March 9, 2009

Camels Beat Cold, Salve Regina

from staff reports

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The last time Connecticut College and Salve Regina faced-off against each other, both teams were playing in Sunny Orlando at Disney World. There was no sun, parades, or t-shirts needed this time around, but the Camels provided plenty of offensive fireworks for the partisan crowd that withstood frigid temperatures, ice and 25 mile per hour wind-gusts to see their team pull out a 15-5 win.  

Sophomore Rob Walsh (Charlestown, R.I.) exploded with five goals and an assist to lead the Camels to the lopsided win. Sophomore Ryan Hayes (Darien, Conn.) chipped in with three goals and two assists in a five-point day for the hosts.

Ben Eischen (Brookfield, N.H.) accounted for two goals and an assist in the triumph. Phips Smith (Far Hills, N.J.) added two scores for the hosts, who piled up 50 shots in the win.

Freshman Chris Walker (Marshfield, Mass.) and Michael Augustus (Bristol, R.I.) scored two goals each for the visiting Seahawks. Senior Brian Walker (Marshfield, Mass.) made 16 saves in the contest.

Augustus opened the game with two quick scores, vaulting the Seahawks out to an early advantage. But the Camels ended the quarter with a 7-to-0 run to take command of the contest. Eischen put the hosts on the scoreboard with 8:38 remaining in the first. Walsh scored the next two goals just 65 seconds apart from each other to put the Camels on top for good in a 3-2 game with 6:52 left in the quarter.

Phips Smith cashed in on an extra man opportunity to make it 4-2 game. Brendan Moses set up the fifth goal by breaking a Seahawk clear with one of his game-high six ground balls in the contest. Moses spotted Eischen who was able to tickle the twine for his second score of the quarter in the unsettled situation.

Hayes and Steve Dachille (Garden City, N.Y.) closed out the scoring in the quarter and the Camels enjoyed a 7-2 lead. Walker scored both of his goals in the second quarter for Salve. Pat Shanley (Skaneateles, N.Y.) scored on a feed from Eischen with 21 seconds remaining in the half and the Camels enjoyed a comfortable 10-4 lead at the break.

The Camels out-scored the Seahawks 5-to-0 in the third quarter to break the game wide open. Mark Moran (Greenwich, Conn.) stopped 10 Salve Regina shots to earn his first win of the season in the cage. Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) contributed a save and a ground ball in relief of Moran in fourth quarter action in the cage.

Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) was 9-for-13 on face-offs and had two ground balls in the win.

The Camels will host Clark University Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. in New London. Salve Regina will host Babson College this Wednesday afternoon in a 3:30 p.m. game at Newport.

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