NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) won 17 faceoffs and scored twice to help lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to a 13-6 victory over Stockton on Saturday afternoon at Freeman Field.
Parens quickly put the Camels on the scoreboard by winning the opening faceoff, scooping up the ground ball, and finding the back of the net just seven seconds into the contest. Stockton (9-4) responded with two unanswered goals off at the 11:39 and 8:41 marks, but sophomores Sean Smith (Pasadena, Calif.) and Maxx Trotsky (Marblehead, Mass.) scored back-to-back tallies to give the hosts a 3-2 advantage at the end of the frame. The hosts would never trail again for the remainder of the contest.
Connecticut College (10-4) started to break the game open in the second quarter, as senior A.J. Vazquez (Bedford, Mass.), Parens and Trotsky each found the back of the net during the team's first of two 3-0 spurts in the contest. Even though the Ospreys were able to close the gap to one when Luc Swedlund netted a buzzer-beating goal as time expired, the Camels still found themselves ahead by a 6-5 score at recess.
The Camels, who honored their eight-member senior class prior to the contest, dominated the second half and got excellent goalkeeping from its two senior netminders down the stretch to run away with the convincing victory. Vazquez first found Trotsky and junior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) to close out a 3-0 run and make it 9-5 with five minutes remaining in the third.
After Sedlund scored at the 3:54 mark of the third to trim the deficit to three goals, Connecticut College ended the game with four unanswered to pull away. Stockton made a furious attempt to rally and outshot the hosts by a 14-7 margin during the fourth quarter, but senior netminders Hunter Rosenthall (Chatham, Mass.) and Matthew Andrews (Smithfield, R.I.) combined to make nine saves to keep the Ospreys at bay.
Rosenthall turned away 14 shots in over 58 minutes of action for Connecticut College, which had a 40-23 advantage in ground balls, won 18 faceoffs and finished with a 36-32 edge in total shots. Andrews stopped both shots he faced in the waning minutes in his final home game as a collegian. On the offensive end, Trotsky netted a hat trick and Vazquez had a four-point afternoon with one goal and three helpers.
Swedlund paced Stockton (9-4) by providing three goals, one assist, four ground balls and one caused turnover. Goalie Justin Ruiz made 11 saves.
Connecticut College, which has clinched the fifth seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament, wraps up the regular season when it visits nationally-ranked Wesleyan on Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.