Daniel Webster vs. Wheelock
March 22, 2012
The Game Story:
Nashua – Rookie Dan Knupfer (Corfu, N.Y.) notched three goals and added two assists and junior Justin Chiulli (Saugus, Mass.) added a hat trick goals and one assist guiding host Daniel Webster past Wheelock, 14-3 in a regional men's lacrosse matchup Thursday afternoon at Eagle Field.

Kurtis Fotheringham (Shrewsbury, Mass.) added a pair of goals and set up two while Noah Smith (Medford, Mass.) scored twice as the Eagles improved to 2-1 on the season.

Dan Merkel (Bethlehem, Penn.), Bobby Loranger (Billerica, Mass.) and Nate Burr (Southbury, Conn.) added a goal and assist each while Chris Gordon (Groton, Mass.) also scored for the hosts.

Adam Russo (Arlington, Mass.), Wilson Chang (Lee, Mass.) and Matt Burns (Cheyenne, Wyo.) added solo scores for the Wildcats (0-4).

Mike Manning played well in goal for Wheelock, making 11 stops, while Eagle netminder Tommy Driscoll (South Boston, Mass.) registered six saves.

DWC led 2-1 after one period and 3-2 early in the second, but pulled way with a five goal second period to lead 7-2 at the half and broke it open with a four-goal third to lead 11-2 after three.

Fotheringham and Chiulli gave DWC a 2-0 lead in the opening 2:39 of the contest and Russo answered at the 2:51 mark for a 2-1 game.

Fotheringham upped it to 3-1 with a shorthanded score off a Knupfer feed 2:37 into the second and Burns pulled Wheelock back within one 37 seconds later.

But Knupfer answered exactly one minute later on the power play, Burr followed at the 5:50 mark and Chiulli netted his second for a 6-2 game with 6:58 to go. Smith would late close the second quarter and open the third with his pair of strikes to make it 8-2 while Knupfer, Loranger and Merkel would each pot goals in the third.

Gordon, Chiulli and Knupfer added fourth quarter tallies for a 14-2 lead before Chang closed the scoring with 2:30 to play.

DWC finished with a 35-11 total shots advantage and also earned wins in groundballs (27-22) and clears (14-11).