No. 14 Golden Bears Top No. 16 Bantams

Hartford, Conn. - The visiting Western New England Golden Bears used a five-goal third period to record a 14-11 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in a battle of two of the nation's top 16 NCAA Division III teams in a steady downpour on Jessee/Miller Field this afternoon.

Trinity, ranked No. 3 in New England and No. 16 in the nation, falls to 1-1 with the loss in its home opener, while the No. 14-ranked Golden Bears improve to 2-1 with their second win in a row.

Trinity took an early 2-0 lead thanks to unassisted goals by senior tri-captain midfielder Nick Shaheen (Williamsburg, Mass.) and classmate Matt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) in the first 1:23 of the game. Western New England answered with a 3-0 run, but Bantam junior attackman Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.) and Shaheen scored twice more to make the score, 4-3, with 3:39 left in the opening quarter. Golden Bear junior attackman JustinMcKinney (Niskayuna, N.Y.) tallied with just 15 seconds left before end of the opening stanza to tie the game at 4-4.

Trinity first-year midfielder Michael McQuiston (Greenwich, Conn.) scored his first career goal with 11 minutes left in the second quarter, but Golden Bear junior attackman Michael Donahue (South Windsor, Conn.) highlighted a 4-0 run by the visitors with two goals in a 1:34 span to give Western New England an 8-5 lead at the 3:35 mark.

Bantam senior attackman Jeff Hebert (Chambly, Quebec) scored a man-up goal and fed Shaheen on another tally, before Trinity senior tri-captain attackman Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.) scored another man-up goal from Cohen to give the home team three goals in less than two minutes and send the squads to halftime with an 8-3 tie.

In the third frame, Donahue scored the go-ahead goal with 10:18 on the clock, converting on a pass by junior midfielder Sean Lawton (Abington, Mass.) to ignite a 4-0 Golden Bear run. Nogueras stopped the bleeding at the 4:34 mark of the third, but Lawton closed the quarter with a fifth Golden Bear goal to give the visitors a 13-9 lead after three periods.

Nogueras scored his third of the day in the opening minute of the fourth quarter and the teams traded scores a few minutes later, but the score remained stuck at 14-11 for the final 9:07 of the game.

Shaheen paced the Bantam offense with four goals, while Nogueras scored three times, and Hebert finished with a goal and two assists. Trinity senior defenseman Dom Piselli (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while sophomore goalie Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) made a nice Bantam debut with 20 saves and a team-high six ground balls.

Donahue scored four times for Western New England, while senior attackman Corbett Corrigan-Harreys (Essex, Conn.) added three goals, and junior attackman Adam Knapton (Canandaigua, N.Y.) notched two goals and three assists for a game-high five points.

Junior face-off man Jesse DeLucca (East Lyme, Conn.) won 20 of 29 opportunities and scooped a game-high eight ground balls, while classmate Jake Liacos (Beverly, Mass.) totaled six ground balls and a game-high three caused turnovers for the Golden Bears.

Western New England finished with a 36-to-27 edge on grounders, and Golden Bear sophomore Brandon Body (Newton, Conn.) stopped 15 shots.


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