Hartford, Conn. – Junior Matthew Hauck (Ridgewood, N.J.) registered a season-high seven points (6g-1a) to lead the Trinity men's lacrosse team a 14-11 victory over visiting Western Connecticut State on Wednesday afternoon at Jessee/Miller Field. The 14-goal outburst marked a season high for the Bantams as they improved to 3-4 with the win, while the Colonials lost their second straight to fall to 3-5.
Hauck wasn't the only player to breakout offensively in the contest as Nate Wilson netted five goals for WCSU. The other Bantam to have a multi-point game was Chase Growney (Berwyn, Pa.), who tallied three goals to go along with two assists.
Trinity controlled the tempo early, scoring four of the game's first five goals to hold a 4-1 edge after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the home team stretched their lead to as many as five as Growney scored his first marker of the game to make it 8-3 with 2:45 left in the half. Western Connecticut answered as Jake Pantani found the back of the net with just over a minute remaining in the second as the Bantams would take an 8-4 lead into halftime.
Senior Robert Gallahue (North Andover, Mass.) and Hauck would each score within the first three minutes of the third quarter to give Trinity a six-goal advantage at 10-4. The Colonials responded with two unanswered goals of their own to close out the quarter and enter the final 15 minutes trailing by two.
The two squads traded goals to open the fourth quarter as Trinity held its four-goal lead. With under 10 minutes remaining in regulation, WCSU would score a pair of goals to pull within two. Growney stretched the Trinity lead back to three, potting his second goal of the game with six minutes remaining. Once again, the Colonials would answer with two straight goals to this time make it a one-goal game.
The Bantams would hold their lead down the stretch as both Hauck and Growney scored insurance goals late to give Trinity its first win at home this season.
In net, junior Makar Zaverucha (Duxbury, Mass.) made 10 saves to earn his third victory of the year, while Colonials netminder Kevin Seery turned aside 12 shots in a losing effort.
The Bantams return to action on Saturday, Mar. 29, traveling to Brunswick, Maine to square off with Bowdoin in NESCAC action. The conference tilt is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m.