Nor'easters Cruise in Opening Victory at Husson

BANGOR, Maine -- University of New England built a 12-1 cushion after three quarters on its way to a 14-6 non-conference win over Husson University in the mutual season-opener Sunday afternoon at John P. Boucher Field.

Sophomores Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), along with first-year Geoff Bruno (Durham, Conn.), each tallied three goals to pace the Nor'easters (1-0). Bruno also had a pair of assists to lead Big Blue with five points, and O'Gorman won 10 of 13 face-offs in the game.

Junior Tyler Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists for UNE. A trio of seniors -- Matt Anderson (St. Paul, Minn.), George Jenkins (Natick, Mass.), and Dylan Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.) -- all recorded one and one, and first-year Eddie Burke (Windsor, Conn.) notched the remaining marker.

Senior goalie Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) kept the Eagles off the board in the first half (8-0), turning away all five shots that came on target in the opening 30 minutes. Junior Jay Letendre (Southington, Conn.) and first-year Chris Baker (Ellicott City, Md.) made five and two saves, respectively, after haltime, while allowing three goals apiece.

The Nor'easters out-shot their opponents, 42-31, on the day, and converted 4 of 9 man-up opportunities.

For Husson (0-1), Ben Landry scored three times, and John Hooper III made 15 saves between the pipes.

UNE, which won its first contest of the season for the third straight year, returns to action on Saturday (1:00 p.m.) with its home opener against Wheaton College (Mass.).

2012-02-28



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