|Hartford, Conn. – Junior attackman Rob Nogueras (Parkland, Fla.) had two goals and one assist to lead the Trinity College Bantams to a 7-3 victory over the visiting Roger Williams University Hawks in men’s lacrosse action this afternoon on Jessee/Miller Field. Trinity, ranked No. 10 in New England, improves to 2-2 with its second win in a row, while the Hawks fall to 2-3 with their third consecutive setback.|
Trinity broke open a 2-2 game with two goals late in the first quarter and the lone tally of the second frame. Sophomore midfielder Nick Branholm (Jacksonville, Fla.) one-timed in a pass from the right wing by junior attacker Jeff Hebert (Cornwall, Ontario) to give Trinity a 3-2 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter, and Nogueras scored unassisted goals with 1:26 remaining in the first and with 10:21 left before the break. Roger Williams sophomore attackman Jon Nessa (Concord, Mass.) broke a 25:43 scoring drought for the Hawks with a behind-the-head shot past Trinity senior captain goalie Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) early in the third quarter, but the Bantam defense held Roger Williams scoreless the rest of the way.
Trinity nearly doubled the Hawks’ shot output with a 39-to-20- edge and held a 28-to-19 advantage on ground balls and a 10-to-3 edge on face-offs. The teams combined for 54 turnovers and were both scoreless on five extra-man opportunities apiece. Branholm scored twice, while Johnson finished with seven saves, and junior middie Drew Grombala (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up a game-high four ground balls for the Bantams. Trinity senior captain defenseman Alex Gottsch (Sparks, Md.) had three ground balls and five caused turnovers, while junior face-off man T.J. Cholnoky (Greenwich, Conn.) won six of his seven opportunities. Nessa recorded a hat trick to account for all the Hawk scoring, while freshman goalie Luke Aubrey (Norwalk, Conn.) made 12 saves, and rookie defenseman Mark Fesenmeyer (Norwalk, Conn.) caused four turnovers.