April 3, 2012

Dominant First Half Propels WNE Past Nichols

from press release

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Golden Bears, ranked 16th nationally, improved their record to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). The Bison fall to 3-5 and 1-3 in conference action.

Freshman midfielder Tom Turner (E. Rockaway, NY) led 12 players hitting the scoring column with three goals.

Sophomore attacker Adam Knapton (Canandaigua, NY) contributed two goals and two assists.

Sophomore attacker Owen Caruso (Port Washington, NY) and freshman attacker Jon Bota (Mahopac, NY) each added two goals while sophomore attacker Justin McKinney (Niskayuna, NY), freshman attacker Dan McKenna (Merrick, NY), and freshman midfielder Ben Borselino (Scarsdale, NY) each chipped-in with a goal and assist.

Senior midfielder Josh Tullis (Medford, NY) and sophomore midfielder Jesse McKenna (East Lyme, CT) each won nine face-offs with Tullis also getting seven ground balls.

Freshman goalie Brandon Body (Newtown, CT) compiled eight saves in his collegiate debut.

Western New England, who visits second-ranked Cortland (NY) on Wednesday, led 4-0 after the opening period and scored seven times in the second quarter. The Golden Bears finished with a 47-26 advantage in shots.

The Bison outscored the Golden Bears 9-4 in the second half behind freshman midfielder Michael Bane (North Grafton, MA) who tallied five goals. Junior attackers Steve Delahanty (Auburn, NH) and Macauley Gillis (Northborough, MA) added two goals and three assists, respectively. Gillis also picked-up five ground balls.

Sophomore attacker Zac Smith (Wilbraham, MA) netted a goal with an assist while junior midfielder Marc Miller (Trumbull, CT) controlled eight face-offs. Senior goalie Scott Gray (Annapolis, MD) finished with 16 saves (12 in the opening half.  

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