Western New England vs. Roger Williams
May 1, 2013
The Game Story:

Golden Bears Clamp Down on Hawks to Advance to CCC Championship at Endicott
Sean Lawton led all scorers with five points and Brandon Body stopped 10 shots
by Wesley Popolizio, Athletic Communications Volunteer Assistant
Bookmark and Share
5/1/2013 9:23:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Junior Sean Lawton led all scorers with five points on three goals and two assists, sophomore Brandon Body registered 10 saves and the Western New England University defense gave up a season-low three goals as the Golden Bears cruised to a 17-3 victory Wednesday over Roger Williams University in the semifinals of the 2013 Commonwealth Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship at Golden Bear Stadium.

Western New England, the No. 2 seed in the CCC tournament, improves to 10-6 on the season and will play top-seeded Endicott (a 15-6 winner over University of New England in tonight's other conference semifinal) on the road in Saturday's title game. The third-seeded Hawks drop to 9-7.

Junior midfielder/attackman and 2013 CCC Offensive Player of the Year Adam Knapton (four goals) scored the first two goals of the contest as WNE never looked back. After the first quarter, the Golden Bears led 6-0. At the half, the home team had built an 11-2 advantage with seven different goal scorers. Roger Williams was shut out until the 4:03 mark of the second quarter, when midfielder Sean Lannon finally ended the Hawks' scoring drought.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second half. Western New England added four more goals in the third quarter and two in the fourth, all by different players. Overall, 11 different Golden Bears netted a goal in the blowout victory.

Western New England was able to take advantage of extra-man opportunities in this game, scoring on two of three chances. Roger Williams was 0-2 in the same situation.

The Golden Bears utilized an extremely balanced attack, with seven players having multi-point games. In addition to Knapton and Lawton, attackers Jon Bota (1 G, 2 A), Owen Caruso (1 G, 2 A), and Ryan Marcus (1 G, 1 A), as well as midfielder George Knapp (1 G, 1 A) all had strong contributions. Defenseman Trevor Scott made his presence felt on the offensive end as well, scoring his third and fourth goals of the season.

Roger Williams had trouble all game long penetrating the WNE defense. Only Lannon and midfielders Dan Arket and John Ricciardi were able to find the back of the net against a stingy defense that held RWU scoreless for the opening 25:57. Hawks midfielder Alan Williams had game highs in both ground balls (10) and face-offs won (13).

Western New England will get a chance to not only avenge its 13-12 home loss to the Gulls last Wednesday, but also to earn its second consecutive CCC crown on Saturday.