May 3, 2013

Western men fall to Eastern in LEC semifinals, 23-4

MANSFIELD, CT (May 3) - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team scored the game's first 15 goals on the way to a 23-4 victory over Western Connecticut State University in the semi-final of this year's Little East Conference tournament.  With the victory, Eastern advances to Sunday's championship game against #1 seeded Keene State, who defeated Plymouth State 19-9 in the tournament's other semifinal matchup.

Scoring for Western were freshman John Foristall (Danbury, CT) with three goals and freshman John Thomas (Waterford, CT) with one goal.  Senior Andrew Bascom (Franklin, MA) had the lone assist for the Colonials.

Eastern got on the board in the second minute of play, and the score remained 1-0 for for the next five minutes, but Eastern dominated the remaining minutes of the first quarter to take an 8-0 lead after the first 15 minutes.

Eastern continued to dominate play in the second quarter and held a commanding 15-0 lead at the half.

Foristall scored on Western's first possession of the third quarter, but Eastern countered with five unanswered goals for a 20-1 lead after three quarters.

A 3-3 score in the fourth quarter made the final margin 23-4 in favor of Eastern.

For the game, Eastern held a 44-29 advantage in shots and had a 43-26 edge in ground balls.  Western keeper Kevin Seery (East Lyme, CT) finished with eight saves in a losing effort for the Colonials.

With the loss, Western falls to 9-9 on the season, while Eastern improves to 9-7.