Drew vs. Trinity (ct)
March 11, 2006
The Game Story:
Drew menís lacrosse lost its season opener to Trinity, 12-9, at Ranger Field in Madison. Despite getting two goals and two assists from Tom Stitt and a number of fine saves from debutant Michael Celentano, the Rangers couldnít hold off an experienced Trinity squad. Curtis Kahn led the Bantams with four goals and two assists.

The Rangers jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first corner as the emotion of a season opener clearly got them ready for the opening whistle. Dan Moffo opened the scoring and Rob Budziszewski followed shortly after. Cory Helly netted the first two goals of his collegiate career in quick succession to build the early advantage. Trinity got on the board through Curtis Kahn with 5:35 remaining in the period. Kahn would prove a thorn in the Rangersí side all game as he keyed the Bantam attack.

The Bantams scored seven of the next ten goals to tie the match at 7-7 going into the half. A Robert Slater goal with just four seconds left in the half equalized the score.

The Rangers started the second half slow, allowing four goals in the first ten minutes of the third period while scoring just once. Drew got one back after Tom Stitt forced a turnover and Gil Arbitsman scored an unassisted goal with a great shot from the left wing. Michael Celentano made two huge saves with under a minute to play in the half to keep the Rangers within two goals going into the final period.

Celentano made another stop early in the fourth period on a one-on-one attempt, but Trinity keeper Jakob Isbrandtsen returned the favor by keeping Tom Stitt out of the net twice at the other end. Celentano made another set of nice saves to keep Drew in the game as Trinity maintained possession for much of the period. The Bantams sealed the victory on a Patrick Gibbons goal with just under four minutes remaining in the match.

The Rangers get back in action on Tuesday when they face Connecticut College in San Diego on the spring trip.