Connecticut College Defeats New England College

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Connecticut College raced out to a 6-1 first quarter advantage and went on to defeat New England College 14-9 in a non-conference game played in New London Wednesday.

John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) scored three goals while Chad Sawyer (Northfield, Ill.) and Thomas Woessner (Old Lyme, Conn.) netted two goals each to lead the Camels (4-4) in their second straight win. Briggs Barton (Rye, N.Y.), Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) and Tyler Corcoran (Simsbury, Conn.) all contributed with a goal and an assist for Connecticut College.

Senior Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) won 17 of 23 face-offs to go with eight ground balls. Czerkawski set the tone by winning 8 of 8 battles in the trenches in the opening quarter of play.

Clay Hillyer (South Windsor, Conn.) corralled five ground balls to go with his two caused turnovers. Brogan O'Connor (Haverhill, Mass.) had three ground balls and three caused turnovers while Michael O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) finished with three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) stopped seven shots and was relieved by John Lenehan (Hingham, Mass.) who played the closing 6:20 of regulation.

New England College senior midfielder Sam Freihofner (Scarsdale, N.Y.) scored three goals and assisted on two others to lead the visitors (3-5) in the setback. Sophomore Steve Parson (Townsend, Mass.) tallied two goals and two assists for the Pilgrims.

Pat Miles (Brampton, Ontario) collected four ground balls. Senior net-minder Nick Acquaviva (Syracuse, N.Y.) stopped nine shots in the loss for New England College.

The Pilgrims took a 1-0 lead when Adam Shute (Calgary, Alberta) scored 3:25 into regulation. But Lyons answered dangled his way through a pair of defenders to tie the game 55 seconds later. With 6:12 remaining in the quarter, Danny Morici rifled home a turnaround shot from the right side of the box to put the Camels on top for good with 2-1 lead. The Camels tacked on four more first quarter markers and Sawyer closed out the rally with back-to-back goals coming 26 seconds apart.

The Camels out-scored the Pilgrims 3-2 in the second quarter, closing out the frame with a goal when Barton assisted Lyons for a score with 22.5 seconds remaining and were in control with a 9-3 advantage at the intermission.

However, the Pilgrims responded by scoring the first two goals in the second half. Freihofner made a nifty looking spin move for a score with 6:27 to play and the Camel advantage was trimmed to 9-5.

Tyler Corcoran pushed the lead back to 10-5 but Freihofner countered just 20 seconds later with another Pilgrim score and Connecticut College carried a 10-6 lead into the final quarter of action.

With 13:02 remaining, Lyons opened the fourth quarter scoring with his third goal of the day. Woessner tacked on another score to make it a 12-6 game. Later on with 8:43 remaining, the Camels took advantage of an unsettled situation when Jack Griffin (Seaford, N.Y.) assisted Freedman for a goal to put the Camels in complete control with 13-6 advantage.

The hosts were able to hold on for the 14-9 victory.

Connecticut College out-shot New England College 42-to-26 and held a 34-to-13 advantage in ground balls.

The Pilgrims will host Castleton State College Tuesday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. game in Henniker, N.H.

Connecticut College will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they host Kean University this Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. game in New London.

2012-04-04



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