WALTHAM, MA – The Western Connecticut State University men's soccer team fell to 19th-ranked Brandeis in the NCAA Division III National Tournament first round on Saturday afternoon at Gordon Field. With the loss, the Colonials outstanding season comes to an end at 14-7-1 overall, while the Judges improved to 14-4 and advanced to the second round where they will square up against the winner of Rutgers-Newark/Bowdoin on Sunday.
"We continued to play tough and battle as we have all season long. Unfortunately, we were not able to find the back of the net today," said WestConn head coach Joe Mingachos as he concluded his first season at the helm of the men's program. "We are losing some key players to graduation but with a hefty crop of young kids, I feel we are headed in a strong and positive direction," he added.
Brandeis outshot the Colonials, 15-9, while also holding an edge in corner kicks, 7-4. The Judges broke the ice 14:50 into the contest when Mike Lynch took a feed from Patrick Flahive and buried a shot into the short side of the goal.
The Judges extended the advantage to 2-0 when Dylan Hennessy knocked a header in that sailed just underneath the crossbar on a free kick midway through the second half. Moments later, Andrew Allen netted his fifth goal of the season to round the scoring out at 3-0.
WestConn junior goalkeeper Luca DiCarlo (Waterbury, CT) combined with rookies Daniel Szabo (Trumbull, CT) and Matthew D'Onofrio (Orange, CT) to notch three saves, while Ben Woodhouse stopped two shots and improved to 10-3 for the Judges.