New London, Conn. - The visiting Trinity College Bantam men’s lacrosse team earned its fourth consecutive victory, defeating the Connecticut College Camels, 11-7, in a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) contest on the Artificial Turf at Silfen Field this afternoon. The Bantams improve to 4-2 and are a perfect 3-0 in the NESCAC. The Camels slip to 2-4 with a 1-4 mark in league action.
Junior midfielder Steve Manning (Tyngsboro, Mass.) had two goals and two assists to lead the visitors. Jnior midfielder Nick Shaheen (Williamsburg, Mass.) chipped in with two scores. Junior T.J. Cholnoky (Greenwich, Conn.) was 7-for-9 on the face off and accounted for the goal that proved to be the difference in the third quarter. Senior captain Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) made seven saves in the cage for the Bantams. Connecticut College junior midfielder Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) scored three goals for the Camels. Junior John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) chipped in with two scores. JR Hartgers (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) finished with a goal and an assist in the setback. Connecticut College senior Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) made 11 saves in the cage.
Eicher opened the scoring with 10 minutes left in the first and then Hartgers capitalized on an unsettled situation to put the Camel on top 2-0 with 7:27 remaining in the quarter. But Trinity responded by scoring the next three goals, pulling ahead when Terence Olson (Avon, Conn.) scored with 37 seconds left. However, Eicher answered for the hosts with 7.6 seconds remaining and the game was tied up at three after one quarter of action. Trinity controlled the second quarter of action, holding an 11-to-6 advantage in shots and a 6-to-2 edge in ground balls. First-year attackman Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored with 1:58 remaining to vault the visitors out to a 6-3 advantage at the break.
Jack Griffin (Seaford, N.Y.) provided the hosts with a third period highlight, scoring a man-down goal to make it a 7-4 game with 8:47 remaining. But Cholnoky cashed in on an extra-man opportunity with 6:30 to go and Trinity carried an 8-4 lead into the fourth quarter of play. Lyons and Eicher scored goals in the fourth and the Camels made it a 9-6 game with 7:27 remaining. Trinity responded with goals from junior attackman Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) and Manning to push the lead back to 11-6. The visitors held on for the 11-7 triumph.