April 17, 2012

Wesleyan Upsets No. 15 Trinity in NESCAC Tilt

from press release

HARTFORD, Conn. – Senior tri-captain midfielder John Froats (Yorktown, N.Y.) notched three goals and three assists to lead visiting Wesleyan to a 12-8 victory over No. 15 Trinity in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) men’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field.  Trinity dropped to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the NESCAC, while the Cardinals improved to 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the league. 

Wesleyan rattled off five straight goals after Trinity freshman attackman Jack Castelli (Huntington, N.Y.) tied the game at 7-7 with 6:30 left in the third quarter, faking high and shooting low past Wesleyan senior tri-captain goalie Grant Covington (Gloucester, Mass.) from close on the left wing off a feed by junior middie Nick Shaheen (Williamsburg, Mass.).  Cardinal senior midfielder Ted Citrin (New Canaan, Conn.) netted the game-winner with 2:10 left in the third, converting on an assist by sophomore defenseman Elliot Albert (Narbeth, Pa.) who had carried the ball the length of the field. Froats recorded his sixth point 12:02 into the fourth quarter, feeding sophomore Joe Porcelli (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) for a goal, and three different Cardinals scored over the next 10 minutes.  Trinity junior attackman Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) broke a 20:26 scoring drought for the Bantams with an unassisted tally at 1:04 in the fourth to close out the scoring.

The teams had traded goals until early in the second quarter when sophomore midfielder Aidan Daniell (Hopkinton, N.H.) gave the Cardinals a two-goal edge at 4-2 with a goal from Froats with 12:50 left before halftime.  Trinity junior midfielderMatt Cohen (East Lyme, Conn.) answered with his second goal of the game with 6:15 on the clock, before Froats ended the first-half scoring with an unassisted score with 3:16 on the clock.

Castelli, Cohen, and junior midfielder Steve Manning (Tyngsboro, Mass.) scored twice for Trinity, while Shaheen assisted on two goals, and junior face-off man T.J. Cholnoky (Greenwich, Conn.) won 11 of his 13 opportunities while leading the Bantams with four ground balls.  Daniell and Citrin joined Froats as hat trick scorers for Wesleyan, while junior LSM Brendan Hanley (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) totaled three ground balls and three caused turnovers.  Covington made 14 saves and Trinity senior captain backstop Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) had six stops.  Trinity outshot Wesleyan, 36-to-27, and held a 27-to-13 advantage on ground balls, but committed 22 turnovers.

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