Bristol, R.I. - Bantam rookie Andrew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored four times in his collegiate debut while sophomore Andrew Collins (Brookfield, Conn.) recorded his first career hat-trick to lead the Trinity College men's lacrosse team to an opening day, 12-8 victory over the Roger Williams University Hawks on Saturday afternoon in Bristol, R.I. Trinity starts the year off with a victory for the first time since the spring of 2012-13 and hands the Hawks their first loss of the year as they fall to 1-1.
Windy conditions throughout the day made it tough for both teams to adjust early on. The first nine minutes of play came and went without a score, until Jared Grier (Quincy, Mass.) took a pass from Jude Marzec (West Islip, N.Y.) at the 5:28 mark and scored his fourth goal of the year for Roger Williams. Trinity was almost held without a goal for the entire first quarter until sophomore Ben Ferrucci (Essex, Conn.) scored with just under a minute to play.
The Bantam offense started clicking in the second quarter, with senior Jack Stallman (Barrington, R.I.), Kozub and junior Teddy Myers (Washington, D.C.) each scoring in the first five minutes of play to take a 4-1 lead. Roger Williams junior Chris Bova (Ridgefield, Conn.) ended the drought with a goal at the 10:36 mark, but Trinity responded with three quick goals in the span of less than two minutes to take a 7-2 lead. Marzec and Tim Mullane (Hanover, Mass.) managed to grab two scores for the Hawks late in the quarter to bring the team within four going into halftime.
Bova added another goal shortly into the third to make it a 5-7 game, but that would be Roger Williams' only score in the quarter, as Trinity added two more goals in the frame, by Collins and junior Ben MacShane (Concord, Mass.), to go back on top by four.
The fourth quarter saw both teams trade goals back and forth throughout the period, with the Hawks unable to climb their way back into the game. Marzec scored twice in the quarter for RWU, while Kozub also had two tallies for Trinity.
Trinity senior tri-captain Woody Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass.) had nine saves between the pipes for Trinity while Kozub led all players with four goals. Myers had a career-high five assists to go along with a goal and Stallman had a pair of scores, four assists and four ground balls. Junior Scott Morgan (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) played well in the faceoff circle for Trinity, winning 18 of 24 faceoffs and collecting 14 ground balls.
Trinity returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Skidmore in the home-opener at Jessee/Miller Field before opening New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Saturday at home versus Williams College.