Western New England vs. Massachusetts Maritime
April 14, 2007
The Game Story:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Make it 10 in a row for the Western New England College men’s lacrosse team.

Sophomore Scott Kukis (Sudbury, MA) scored a game high four goals and junior Bryan Cofrin (Londonderry, NH) added three goals and five assists as the Golden Bears stayed unbeaten with a convincing 19-7 win over visiting Massachusetts Maritime Academy Saturday (April 14) during Senior Day.

Western New England College upped its record to 10-0 and 4-0 in the Pilgrim League. This is the first time in the program’s 26-year history that the team has started the season with 10 consecutive victories.

It’s been an eventful week for the Golden Bears who moved to fifth nationally on Monday and then captured their 200th all-time victory Wednesday night against Clark.

Senior All-American Adam Cherry (Westfield, MA) also enjoyed another record-breaking performance by contributing three goals and an assist to become the school’s career leader with 168 goals (breaking the old mark of 167 established by PJ Wicker from 1996-99).

Ten players scored goals for the hosts with junior Ben Reardon (Longmeadow, MA) notching a pair of goals along with two assists. Junior Jon Hayes (Waltham, MA) also hit the back of the net twice while senior Rob Ostrem (West Islip, NY) had a goal and two assists. Reardon also picked-up six ground balls while junior Travis Brown (Montpelier, VT) had five.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy took a 1-0 lead on a man-up goal by freshman Brian Burke (San Diego, CA) only 2:17 into the contest. The Golden Bears came back to take a 5-1 lead after the opening period before exploding for seven goals in the second stanza for a 12-2 advantage at intermission. WNEC outscored the visitors 6-1 in the third quarter for a commanding 18-3 lead.

Burke and sophomore Matt Murray (Weymouth, MA) each finished with two goals for the Buccaneers (3-5, 1-3 Pilgrim) while freshman Connor Burke (Del Mar, CA) dished out two assists.

Western New England College will host city rival and four-time defending Pilgrim League Tournament champion Springfield College at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday (April 18). The Pride (5-7) also is undefeated in the league with a 5-0 mark.

Scoring Summary
Massachusetts Maritime (3-5) 1 1 1 4 - 7
Western New England College (10-0) 5 7 6 1 - 19

Massachusetts Maritime Buccaneers
Goals – Brian Burke 2, Matt Murray 2, Sean Flanigan, Ed Klodarska, Brian Sears
Assists – Connor Burke 2
Saves – Chris Perry 9 (30 minutes, 12 goals), James Hitchings 2 (15 minutes, 6 goals), Alex Deveaux 4 (15 minutes, 1 goal)

Western New England College Golden Bears
Goals – Scott Kukis 4, Adam Cherry 3, Bryan Cofrin 3, Jon Hayes 2, Ben Reardon 2, Travis Brown, Mike Kelly, Rob Ostrem, Brian Praetorius, David Teichman
Assists – Bryan Cofrin 5, Ben Reardon 2, Rob Ostrem 2, Adam Cherry, Nick Coppola, Tim Santye, Zack Sondrini
Saves – Chris Body 5 (45 minutes, 3 goals), Rob Titus 5 (8 minutes, 14 seconds, 3 goals), Eric Lajoie 0 (6 minutes, 46 seconds, 1 goal)