NEW LONDON, Conn. – Freshman Charlie Bernicke led a group of 12 players who found the back of the net to help propel the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to an eye-opening 23-11 victory over Lasell on a freezing Tuesday evening at Silfen Field.
After a tight first quarter which ended with the hosts ahead by a 7-5 score, Connecticut College turned it on in the second by outscoring its opponent by an 8-2 margin to establish control. Six different Camels most notably found the back of the net during a 6-0 spurt over a span of 4:21, which was capped by an unassisted tally by senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) after he won a faceoff to give his team a commanding 15-7 advantage at the break.
Connecticut College continued what would turn out to be a 14-1 run overall and a streak of netting 10 unanswered in the third quarter. Bernicke scored twice in the quarter to extend the margin to 12 goals at 19-7, which was more than enough insurance for the hosts to run away with the win and stay unbeaten during the young season.
Parens won 18 faceoffs, scooped up nine ground balls and netted a hat trick to lead the way for Connecticut College. Bernicke registered a team-high four goals and picked up four ground balls, while senior AJ Vazquez (Bedford, Mass.) and sophomore Jon Creed (Ridgewood, N.J.) also finished with hat tricks. Junior Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) paced four Camels who saw time between the pipes by making six saves in 38 minutes of action. Connecticut College had a 55-30 advantage in total shots, won 31 of 38 faceoffs and also won the ground game by a lopsided 48-22 margin.
Lasell, which advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the Great Northeast Athletic Conference title last year, got a four-goal, three-assist effort from Ryan Madden off the bench. Austin Tomasetti netted a hat trick.
Connecticut College (2-0) will next visit Middlebury for a NESCAC matchup on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 p.m.