March 14, 2014

Vassar runs away from Western men for a 23-8 victory

DANBURY, CT — After falling behind early, the Vassar College men's lacrosse team dominated play over the final three quarters to take a 23-8 victory over Western Connecticut State University Friday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Leading the Western offense was sophomore Nate Wilson (Norwich, CT) who scored three goals.  Sophomore Jake Pantani (Branford, CT), sophomore John Foristall (Danbury, CT), freshman Joseph Noce (Smithtown, NY), senior Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT), and freshman Frankie Magrone (Bethel, CT) each scored once.

For Vassar, sophomore Noah Parson (Cary, NC) led all scorers with six goals.  Sophomore Colin Cederna (Milan, MI) scored four goals, followed by junior Scott Brekne (Stony Brook, NY) and senior Max Herman (Flemington, NJ) who each scored three goals.  Cederna also handed out a game-high five assists.

Vassar got on the board in the first 10 seconds of play on a goal by Parson, but Foster answered two minutes later with an unassisted goal for Western and a 1-1 score.

Western moved out to an early 3-1 lead when Pantani and Wilson scored back to back goals 10 seconds apart, but Vassar went on a 3-0 run to close out the first period, taking a 4-3 lead.

After Western evened the score at 4-4 at the 10:21 mark of the second quarter, Vassar went on a 5-0 run over the next five minutes for a 9-4 lead, prompting a Colonial timeout.

Magrone scored an unassisted goal at the 4:33 mark to make the margin 9-5 in favor of Vassar at halftime.

Vassar stormed out of the halftime break and scored in the opening minute, and two minutes later scored back to back goals for a 12-5 lead.

Wilson found the net two minutes later for Western, but Vassar closed out the third period with a 5-1 run, and a 17-7 lead going into the fourth.

Parson opened the fourth quarter scoring for Vassar, helping the visitors outscore Western 6-1 in the final stanza.  Vassar's final margin of victory was 23-8.

For the game, Vassar held a 50-34 advantage in shots and a 42-35 edge in ground balls.  Junior Kevin Seery (East Lyme, CT) recorded eight saves in goal for Western, but suffers the loss.  Senior Andrew Nicol (Carmel, NY) made nine saves to earn the victory for Vassar.

With the loss, Western is now 2-3 on the season, while Vassar improves to 3-2.  The Colonials return to action on Tuesday, March 18, when they travel to Baltimore for a game against the University of New England.  Game time is slated for 4:00pm.