his stick down for the stab. DeSimone had another terrific shot with 32 seconds to go but Bleistein was able to make another clutch save and the Camels were able to clear the ball and close out the 9-6 win.