Nichols vs. New England College
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
DUDLEY, Mass. Ė The New England College menís lacrosse team scored three fourth-quarter goals for an 8-7 The Commonwealth Coast Conference victory over Nichols at Vendetti Field Wednesday evening. The Pilgrims improve to 4-3 overall and draw even at 2-2 in conference action, while Nichols dips to 2-5 and 0-3 in league games.

Nichols leading scorer Brian Donnelly (Weymouth, Mass.) scored six of the Bisonís goals, while Brian Gattie (Plainfield, N.H.) notched the other.

John Gabriel, Ryan Von Uffel and Phil DiFalco each tallied two for New England College, while Matt Carey picked up a goal and two assists.

Donnelly struck first for Nichols with 21 seconds left in the first quarter, giving the Bison the lead they would not relinquish until the fourth quarter. The teams traded goals off and on with Nichols carrying a 4-3 lead into halftime thanks to another Donnelly score with just 10 seconds before the buzzer.

The sophomore attacker hit his fourth of the night 31 ticks into the second half to give the Bison a two-goal cushion, but the Pilgrims responded with the next two, first from Matt Vozzolo at 11:22 then another from Von Uffell less than a minute later.

Nichols retook the lead, 6-5, on Donnellyís fifth of the night at the 3:54 mark, but three-straight Pilgrims scores in the fourth gave the visitors the final advantage, despite a late marker from Donnelly and an offensive surge from the Bison in the waning minutes.

Gabriel sparked the spree with his second of the night at 12:12 to knot the game at 6-6. DiFalco connected on a cross-crease pass from Carey at 10:22 to take a 7-6 lead, and then Von Uffel gave the Pilgrims a two-goal cushion with 8:43 to play.

Donnelly brought the Bison back within one with 4:38 remaining and Nichols then thwarted two of three clear attempts by the visitors, keeping the pressure in the Pilgrimsí end. The Bisonís shots were forced wide, however, and New England College outlasted the home team for the conference win.

First-year netminder Scott Gray (Annapolis, Md.) took the loss for the Bison, making 24 saves, including 10 in the second quarter, while Nick Acquaviva stopped 11 shots in the win.

New England College held a 48-34 advantage in groundballs, and won 13 of 19 faceoffs, led by 10 wins from Jacob Rice. Nichols was successful in 17 of 19 clear attempts, while New England College managed 15 good clears in 25 attempts.

Nichols is idle until an April 4th home game against Daniel Webster at 7 p.m. New England College hosts Daniel Webster Friday at 3 p.m.