Steve Glover netted five goals, including the go-ahead marker with 12:37 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Leopards defeated UNE in its final regular season contest. Both teams will meet against in the CCC Tournament, which begins on Saturday. Below is the release from this evening’s clash, courtesy of the Wentworth sports information department:
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Steve Glover (Marstons Mills, Mass.) scored five goals – including scoring the go-ahead goal with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter – and assisted on three others to help pace the WentworthInstitute of Technology men’s lacrosse team to a 12-10 win over the University of New England.
With the win the Leopards improve to 7-8 overall and finish CCC play with a 4-4 record. Wentworth will travel for a CCC Tournament opening round game on Saturday against an opponent to be determined. The Nor’Easters see their season end with a 5-12 (2-6) record.
Glover broke a six-plus minute scoring drought when he scored with 8:52 left before UNE senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) tied the score 38 seconds later. Junior Michael Cushera (Waltham, Mass.) gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with 6:51 left, however the Nor’Easters responded with a freshman Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) goal 1:29 later. Junior Ryan Coakley (Flemington, N.J.), who assisted on Cushera’s goal, scored from Glover with 2:19 left in the quarter to give Wentworth a 3-2 edge.
The Nor’Easters scored the next two goals and took a 4-3 lead with 9:14 left as senior Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and Wolfe scored 2:25 apart. Coakley scored with 8:59 left in the half and assisted on a sophomore Nick Parent (Windham, N.H.) goal 7:13 left to give the Leopards a 5-4 lead. Coakley’s assist was the 85th of his career, which sets the program record for career helpers. With 2:02 left, Wolfe tied the game at 5-all.
Senior Dan O’Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) gave UNE a 6-5 lead with his goal 34 seconds into the second half before the Leopards responded with four straight goals and took a 9-6 lead on a Glover marker with 8:49 left. Glover scored three of the four goals while senior Chris Kipp (Scarborough, Maine) had the other.
UNE battled back to score the next three goals – all coming in a span of 2:09 – to tie the game at 9-all. Freshman Andy Curro (Niskayuna, N.Y.) scored once and Gross added the next two.
Glover broke the tie with an unassisted tally 2:23 into the fourth quarter before, on a clear attempt, freshman Sean Farmer (Billerica, Mass.) carried the ball into the offensive zone and scored his first collegiate goal with 9:22 left.
Coakley scored from Glover with 5:53 left to make it a 12-9 game before Nor’Easter sophomore Sam Cloutier (Lewiston, Maine) rounded out the scoring with a goal with 4:27 left.
Coakley finished with three goals and two assists while Parent also had a multiple-point game with a goal and an assist. Parent also scooped up seven ground balls. Senior Jeff Bathalon (Harvard, Mass.) made the start between the pipes, making one save in 3:54. Classmate Jared Proulx (Nashua, N.H.) made 16 saves over the final 56:06. Proulx also picked up six ground balls.
Wolfe and Gross had three goals apiece for UNE, while Auger and Curro had a goal and an assist each and junior Jeff Bruno (Durham, Conn.) had two assists. O’Gorman and freshman Connor Leggett (Sunderland, Vt.) won nine and eight face-offs, respectively. Leggett had nine ground balls and O’Gorman eight. Cloutier caused three turnovers. Sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, N.H.) made 17 saves.
UNE held a 39-36 shot advantage and a 47-40 advantage on ground balls.