Nichols vs. Western New England
April 21, 2009
The Game Story:
DUDLEY, Mass. – The twelfth-ranked Western New England College men’s lacrosse team stayed perfect in The Commonwealth Coast Conference action with a 19-6 victory over Nichols Tuesday evening in a rain-soaked game at Vendetti Field. The Golden Bears (11-2, 8-0 TCCC) received multiple-goal games from six players, led by a three-goal performance from senior captain Brody Savoie. The Bison (4-8, 1-6 TCCC) were led by five scores from sophomore Brian Donnelly (Weymouth, Mass.).

Joining Savoie with three-point nights for the Golden Bears were Scott Kukis and Chris Titi, who each had two goals and an assist, while Marty O’Brien, Dana Clancy and Mike Santare each chipped in with a pair of scores.

Nichols’ Tim Ahern (Boca Raton, Fla.) connected with Donnelly for three assists, while Garrett Hill (Braintree, Mass.) notched a goal. Ryan Pacific (Danbury, Conn.) also added an assist.

Kukis set the tone early for the Golden Bears, putting the visitors on the board just 15 seconds into the game, but after another WNEC tally, Donnelly struck to bring the score within one at 12:21.

The visitors closed the first quarter with four-straight, and tallied another to open the second frame for a 6-1 lead before Donnelly struck for his second of the night.

After William Bokanovich added another for WNEC, Nichols responded with a pair less than a minute apart, but the visitors closed out the half with three-straight for a 10-4 halftime lead.

Titi scored two of the Golden Bears four unanswered third-quarter goals, and then connected with Derek Mantey at the start of the final frame for a 15-4 advantage.

After Ahern found Donnelly for his fourth of the night at 10:54, WNEC tacked on four goals in a three-minute span, taking advantage of a pair of late penalties for two man-up goals in the spree.

Donnelly closed out the scoring at 2:47, this time off a Pacific feed.

Nichols starting goaltender Austin Healy (Westford, Mass.) took the loss allowing 10 goals on 13 shots before giving way to Scott Gray (Annapolis, Md.) for the second half. Gray allowed nine goals on 20 shots.

Golden Bears’ netminder Brewster Knowlton earned the win, turning aside seven shots while allowing five goals in the first 51 minutes before stepping aside for Brian Hanno, who allowed one goal on one shot in the final nine minutes.

Western New England finished 3-for-3 in man-up situations, and held a 60-23 shot advantage in the game. Faceoffs were in the visitors’ favor at 20 of 29, led by 10 of 14 wins by Joe Martin.

Nichols continues an action-filled week with a 4 p.m. TCCC game at Roger Williams Thursday. WNEC hosts Pilgrim Lacrosse League leader and cross-town rival Springfield College Friday in a 4 p.m. game.