Mass. College Lax: Gillis Leads Nichols Past Curry, 10-9 (OT)
Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the men’s lacrosse game:
DUDLEY, Mass. – Senior Macaulay Gillis (Northborough, Mass.) scored his third goal of the game with 1:20 remaining in overtime to lift the Nichols College men’s lacrosse team to a 10-9 win over Curry College in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) action Saturday afternoon at Vendetti Field.
Freshman Chris Litchfield (Burlington, Mass.) also tallied three goals as the Bison snapped their two-game losing skid and improved to 4-8 (1-5 CCC). Gillis also handed out a pair of assists to increase his team-leading point total to 41. Senior Nicholas Kokich (Jackson, N.J.) recorded a goal and an assist.
Sophomores John Castellano (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Connor McKeon (Larchmont, N.Y.) each potted three goals to lead the Colonels (7-6, 1-4 CCC). Castellano also picked up three assists while junior Connor Arnold (Clifton Park, N.Y.) notched a goal and an assist.
Trailing 9-6 following McKeon’s third marker of the afternoon 37 seconds into the fourth, the Bison reeled off three-straight goals to tie the game at three. Gillis 20th of the season at 11:46 ignited the run, and goals by Litchfield at 8:40 and 2:07, respectively, tied the game at nine and forced overtime.
The Colonels opened the extra session with possession but were unable to get one past junior goalkeeper Matt McGue (Quincy, Mass.), who was making his first start of the season. At the other end, Gillis worked his way around junior defender Franklin Boswell-Taylor (Oak Bluffs, Mass.) and to the front of the net. He left his feet and let go of a low shot that eluded senior goalkeeper Tim McGonagle (Concord, Mass.) with 1:20 remaining to end the game and give Gillis his second OT winner of the season.
“The team did a great job of sticking in and being mentally focused,” said Bison head coach Eric Gobiel. “We did a great job of not hanging our heads when we fell behind by a few goals. We fought hard all four quarters and into overtime.”
The Bison held a 3-1 lead after one behind goals from Gillis, Kokick, and sophomore Michael Bane (North Grafton, Mass.). Litchfield and Castellano traded goals in the second, giving Nichols a 4-2 lead at the break. Curry held a 17-11 edge in shots through the first 30 minutes while winning six of eight face-offs.
The Colonels outscored Nichols 6-2 in the third to move in front, 8-6, after three quarters of play. Castellano racked up two goals and two assists, and McKeon scored twice. Juniors Brian Girard (Norwood, Mass.) and Liam Sullivan (Mashpee, Mass.) scored their fourth goals of the season for Nichols.
Nichols closed the game with a 37-30 edge in shots and a 43-33 advantage in ground balls, led by eight from senior Marc Miller (Trumbull, Conn.) and seven from sophomore Shaun Delaney (Woburn, Mass.). Freshman Will Clancy (Lynn, Mass.) recorded six ground balls to pace the Colonels, followed by junior Jimmy Mascioli (Arlington, Mass.) with five. McGue finished with seven saves while McGonagle notched 11.
Nichols returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts Mitchell at 7 p.m. The Colonels head to Middletown, R.I. for a 7 p.m. contest with Salve Regina on Tuesday.