FARMINGDALE, NY - Despite a team-high four goals and an assist from senior attackman John Foristall (Danbury, CT), the WestConn men's lacrosse team fell at non-league foe Farmingdale State, 11-7, on Wednesday night.
Rookie middie Johnnie Ward (Mahopac, NY) chipped in with a goal and a pair of assists for the Colonials who dropped to 1-2 overall.
The visitors drew first blood when Foristall found the back of the net less than six minutes into the contest. He notched his second goal of the game later in the quarter off a feed from Ward to put the Colonials up, 2-1.
The hosts rallied with a four goal spurt to take a 5-2 lead into halftime.
Farmingdale extended the advantage to 6-2 early in the third when Ryan Wieczorek earned a hat trick.
WestConn answered with a run of its own, cutting the deficit to 6-5 when Foristall tallied an unassisted goal with 3:11 left before the final quarter.
The Colonials knotted the score at 7-7 when freshman midfielder Ryan Reuling (Groton, CT) took a pass from senior Jon Thomas (Waterford, CT) and buried a shot into the back of the cage midway thru the fourth.
However, the hosts strung together another four goal run en route to the victory as they improved to 3-1 overall.
"Our defense executed the game plan perfectly and we gave up some goals near the end trying to gain possession. We are a young team and have to learn how to win. We are making improvements every game, but we need to start finishing on those, especially when our faceoff specialist, Ryan Yursha, performs great like he did tonight," said WestConn head coach Ryan Cavanagh after the loss.
Senior goalkeeper Patrick Tynan (Somers, CT) recorded nine saves and took the loss for the Colonials, while Brendan Schade earned the win for the hosts as he turned aside eight shots. WestConn won 11-of-19 face offs, while the hosts earned the groundball advantage, 37-27.
The Colonials return to action against visiting non-conference opponent Manhattanville on Saturday at 1 p.m. Weather could be an issue this weekend, so please check this site for scheduling updates.