Western New England vs. Salve Regina
April 30, 2009
The Game Story:
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Western New England College is heading back to the championship game of The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Men's Lacrosse Tournament.

Senior Brody Savoie (Wilbraham, Mass.) led a balanced scoring attack with three goals and an assist as the top-seeded Golden Bears defeated upstart fifth-seed Salve Regina 18-6 in a semifinal round contest Thursday afternoon (April 30).

Freshmen Tajh Russell (Agawam, Mass.) and Patrick White (Milton, Mass.) also scored three goals for the Golden Bears, who improved their record to
15-2 with their ninth-consecutive victory.

WNEC defeated Salve Regina 17-5 during their regular season, but the Seahawks got off to a fast start today when senior Ryan Doherty (Newton,
Mass.) scored on the first shot just 39 seconds into the contest.

Junior Tim Santye (Skillman, N.J.) tied the game at the 8:56 mark before Salve Regina took its final lead when senior Brian Whelan (East Setauket, N.Y.) tallied a goal (with an assist from Doherty) just 40 seconds later.

Western New England College scored the last four goals of the period for a 5-2 advantage.

The game was still close at 7-3 in the second period when the Golden Bears ran off five unanswered goals in the final 3:29 to take a 12-3 lead at the break.

Senior Scott Kukis (Sudbury, Mass.) had a four-point game for the hosts with two goals and two assists. Freshman Nick Jez (Somers, Conn.) contributed two assists. Santye also chipped in with an assist

Freshman goalie Brewster Knowlton (Somers, Conn.) had eight saves in three quarters for the Golden Bears while sophomore Ben Barlow (Newport, R.I.) had six stops in the final period without allowing a goal.

Senior Brian Walker (Marshfield, Mass.) made some nice stops for the Seahawks finishing with 19 saves. His younger brother, freshman Chris Walker (Marshfield, Mass.) netted two goals in the third period. Doherty also had an assist.

Western New England College, ranked 12th nationally, will host No. 16 Endicott in the title game at 3:00 p.m. Saturday (May 2) in a rematch of last year's title game (won by WNEC 12-10). The second-seeded Gulls advanced to the finals with a 14-10 victory over third-seeded Roger Williams.

Salve Regina (10-6) could have more games when the ECAC Division III New England Championship pairings are announced on Monday (May 3).