Wentworth Tech vs. Nichols
March 28, 2009
The Game Story:
BOSTON, Mass. – Senior midfielder Chris Wesche (Holden, Mass.) scored four goals, senior midfielder Thomas Zygmant (Southport, Conn.) scored twice and assisted on two others, and junior attackman Chris Guilherme (Derry, N.H.) had a goal and four assists to help lead the Wentworth lacrosse team to its third straight win, a 10-7 victory over Nichols in The Commonwealth Coast Conference action.

The host Leopards jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a span of 2:56 as Wesche scored twice and sophomore attackman Matt Cox (Granger, Ind.) added one. The Bison would round out the scoring with a goal from senior attackman Peter Cramer (Hanover, Mass.) with 2:01 left in the opening quarter.

With 7:55 left in the half, Wesche scored from Cox, which was followed up by Zygmant’s first two markers of the season to extend the lead to 6-1. The Leopards took a 7-1 lead at the half when freshman midfielder Justin Connors (Richboro, Pa.) scored his first career goal, from Guilherme, with 24 seconds left in the half.

Senior Stephen Holland (Hopkinton, Mass.) scored with 12:00 left in the third to give Wentworth an 8-1 lead. However, Nichols came back, scoring three goals in just 40 seconds time as sophomore attackman Ryan Pacific (Danbury, Conn.), sophomore midfielder Garrett Hill (Braintree, Mass.), and sophomore attackman Brian Gattie (Plainfield, N.H.) pulled the Bison within 8-4. Wesche would score from Cox with 4:46 left to make it a 9-4 game after three.

The Bison closed the gap to 9-6 by scoring two goals in 61 seconds when Pacific fed sophomore midfielder Timothy Ahern (Boca Raton, Fla.) with 12:30 remaining and Gattie fed Pacific with 11:29 left. Guilherme tallied an unassisted marker with 10:19 left before Hill rounded out the scoring with a goal from Pacific with 10:08 left.

Guilherme, sophomore midfielder Bill Ainslie (Hanover, Mass.,) and junior Joe Harding (Dedham, Mass.) each picked up six ground balls, while Wesche won 7 of 13 face-offs. Pacific led the Bison offense, as he tallied twice and had four assists for a six-point day, while Ahern picked up nine ground balls. Junior midfielder Jeff Powers was effective at the face-off X, winning 11 of 19 draws.

Junior Sean Tobin (Silver Spring, Md.) made 10 saves, while Nichols freshman Scott Gray (Severn, Md.) turned aside 21 shots. The Leopards held a 51-27 shot advantage and won the ground ball battle, 52-41.

Wentworth, winners of three straight, improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in TCCC. The Leopards are at Salve Regina on Wednesday. Nichols dropped its third straight to fall to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in league play and are at Western Connecticut Monday night.