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Mass. College Lax: Nichols Rallies Past Rivier, 13-12 (OT)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s lacrosse team, which rallied past Rivier for an overtime victory:

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Zac Smith (Wilbraham, Mass.) scored his second goal of the game eight seconds into overtime as the Nichols College men’s lacrosse team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 13-12 win over Rivier College Saturday afternoon in non-conference men’s lacrosse action at Vendetti Field.

Sophomore Anthony Verville (Portland, Maine) potted five goals while junior captain Michael Bane (North Grafton, Mass.) picked up a hat trick as the Bison have won their first two games for the first time since the 2009 campaign. Nichols outshot the Raiders 55-32.

Freshman Sean Given (Londonderry, N.H.) scored four times for Rivier (2-1), which also received three goals from sophomore Kyle Graham (Londonderry, N.H.) and two from senior Danny Hooper (Wakefield, R.I.). Sophomore Clark Plummer (Londonderry, N.H.) recorded 32 saves. The Raiders went 5-for-8 with the extra man.

The Bison led 12-8 with 5:52 remaining in the fourth before the Raiders ripped off four-straight goals to tie the game. Given began the run with a man-up goal at 5:26 before gals by Hooper at 3:21, Given at 1:07, and sophomore Kevin Dembkoski (Salem, N.H.) with 24 seconds left sent the game to OT. Freshman Kevin D’Angelo (Pelham, N.H.) won the opening face-off in the extra session, then found Smith for a shot that beat Plummer high and ended the game.

“We had a great start to the game,” said Nichols head coach Eric Gobiel. “Our guys hung in there. Rivier is a strong, solid team, and our guys showed a lot of character pulling out the win after Rivier fought back. Our guys showed a lot of character and a lot of heart. We made a great play in overtime to win the game.”

The game was tied at three after one as Bane netted a pair for Nichols. Two tallies from Verville in the second quarter helped the Bison open up a 7-4 lead before Hooper set up a pair of Rivier goals to send his team into the half down by one.

Each team found the back of the net once in the third, and Nichols scored four of the first five goals in the fourth to open up a four-goal cushion. Verville scored twice while senior Brian Girard (Norwood, Mass.) and Bane also beat Plummer.

Junior Sean Coates (Grafton, Mass.) collected a team-high eight ground balls and cased three turnovers, as did junior Shaun Delaney (Woburn, Mass.). Rivier junior Cody Lynch (Salem, N.H.) led all student-athletes with nine GB’s while freshman John Cangiamila (Woburn, Mass.) caused three turnovers.

Nichols freshman netminder Peter Zygaldo (Hanover, N.H.) stopped 12 shots to improve to 2-0.

The Bison head to Salem State for a 4 p.m. contest on Tuesday. Rivier heads to Regis (MA) for a 5 p.m. game on Monday.

Mass. College Lax: Gillis Leads Nichols Past Curry, 10-9 (OT)

By NoontimeSports.com 

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.