Western New England Throttles Anna Maria

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. Senior goalie Brian Hanno (Lowville, NY) compiled five saves in 30 minutes for his first collegiate win as the Western New England men's lacrosse team posted a 21-1 victory over visiting Anna Maria in the season and The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) opener for both squads Saturday afternoon (Feb. 26).

Twelve players scored goals with freshman attacker Justin McKinney (Niskayuna, NY) leading the Golden Bears with two goals and three assists in his collegiate debut.

Junior midfielder Jonathan Roy (Lewiston, ME), freshman attacker Adam Knapton (Canandaigua, NY), and freshman midfielder Sean Lawton (Abington, MA) each contributed a pair of goals and assists.

Senior midfielder Mike Murray (North Baldwin, NY) and freshman midfielder Colton Craig (Gales Ferry, CT) added three goals apiece while freshman attacker Mike Donahue (South Windsor, CT) chipped-in with a goal and three assists. Senior midfielder Marty O'Brien (West Springfield, MA) had two goals and an assist.

Freshman midfielder Kris Woodcock (Clifton Park, NY) picked-up a team high six ground balls while sophomore defender Philip McLean (Wilbraham, MA) had five.

The Golden Bears captured 20 of 26 face-offs with freshman midfielder Jesse DeLucca (East Lyme, CT) winning all eight and junior midfielder Joe Martin (Springfield, MA) taking seven of nine.

Western New England started slow with four freshmen starters before McKinney fired home the first goal at 6:59 of the opening period with an assist from Lawton. Knapton followed with a goal just seven seconds later after Martin won the face-off and made a nice pass for the assist.

Coach John Klepacki's team led 8-0 after the opening period and stretched the margin to 11-0 when Lawton scored at the 9:02 mark of the second quarter on an assist from Roy.

The AMCATS finally got on the board when sophomore attacker Chris Summers (Morris, NJ) netted a goal with an assist from Alex Natterstad (Upton, MA) with 5:51 remaining before the break. Sophomore goalie Andrew Ellis (Fitchburg, MA) stopped 15 shots for the visitors.

The Golden Bears held a commanding 56-11 advantage in shots despite several starters not playing.

This is only the third year of varsity competition for Anna Maria.


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