DANBURY, CT — Sophomore John Foristall (Danbury, CT) scored six goals and handed off two assists to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team to an 18-6 victory over Little East Conference rival Salem State University Wednesday night at the Westside Athletic Complex.
Also scoring for Western were sophomore Nate Wilson (Norwich, CT) with four goals, junior Nick Foley (Walpole, MA) with two goals, senior Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT) with two goals, freshman Devin McLaughlin (New Milford, CT) with two goals, and sophomore Jake Pantani (Branford, CT) and junior Ryan Arconti (Danbury, CT) who each scored once.
For Salem State, sophomore Alex Pearsons (Burlington, MA) and junior Andy Rice (Weymouth, MA) each scored twice. Juniors Ian Abrahamson (Billerica, MA) and Matt Whited (Falmouth, MA) each scored once.
Western jumped out to an early lead when Wilson scored after only seven seconds had run off the clock. Two minutes later, Pantani scored to make the lead 2-0, and when Foley scored an unassisted goal at the 7:57 mark, Western's lead was 3-0.
Salem state gained the momentum with a goal in the closing seconds of the first quarter and dominated play for the first four minutes of the second period to tie the score at 3-3 with a pair of goals from Rice and one from Whited.
The remainder of the second quarter belonged to Western, as the Colonials scored six unanswered goals. Four of the goals were scored by Foristall, including one goal where he single handedly ran through (and over) the Salem State defenders to score an unassisted goal. A goal by Foley with one minute remaining in the half gave Western an 8-3 lead, and Foristall's final goal of the period with only 23 seconds left before halftime, made the margin 9-3 at intermission.
Western began the second half the same way it began the first, with Wilson scoring in the opening seconds. Foristall scored Western's second goal of the third period just 30 seconds later to give the Colonials two goals in less than a minute and an 11-3 lead.
Western scored four more goals in the third period to outscore Salem State 6-0 and take a 15-3 lead going in to the fourth quarter.
Foster scored to open the fourth quarter for Western, before Salem State put together back to back goals by Pearsons and Abrahamson for a 16-5 score. Persons tallied one more marker for the Vikings, but Western was strong down the stretch, taking the victory by the final margin of 18-6
For the game, Western held a 53-35 advantage in shots and a 41-26 edge in ground balls. Junior Chris Alexander (Swansey, NH) came in to relieve Western's starting keeper Kevin Seery (East Lyme, CT) early in the first quarter and recorded six saves in goal for Western to collect the win. Junior Dylan Svenson (Billerica, MA) made 15 saves, but suffers the loss in goal for Salem State.
With the win, Western improves to 6-7 on the season, and 3-1 in the Little East Conference. Salem State falls to 3-9, 1-3 in the LEC. The Colonials return to action on Saturday, April 19, when they travel to play Little East Conference rival UMass Dartmouth. Game time is slated for 4:00pm.