|SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Under heavy rain for portions of the game, host Western New England University used a seven-goal run at the end of the first half and for the start of the second to pull away from Eastern Connecticut State University in a 16-10 win during the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship at Golden Bear Stadium on Wednesday.|
The Golden Bears improve to 12-6 on the season and will now face Nazareth College (15-4), which was a 25-4 winner at home versus Castleton State College, in the second round on Saturday. The Warriors, meanwhile, end their season at 10-8.
Junior Sean Lawton led the WNE offense with three goals and sophomore George Knapp came off the bench to match Lawton with a hat trick. Sophomore Jon Bota added two goals and an assist.
Eastern Connecticut was led by Tyler Fresen with a game high five points on three goals and two assists, while Mike Devine posted three goals among four points.