Goucher Defense Shuts Down Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. Connor Mishaw wasn't perfect in goal for Goucher against Christopher Newport today. Just pretty darn close.

The sophomore goalkeeper surrendered two goals less than a minute apart late in the second period. Prior to getting beat by Chase Walton with 2:11 remaining before halftime, Mishaw had already racked up seven saves.

Just 56 seconds after Walton's unassisted goal, the Captains scored again, this time a goal by Matt Gleisner that was assisted by Teddy Pakalski.

The rest of the way, however, nothing got by Mishaw. Not just during the final 1:15 of the second quarter, but throughout the entire second half, as well. He finished with a career-high 15 saves in leading the Gophers past the Captains, 10-2.

The Gophers (6-4) were outshot, 8-5, in the opening period, but led 2-0 after 15 minutes thanks to unassisted goals by junior attackman Kyle Boncaro and sophomore midfielder Zach Fratella.

Boncaro tallied a second goal and picked up an assist on a goal by freshman attackman George Skelos in the second quarter, during which the Gophers were also presented with two extra-man opportunities that produced man-up goals by freshman attackman Max Roach and junior midfielder Matt Lynch.

The back-to-back goals by Walton and Gleisner allowed the Captains (5-4) to close to within 6-2, which was the score at halftime.

Midway through the third quarter, Boncaro set up a goal by junior attackman Rory Averett, who now has scored at least one goal in 41 of the 43 games he's played during his three seasons at Goucher. Boncaro completed a three-goal, two-assist performance with an unassisted goal in the final minute of the period for his fourth five-point effort of the 2011 campaign.

Lynch had a goal and an assist in the fourth quarter for the Gophers, who have reeled off five straight wins since an 11-9 loss to Colorado College back on March 12.


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