Western New England vs. Endicott
May 2, 2009
The Game Story:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Senior Brody Savoie (Wilbraham, MA) had a six-point outing with five goals and an assist to lead No. 12 Western New England College to a 12-7 victory over No. 16 Endicott in the championship game of The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Men's Lacrosse Tournament Saturday (May 2).

This was the second straight TCCC title for the Golden Bears who defeated the Gulls 12-10 last year. WNEC also captured the Pilgrim League crown in its final appearance in 2007.

Western New England College ran its winning streak to 10 games and earned an automatic invitation to the NCAA Division III Championship.

This was another hard-hitting, exciting contest between two top programs.

Savoie gave the hosts a 1-0 lead at 11:48 of the opening period before junior Brad Lipkvich (Madison, CT) put Endicott on the board at the 5:44 mark.

Freshman Patrick White (Milton, MA) gave WNEC the lead it would never relinquished just seven seconds later.

Western New England College went on to take a 5-2 advantage after the first period maintained a three-goal edge (6-3) at the break. Savoie and sophomore Marty O’Brien (West Springfield, MA) netted goals in an 18-span for a 9-4 lead with 6:21 remaining in the third stanza.

Endicott rallied using another goal by Lipkvich later in the period and a score by sophomore Chris Cotter (Fairfield, CT) with 10:55 left in the game to get within striking distance at 9-6.

Western New England College broke the game open with three straight goals and Savoie fired home his final goal for a 12-6 margin with 4:35 left in the game.

Junior Tim Santye (Skillman, NJ) contributed two goals and two assists for the Golden Bears while White finished with a pair of goals and an assist. Junior Bill Greider (South Windsor, CT) won 11-of-19 face-offs and picked-up a game high seven ground balls.

Freshman goalie Brewster Knowlton (Somers, CT) had a solid performance with 15 saves.

“This was a great victory for our seniors,” said Western New England College coach John Klepacki. “To win three straight league championships is quite an accomplishment and they have done a nice job incorporating the younger guys into the program.

“They keys today were our team defense and athleticism, which caused a lot of pressure, and Brewster played a great game. Our senior leadership at attack with Savoie and Scott Kukis was a key factor in ball control,” Klepacki noted.

Senior Eddie O’Reilly (Beverly, MA) had a goal and assist for Endicott while senior Nick Cosco (Londonderry, NH) chipped-in with three assists. Senior goalie Eric Hagarty (Sudbury, MA) finished with 16 saves.

The Gulls fall to 15-4 and now await work for a possible post-season invitation.