No. 19 Golden Bears Overcome Quick UNE Start for Win

BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Western New England fell behind early to the University of New England, but the 19th-ranked Golden Bears connected for eight straight goals, including all six in the second quarter, on their way to a 14-5 CCC victory Saturday afternoon (Apr. 14) at the Big Blue Turf.

WNE, slotted among the nation's top 20 teams in the latest USILA Coaches Poll, improves to 7-3 on the year and remains unbeaten (4-0) in league action. The Nor'easters now sit at 8-7 overall, 3-3 in CCC games.

Senior Patrick White (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Sean Lawton (Abington, Mass.) each had three goals to pace the visitors, and senior Liam Bokanovich (Sandwich, Mass.) added a pair of scores. Sophomore Colton Craig (Gales Ferry, Conn.) and senior Nick Jez (Somers, Conn.) helped fuel the offense with two assists apiece.

For UNE, senior Dylan Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.) was the only multiple goal scorer with two.

The Nor'easters jumped out early on their opponents, as senior Mike Pennacchio (Peabody, Mass.) and Thomas found the back of the cage within the initial 3:33 of the contest. The margin held for more the seven minutes until Lawton split the Golden Bear deficit in half at 2-1.

Just 34 seconds later, Big Blue first-year Shamus Higginbottom (New Milford, Conn.) restored UNE's two-goal cushion, but in the waning ticks of the period, Lawton struck again to make it 3-2 after one.

The 2nd frame belonged to Western New England, which notched six scores to build a 8-3 advantage by halftime. The Golden Bears out-shot the hosts 15-4 in the stanza, and for the game, posted a 51-19 edge.

Senior Joe Martin (Springfield, Mass.) won 9 of 12 face-offs in the match and picked up a game-high eight ground balls for WNE, which received five stops in goal by first-year Brandon Body (Newtown, Conn.).

UNE got 10 saves out of senior netminder Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) and a team-best six ground balls from classmate Matt Anderson (St. Paul, Minn.), who also registered a marker for the Nor'easters.

The Golden Bears return home to face Wentworth Institute of Technology on Tuesday (4:00 p.m.).

Big Blue is off until next Saturday (Apr. 21) when it heads to Salve Regina University for a 2:30 p.m. contest.


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