Western Connecticut vs. Southern Maine
April 10, 2004
The Game Story:
DANBURY, Conn. -- The Western Connecticut State University Colonials men's lacrosse team dropped a thriller, 9-8, to the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday afternoon in a Little East Conference game at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Juniors Mark St. John (Cape Elizabeth, ME) and Matt Butler (Barnstable, MA) each scored three goals and added an assist in the Huskies' win.

Justin Monroe (Norwalk, CT) led Western with four goals. Monroe has a team-high 18 goals on the season. Frank Candullo (Vista, NY) added two goals for Western in the loss. Edwin Croft (Naugatuck, CT) also chipped in a goal for the Colonials.

Monroe gave the Colonials a quick lead, 1-0, connecting at the 11:38 mark in the first quarter. One minute later, Candullo found the net, giving Western a 2-0 lead.

Southern Maine would answer the Western goals with three goals of their own to close out the quarter up one, 3-2. Croft's connected for Western as the second stanza wound down, knotting the game at, 5-5, heading into intermission.

Western's Monroe and Southern Maine's Butler exchanged goals in the third, tying the game, 6-6, heading into the final 15 minutes of the game. There were five ties in the game.

Saint John scored the first two goals of the final period, giving the Huskies an 8-6 lead. Monroe scored his final goal of the game with 2:54 left in the game. The goal tied the game at 8-8 with fewer than three minutes to play.

USM junior Ben Sylvia (Bristol, ME) snuck one passed Western goalie Peter Davidson (Bronx, NY) with just over two minutes left in the game to give Southern Maine the 9-8 lead. Western was able to get control of the ball with 10 seconds left, yet was unable to get a shot off.

The Colonials fall to 3-5, 0-3 in the conference, in their inaugural season. Southern Maine improves to 4-4 and captured its first conference win (1-2).

Western will face first place Keene State this Thursday at the Westside Athletic Complex. Game time is set for 4 p.m. Southern Maine hosts Colby College on Thursday.