DANBURY, CT – Despite a pair of fourth quarter goals from junior attackman Robert Swensen (Danbury, CT), the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team fell to visiting non-conference foe Farmingdale State College, 12-6, on Wednesday night at The Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 3-4 overall, while the Rams improved to 5-4.
Junior attackman Shane Clark (Oceanside, NY) paced Farmingdale with a hat trick, while sophomore AJ Sandorfi (Lynbrook, NY) chipped in with a goal and dished out a game-high five assists.
The Colonials were plagued by turnovers as they coughed the ball up 21 times, while the Rams finished with just 13. Farmingdale placed ahead in shots, 40-29, and groundballs, 20-11.
"We're obviously not happy with the result, but we are happy with how hard our boys played tonight," said WestConn head coach Ryan Cavanagh following the defeat. "If we played like this from the beginning of the season, we'd be a much different team right now. Bryan (Murchison) played well at the faceoff x. Offensively, we didn't get our motor going until late in the game. We are looking forward to starting conference play," he continued.
The visitors pierced the scoring column with a pair of goals to hold a 2-0 at the end of the opening quarter. Trailing 3-0 in the second, Caldwell fired a sharp-angled rocket from the left wing, good for his team-leading 23rd goal of the season, cutting the deficit to 3-1. The Rams responded when rookie middie John Feiner (Farmingdale, NY) dodged down the middle, splitting a pair of defenders, and bounced a shot in to make it 4-1 just before the break.
The visitors tacked on to their lead as they outscored the hosts 4-1 in the third, widening the gap to 8-2. The Colonials sliced the advantage to 10-6 when Chibbaro netted his third goal of the year with 9:44 remaining. However, that was as close as the hosts would get as the Rams went on to lock up the win, 12-6.
Reigning Little East Conference Goalie of the Week Perry Cassidy (East Setauket, NY) fell to 3-4 overall, while registering 11 saves for the Colonials, while junior netminder Dan Wood (East Meadow, NY) picked up the victory for the Rams, improving to 5-4, while stopping six shots.
WestConn returns to action when they open up LEC play against Plymouth State at The Holderness School on Saturday at Noon.