Trinity (ct) vs. Roger Williams
March 21, 2012
The Game Story:
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.
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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.
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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.