Mass. College Lax: No. 12 Endicott Stymies East Conn., 10-3

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Eastern Connecticut sports information department, here’s today’s release from the men’s lacrosse game. Endicott earned a 10-3 against the Warriors and improved to 3-0 overall:

MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Endicott College men’s lacrosse team won 14 of 17 faceoffs and limited Eastern Connecticut State University to one goal through the first 34 minutes in posting a 10-3 non-conference victory Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.

In a battle of 2-0 teams, No. 12 nationally-ranked Endicott defeated Eastern for the third straight time. Endicott freshman faceoff specialist Tommy Hughes (Coram, NY) owned the faceoff “X”, winning  14 of 17 ,incuding all eight in the second half, with sophomore goalie Cameron Bell (Falmouth, ME) – an honorable mention USILA All-America as a freshman — making 13 saves to record his third straight win of the year.

Eastern’s top attack line combined for 13 of Eastern’s 30 shots,  but could only break through twice – freshman Nick Carisio (Cheshire) submitting his first career goal in his first start and senior returning scoring leader Mike Jordan (Cheshire) striking for his team-leading eighth of the season.

Carisio and Jordan scored less than three minutes apart to open the second half – Eastern’s only consecutive goals in the match — and cut Endicott’s lead to 6-3, but the Gulls shut down their hosts the rest of the way, tacking on their only goal of the third quarter and adding three insurance goals in the fourth quarter.

Seven different players had points and six at goals for Endicott, with freshman attack Colin Bannon (Westport) improving his team-leading total to 12 goals with three strikes. Bannon gave his team a lead it would not relinquish 55 seconds into action, scored his second goal midway through the second quarter that made it 6-1, and added one of his team’s final four goals over the final 17 minutes.

Eastern junior defender Travis Tiger (Ridgefield) led all players in the game (except faceoff man Hughes) with seven ground balls. Sophomore goalies Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA) and Brendan Gillotti (Danbury) split time in net. Smaldone stopped five shots in the first half and Gillotti four in the second.

Eastern hosts Amherst College Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in its fourth straight home match. The Jeffs are ranked No. 7 in New England, Eastern No. 8.

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