Big Blue Notches Program-Record 9th Win Against Salve

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. -- Junior Tyler Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.) found the back of the cage four times to lead the University of New England to a 9-7 victory over Salve Regina in non-conference action Saturday afternoon (Apr. 21) at Gaudet Field.

The triumph is number nine on the year for the Nor'easters (9-7), surpassing the previous program single-season mark of eight wins set in 2011. It also ended a seven-game UNE losing streak to the Seahawks and was Big Blue's first road victory in the all-time series.

Down 2-1 shortly after Salve's Chad Hollenshade scored 1:49 into the 2nd period, UNE tallied the last four of the half to go up 5-2 at the break. Tyler Thomas scored twice in the stretch.

The difference was two (6-4) late in the 3rd quarter when Dylan Thomas (Mount Pleasant, N.Y.) notched two of his three assists in the contest to set-up sophomore Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and younger brother Tyler, extending the gap to four heading into the final frame.

Hollenshade and Tyler Thomas exchanged scores in the 4th before two late markers for the Seahawks provided the closing margin.

Tyler Thomas also had an assist for a match-best five points. Gross recorded a pair of goals and classmate Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) posted two assists.

UNE junior Nick McMahon (Westfield, Mass.) led the defensive effort for the winners with eight ground balls and five caused turnovers, and senior Nate Porter (Cohasset, Mass.) backstopped Big Blue for 12 saves in just over 54 minutes of playing time.

Hollenshade finished with four goals for SRU. Curtis McKeon tossed in a goal and two assists, while scooping up a game-high 10 ground balls and taking 10 of 17 decisions at the face-off X. Jackson Petri and Evan Simone split time between the pipes for the hosts, registering nine and eight stops, respectively.

The Nor'easters, who out-shot their opponents by a 46-30 margin, return home for the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) regular-season finale against Curry College on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.).

With results in other conference on the day, UNE secured the No. 4 seed in the upcoming postseason tournament and will host Gordon College in the first round next Saturday (Apr. 28). The official release of championship pairings will come out mid-week.


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