Middletown, Conn. - The Trinity College Bantams dropped a 6-2 decision against the host Wesleyan University Cardinals in New England Small College Athletic COnference (NESCAC) men's lacrosse action this afternoon. Wesleyan improves to 10-3 overall and 5-3 in the NESCAC, while Trinity drops to 4-9 overall and 2-6 in the league with its second setback in a row.
Trailing, 3-0, at the break, the Bantams broke the ice as junior Nick Branholm took a pass from senior Rob Nogueras and fired in a low shot from long range on the right to make it 3-1 at 12:59 of the third period. Wesleyan countered 1:15 later, making it 4-1. Nogueras got a goal of his own, his team-leading 23rd of the year, running the left side after a pass from junior Terence Olson at 6:41. Wesleyan scored once near the end of the third quarter, and again early in the fourth frame to round out the scoring.
Wesleyan outshot Trinity, 44-22, and put 25 shots on net to just nine by the Bantams. Trinity sophomore goalie Mickey Zaverucha was outstanding , stopping 19 shots, many at close range and in rapid succession. Wesleyan keeper Mark Simmons had seven stops. Trinity committed 32 turnovers, while the Cardinals were guilty of 16. Wesleyan senior defender Mike Robinson led the way with four caused turnovers and had four ground balls. Stanton led in the GB department with six. Trinity got four grounders each from junior faceoff man Tim Reichert and junior Chase Growney. Senior defender Dom Piselli led the Bantams with two caused turnovers.