No. 20 Thoroughbreds Defeat Western Connecticut

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Skidmore College men's lacrosse team remained undefeated after Saturday's 8-3 non-conference victory over Western Connecticut State at Wachenheim Field. The 20th-ranked Thoroughbreds improve to 3-0, while the Colonials fall to 1-3.

Skidmore got the scoring started when junior Matt Levesque (Duxbury, Mass.) scored off a feed from Cory Barkoff (Woodbury, N.Y.) at the 12:02 mark of the first period and would make it 2-0 10 seconds later on a goal from Alex Giaimo (Manhasset, N.Y.).

Western Connecticut State answered back with a Jim Dipientrantonio goal at the 6:53 mark and tied it up when Sean Macey found the back of the net with 4:47 remaining in the first quarter.

The Thoroughbreds found themselves back in front 53 seconds into the second quarter when Barkoff scooped up a ground ball and beat Colonial keeper Tyler Martone. Barkoff added his second goal of the game with 2:37 remaining in the half and Rob Lutin (Port Washington, N.Y.) made it a 5-2 game when he scored at the 1:31 mark.

Skidmore made it 7-2 in the third quarter behind goals from Jeremy Goldman (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Giaimo. Western Connecticut State was able to add a goal late in the third when Adam Lanehart found Rob Begely in front the goal. Levesque scored his second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity for an 8-3 lead with 10:02 remaining and that would be the final score as Skidmore held the Colonials scoreless in the fourth quarter.

Barkoff finished with two goals and an assist, while Levesque and Giaimo each tallied two goals and Lutin finished with a goal and two assists for the Thoroughbreds.

Skidmore outshot Western Connecticut State 27-12 as Flip Bongaerts finished with nine saves on 12 shots for the Thoroughbreds and Martone made 19 saves on 27 shots.

Skidmore won 9 of 14 faceoffs and committed 19 turnovers, compared to 35 turnovers committed by the Colonials.

The Thoroughbreds are at #14 Haverford on March 17 at 4:00 p.m.


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