February 27, 2013

Western men open season with 16-5 win at SUNY Maritime

THROGGS NECK, NY (Feb. 27) - Junior Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT) led a balance attack with five goals and three assists to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team to a 16-5 win at SUNY Maritime to open the 2013 season Wednesday evening.

The Privateers fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Colonials begin the year with a 1-0 mark.  

Maritime had five different goal-scorers on the night. For the second straight game, junior James D'Amico (Floral Park, N.Y./St. Francis Prep.) led the squad in points with two: registering a goal and an assist. Classmates Mike Jonson (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip), Dylan Larmony (Old Bethpage, N.Y./Planview JFK) and Andrew Scalesi (New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield) and senior Kevin Winter (Brightwaters, N.Y./Bay Shore) also found the back of the net for the Privateers. Freshman Tom Kelly (Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge) chipped in with an assist. 

Sophomore Justin Fronckwitz (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) led Maritime with six ground balls and two caused turnovers. Villarreal, junior Anthony Ambrosio (Deer Park, N.Y./Deer Park) and freshman Matt Hayes (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) all had five ground balls, apiece. In net, senior Nick Barbuto (Seaford, N.Y./Seaford) made 18 saves in over 47 minutes of action. He was replaced by freshman Mike Arnold (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge), who played 12:30 and made the first two saves of his collegiate career. 

The Privateers scored the first two goals of the game as D'Amico and Winter both found the twine, but Western Connecticut went on to score the next 11 goals to open the game up. Larmony scored with about three minutes remaining in the third quarter to bring the score to 11-3 before the Colonials cashed in five more times. Scalesi and Johnson tallied back-to-back goals to close out the scoring on the night. 

WestConn was led by Ryan Foster, who had a game-high eight points (five goals and three assists). Anthony Nejame and Nate Wilson chipped in with three goals and two assists apiece and Zach Bartlett led all players with seven groundballs. In net, Chris Alexander got the victory, making nine saves and allowing only four goals in 55 minutes. Billy Thomson recorded two saves in relief. 

Maritime will now hit the road for a two-game road-trip this weekend. The Privateers will be traveling to Boston, Mass. to take on Emmanuel College on Friday at 7 p.m. and will stay in the area and travel down to Buzzards Bay, Mass. on the campus of Mass. Maritime to take on the Maine Maritime Mariners in a neutral-site contest.