Roger Williams vs. New England College
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
BRISTOL, R.I.- The Roger Williams University men’s lacrosse team won a defensive battle against New England College Saturday in North Dartmouth, defeating The Commonwealth Coast Conference rival, 6-5.

The Pilgrims started the game hot, scoring twice within the first five minutes to force a quick time-out by RWU head coach Marty Kelly to re-focus the troops. After nearly six minutes of no scoring, New England College sophomore Damian Carey (Medford, N.Y.) tallied his second goal of the game to give his team a three-goal lead.

RWU took advantage of an NEC slashing penalty late in the quarter, as RWU freshman Drew Smith (Blue Point, N.Y.) scored while playing with a man up. Smith registered his second of the game at 13:14 of the second quarter, followed shortly by teammate Slade Patterson (Needham, Mass.) at 11:12 to move the game into a 3-3 tie.

The Hawks earned its first lead of the game when junior Sean Benner (Narberth, Pa.) found the back of the net with 5:49 remaining in the half, but the lead was short-lived, as Pilgrims sophomore Matt Vozzolo (Somers, Conn.) tied the game at four, just 2:29 later.

Not to be outdone, Benner scored his second goal of the half with just 53 seconds remaining to give RWU the slim 5-4 lead.

The second half saw just two goals scored. While playing with a man advantage, RWU’s Joe Paratore (Deer Park, N.Y.) scored 2:24 into the second half to give RWU a two-goal lead. NEC garnered just five shots in the remainder of the period and remained scoreless until the fourth quarter with 12:19 remaining. Despite nine shots in the final stanza, the Pilgrims could not tie the game.

The Hawks improve to 4-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference. The Pilgrims fall to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the TCCC. Each goalkeeper – RWU’s Bobby Hensley (Simsbury, Conn.) and NEC’s Nick Acquaviva (Syracuse, N.Y.) – recorded 10 saves in the game.

RWU moves on to face Wheaton College on the road Wednesday, while New England College next faces Mt. Ida on Monday.