Nichols vs. Daniel Webster
April 9, 2009
The Game Story:
DUDLEY, Mass. – Led by five goals from senior attacker Pete Cramer (Hanover, Mass.) and sophomore attacker Brian Donnelly (Weymouth, Mass.), the Nichols College men’s lacrosse team snapped a five-game losing streak with a 22-5 home victory over Daniel Webster College at Vendetti Field Thursday evening. The Bison improve to 3-5 on the season after the non-conference win, while the Eagles are still searching for their first win on the season at 0-5.

Donnelly added three assists for an eight-point night, and the Bison also received six points on three goals and three assists from sophomore attacker Brian Gattie (Plainfield, N.H.). Sophomore attacker Ryan Pacific (Danbury, Conn.) recorded four points on a pair of goals and two assists. First-year attacker Devan Maher (Leominster, Mass.) recorded three goals to go with an assist, and sophomore Bradley O’Brien (Danbury, Conn.) added a pair of tallies and a helper.

For the Eagles, senior attacker Brian Abrahamson led the way with a pair of tallies, while sophomore midfielder Mike Jordan and freshman midfielder Noah Smith each added a goal and an assist. Senior attacker Ryan Manning added a goal.

Nichols tallied first as Pacific scored just 47 seconds into the game, but back-to-back Eagles goals from Manning and Abrahamson put Daniel Webster ahead, 2-1, with 11:06 left in the opening frame.

Three-straight Bison tallies gave the home team back the lead for good before Jordan notched another for the Eagles. Gattie capped the first quarter’s scoring with 37 ticks left on the clock for a 5-3 Nichols lead.

Gattie opened the scoring in the second quarter before Smith netted a man-up goal with 10:21 on the clock. Nichols then hit 16-straight goals, including a pair of man-up scores, well into the fourth quarter. The Bison closed the second with five and hit a season high-tying nine in the third.

Abrahmson capped the scoring with his second of the night with 2:32 remaining in the game.

Nichols starting goalkeeper Scott Gray (Annapolis, Md.) made three saves in the opening frame before giving way to Austin Healy (Westford, Mass.), who stopped three in the third quarter. Shahar Shatzberger (Peabody, Mass.) made three saves and allowed a goal in the final quarter. Tom Driscoll took the loss for the Eagles, making 28 saves including 10 in the second quarter.

Nichols returns to action on Saturday at Endicott in a noon The Commonwealth Coast Conference game. Daniel Webster hosts Becker Saturday at 11:00 a.m.