#23 Coast Guard Cruises by Central Connecticut

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – #23 Coast Guard made a strong statement in their PCLL conference opener with a 21-7 victory over Central Connecticut State on cool Wednesday evening. The Orange and Navy opened up a 3-0 lead eight minutes into the game and never looked back - despite some careless penalties in the second quarter - earning their second road win of the season.

The Bears (1-0 conference, 2-1 overall) held a 10-6 lead going into the halftime break, but scored 10 straight unanswered goals against CCSU (2-1) in the third quarter to take control of the contest.

Not wasting any time, 1/c Kyle Ennis (Mayo, Md./Dematha) got things started for the Bears with a quick man-up goal from the outside in the first minute of play. Ennis would go on to get a hat trick, scoring again a few minutes later in the first quarter and once more at the start of the third quarter.

1/c Matt Chase (Baltimore, Md./Lochraven), who led the Bears with 7 goals and 2 assists, kept up the barrage, scoring three first quarter goals to give the Bears an early 5-2 lead. Sloppy play and careless penalties underscored the start of the second quarter for Coast Guard. CCSU managed to capitalize on these man-up advantages to score the first two goals of the second quarter and pulled within a goal at 5-4. That was the closest the game would get however, as the Bears ripped off a string of goals and went on a 5-2 run before the end of the half.

The third quarter went well for the Bears as they ran their offense to perfection, scoring ten straight goals in the quarter. 2/c Dan Symanski (Vienna, VA/Madison) was a monster at the face-off "X" winning 14 of 21 draws and earning 6 ground balls to compliment his one goal and one assist in the offensive end. 3/c Steven Danseglio (Islip Terrace, NY/East Islip), who also finished with a hat trick, helped kick the Bears offense into high gear by scoring two unassisted goals early on in the quarter.

Danseglio had plenty of help though - the Bears would see eight different players score by the end of the third without an answer from CCSU. With so many goals to go around, the Bears were able to rack up numbers on the stat sheet. 3/c Austin English (Stevensville, Md./Kent Island) was a key catalyst for the offense and provided four assists to go along with his two goals. The Bears were able to spread the offense around quite a bit as 3/c Jay Lord (Simsbury, Conn./Westminster) and defensemen 1/c John Kearney (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) recorded their first goals of the season.

The fourth quarter was a bit quiet in comparison to the high-flying offense of the previous quarter. Each team managed to score a goal. Coast Guard's final goal was scored by 2/c Nick Zablotny (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck). Zablotny was fed on the goal by 4/c Stuart Carley (Houston, Texas/James E. Taylor). Freshman standouts Carley and żEric (EJ) Schmid (Robbinsville, NJ/Robbinsville) would each finish the game with one goal and one assist.

As the game drew to a close, CCSU scored with 15 seconds left in the game. It was far too late however - as Coast Guard walked away with a well-earned 21-7 team victory in their first conference game.

Coast Guard's next game will be at home in the friendly confines of Cadet Memorial Field at 7:00 PM EST as they take on conference rival Southern Connecticut State University. Coast Guard Academy will conduct its traditional goal flag remembrance ceremony prior to this contest.

2011-03-18



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