BALTIMORE, Md. – Sophomore Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.) netted five goals as the No. 20 Connecticut College men's lacrosse team trounced Transylvania by a 20-5 score at historic Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University on Tuesday afternoon.
Connecticut College (4-0) won all 12 faceoffs in the opening half and netted the first eight goals of the game. Transylvania did not score until there was just 2:03 remaining in the second quarter when Brad Clements took a pass from Kayd Aquino and capitalized on the Camels' first failed clear attempt in 12 tries. Trotsky, meanwhile, had a hat trick in a span of 10:41 and junior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) found the back of the net twice to help give the Camels a commanding 9-1 advantage at the recess.
In the second half, the Camels continued to steamroll their opponent. Trotsky scored his fourth goal of the game just 61 seconds into the third quarter, and sophomore Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) found the back of the net on the team's first man-up opportunity of the match at the 13:09 mark. The margin ballooned to as many as 16 when Trotsky scored the team's third man-up goal on as many opportunities to make it 17-1 with 6:53 left in the third before the Camels would eventually run away with their fourth win of the season.
Connecticut College won 17 straight faceoffs to start the game and 23 of 28 overall. The Camels also outshot the Pioneers by a 56-33 margin, had a 37-20 advantage in ground balls and cashed in on all three of their man-up opportunities while not allowing the opponent to score when they were playing a man down. In addition to Trotsky's five goal effort, Foster and Rutter netted hat tricks to pace the offense. Junior goalie Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) made nine saves in the cage.
Transylvania (2-3) got two goals from Clements and two assists from Trenton Sneed. T.J. Toivonen caused three turnovers and scooped up four ground balls, and Michael Webb suffered the loss between the pipes despite making 14 saves.
Connecticut College will return to NESCAC action when it visits Williams on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.