Hawks Come out Strong En Route to Victory over UNE

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Roger Williams jumped out to leads of 4-0 and 7-1 in the opening half to go on and defeat the University of New England, 10-5, in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action Saturday afternoon (Mar. 31) at Bayside Field.

With the win, the Hawks (2-0 CCC) even their overall mark at 4-4. Big Blue falls to 6-5 (1-2 CCC) with the setback.

Four different scorers got things going in the first period for RWU. With 54 seconds left in the frame, UNE sophomore Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) put the visitors on the board off a pass from senior Dylan Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.).

The point was Thomas' 146th of his career (66 goals, 80 assists), moving him into first place on the all-time program list, ahead of Sean Melnick '02.

Cameron Signorelli scored again to begin the second quarter, sparking a three-goal spurt that established a cushion UNE could not overcome. Signorelli notched three goals and three helpers on the day to lead the Hawks, and Drew Beck added two scores.

Luke Aubrey made 11 stops -- including six in the fourth period -- to keep the Nor'easters in check.

Gross paced Big Blue with two markers, while senior Derek Arnold (West Bloomfield, Mich.), junior Tyler Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.), and sophomore Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) each scored once. O'Gorman captured 11 of 19 face-offs in the game, and picked up a contest-best 11 ground balls.

Senior goalie Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) had nine saves for UNE.

Tyler Thomas' goal was a point to equal Melnick's previous program record, putting him now one behind older brother Dylan at 145 in his career (95 goals, 50 assists).

The Nor'easters visit Colby College to wrap up their 8-game road trip on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.), while Roger Williams is back at it Wednesday against Salve Regina University.


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