Salve Regina vs. Wentworth Tech
April 1, 2009
The Game Story:
NEWPORT, R.I. - Sophomore and reigning The Commonwealth Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week Brendan Rooney (West Newton, Mass.) scored three goals and dished out four assists to lead the Salve Regina University men's lacrosse team to a 12-3 win over Wentworth Institute of Technology in conference action Wednesday afternoon at Reynolds Field.

Freshman Brendan Carroll (Garden City, N.Y.) added four goals and a helper for the Seahawks (8-1, 3-0 TCCC), who ran their win streak to seven games, in part by holding the Leopards scoreless for the first 38:39 of the contest. The win also matches the Seahawks' total from all of 2008.

"I thought we played well today after two good days of practice," said Seahawks head coach Patrick Cooney. "Our early offense is progressing well and our defense is playing better one versus one defense."

The Seahawks led 2-0 after one quarter and 5-0 at halftime behind two goals from Carroll and one goal each from Rooney, senior Brian Whelan (East Setauket, N.Y.) and reigning TCCC Rookie of the Week Chris Walker (Marshfield, Mass.). Rooney's third goal of the afternoon at 13:38 of the third quarter stretched the lead to 6-0 before Wentworth sophomore Matt Cox (Granger, Ind.) connected on his fourth goal of the season at 6:21 to break senior goalie Brian Walker's (Marshfield, Mass.) shutout bid.

Less than two minutes later, Rooney capped a great rush by junior Nolan McGarrity (Verona, N.J.) with his 28th goal of the season. Senior Stephen Holland (Hopkinton, Mass.) potted his second of the season with 54 seconds left in the third for WIT, but Rooney's long pass to Carroll with four ticks remaining in the third resulted in his 20th of the season and the eighth Seahawk goal of the afternoon. Salve Regina tacked on four more goals in the fourth, including the first of the season for junior Nathaniel Burns (Sandwich, Mass.), to seal the win.

Walker finished the afternoon with 14 saves, lowering his goals against average (GAA) on the season to 6.87. Junior Sean Tobin (Silver Spring, Md.) started for the Leopards (3-2, 1-1 TCCC) and made seven saves. The Seahawks outshot the Leopards 36-32 and collected 47 ground balls, compared to 40 for the visitors.

The Seahawks return to action on Saturday when they host the University of New England at 1 p.m.