SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The three higher seeds in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Men's Lacrosse Quarterfinals all picked up victories on Saturday (April 27) to advance to the CCC Semifinal round on Tuesday, April 30.
No. 2 seed Endicott picked up a 20-4 win over No. 7 seed Wentworth, while No. 3 seed Roger Williams and No. 4 seed Curry both had one-goal margins in their quarterfinal matchups. The Hawks defeated No. 6 seed Salve Regina, 9-8, and the Colonels earned a 14-13 win over No. 5 seed Nichols.
In Tuesday's semifinals Curry will travel to top-seeded Western New England, which had a first-round bye, while the Gulls host the Hawks in the other semifinal. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
The two semifinal winners earn a trip to the CCC Men's Lacrosse Championship which takes place on Friday, May 3. The winner will be named the CCC Tournament Champion will receive the conference's automatic qualifier into the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.
#2 Endicott 20, #7 Wentworth 4
BEVERLY, Mass. – The second-seeded Endicott men's lacrosse team defeated seventh-seeded Wentworth, 20-4, in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament quarterfinal round on Saturday evening at Hempstead Stadium.
The Gulls' first offensive possession of the matchup foreshadowed the rest of the game as Jack Sutherland (Sudbury, Mass.) scored eight seconds into the action via a faceoff win and an assist by Derek Yannone (Lynnfield, Mass.).
After Wentworth tied up the score at the 11:58 mark, Endicott produced a 9-0 run to close out the first half and never looked back thanks in large part to seizing momentum early on in the contest.
Sutherland highlighted the Gulls' offense, which featured 13 total goal scorers, with a career-high five goals.
Mike Sudora (Monroe, Conn.), John Koebel (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.), and Sam Abate (Beverly, Mass.) all finished with three points apiece (2g, 1a | 3a | 1g, 2a), while Reed Rezanka (San Diego, Calif.) scored his first collegiate goal to highlight the rest of Endicott's attack.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott improved to 23-3 all-time against Wentworth.
- Defensively, Andrew Fithian (Marshfield, Mass.) and Grant Garrity (Duxbury, Mass.) tied for the game-high in caused turnovers with three each.
- More importantly, Fithian, Garrity, and the rest of the defense held Wentworth's top-two goal scorers to just one goal on 12 shots. Both of the Leopards' top-two point-getters came in with 60-plus points, respectively.
- Patrick Dean (Westhampton, N.Y.) also played a pivotal role on defense today as the senior goalie came up with nine saves and only allowed two goals in 45 minutes of action.
- The Gulls moved their home record to 6-2 on the season with today's win.
Game recap courtesy of the Endicott Sports Information Department.
#3 Roger Williams 9, #6 Salve Regina 8
BRISTOL, R.I. - The third-seeded Roger Williams men's lacrosse team advanced to the Commonwealth Coast Conference Semifinals with a 9-8 win over sixth-seeded Salve Regina Saturday morning in the CCC Quarterfinals.
A man-up goal by Chris Bova (Ridgefield, Conn.) four minutes in gave RWU the lead, followed by another Bova goal a minute later. Ryan Phillips (Hanover, Mass.) added another tally with just over seven minutes left in the first quarter to put RWU up 3-0. The Hawks appeared to be headed to the second quarter with a three-goal lead, but Ethan Robson (Lincoln, R.I.) used a man-up goal to pull Salve within two.
Robson would begin the second quarter with another goal to make it 2-3, but Tim Mullane (Hanover, Mass.) answered at the 10:54 mark to make it 4-2. A Rich Gneiding (Oradell, N.J.) goal brought the Seahawks back within one a minute later. RWU's one-goal lead lasted most of the remainder of the quarter until the final minute. Shawn Errasti (Duxbury, Mass.) forced a turnover and made his way down the field and put in a shot for his first career goal and a 5-3 halftime lead.
Salve Regina came out of the break hot, with goals by Brendan Kelly (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Pat Leary (Wakefield, Mass.) in the first four minutes to tie the game at five. Later with the game knotted at six, the Hawks put in Harrison Levesque (Killingworth, Conn.) at faceoff which paid immediate dividends. He won his first two draws leading to a pair of RWU goals by Jared Grier (Duxbury, Mass.) and Pat Barboza (Stamford, Conn.) in less than a minute. RWU would take its 8-6 lead into the final quarter.
Salve continued to keep pace with RWU, with Robson scoring two minutes into the period and Gneiding tying the game at eight with 9:17 left. Yet Levesque would win the ensuing faceoff, leading to a Bova goal that would ultimately be the game-winner.
The Hawks had a chance to add an insurance goal with about four minutes left. RWU held possession for a two-minute stretch that saw the team put up five shots. Salve's Ryan Chambers (Wakefield, Mass.) made stops on three of those shots with timely goalkeeping to keep the deficit at only one.
With 1:40 left in the game, a Salve turnover gave the Hawks the ball with a chance to run out a majority of the clock, then a pair of Salve penalties gave RWU a two-man advantage. The Hawks were almost able cruise to the win, but an overthrown pass gave Salve one last possession with 15 seconds left. However, the Seahawks were unable to get a shot off as they threw the ball away in front of the net with four seconds left, allowing RWU to escape with the win.
Bova finished with three goals while Mullane added two goals and an assist. Errasti finished with a goal, nine ground balls and three caused turnovers. Weston Nolan (Falmouth, Maine) made 10 saves in the win.
Robson (3 G), Gneiding (2 G, 1 A), and Joe Grimm (Williston Park, N.Y.) [1 G, 2 A] all finished with three points each. Mike Mongelli (Roslyn, N.Y.) added five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Chambers had 14 saves in the loss.
Game recap courtesy of the Roger Williams Sports Information Department.
#4 Curry 14, #5 Nichols 13
MILTON, Mass. – The Curry men's lacrosse team edged number five-seeded Nichols by a final of 14-13 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Tournament Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. The Colonels improve to 9-8 on the year while the Bison end the season at 10-7.
Curry opened the contest with two straight goals, one apiece from seniors Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.) and Devin Newell (Medford, Mass.) to grab a 2-0 lead with 8:13 left in the opening quarter. Nichols got on the board with a marker from junior Hugh O'Donnell (Charlestown, Mass.). Senior Zach White (Milford, Conn.) answered back quickly with a goal just 19 seconds later to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Colonels. The Bison erased the deficit with a 3-0 run on goals by freshman Hunter Ferreira (Mansfield, Mass.), junior Cole Fontana (Grafton, Mass.), and senior Casey Campanale (Shrewsbury, Mass.) to grab a 4-3 advantage. The Colonels knotted the game at four with under a minute to go in the stanza on a marker by sophomore Matthew Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) coming off a pass from junior Andrew DeLeary (Wakefield, Mass.).
The second quarter featured four goals, two from each side. With 10:27 left in the frame, senior Brett Shiffer (Milford, N.H.) broke the tie with a marker. The assist on the goal was awarded to Campanale. Curry came back with back-to-back tallies from Scahill and DeLeary while sophomore Brendan Coates (Grafton, Mass.) deadlocked the game at six with a goal with 7:01 left in the half. The game would head into halftime with the same 6-6 score.
The Colonels broke the tie with two straight scores to start the third by junior Jake Stebbins (Colchester, Vt.) and Ton on a man-up advantage to make the score 8-6. Coates trimmed the deficit to one with a tally with 4:34 to go in the quarter. Curry used another 3-0 run on two goals by Ton and the other from Newell to push the lead to 11-7. The Bison closed the gap with a 3-1 run over the final 3:27. Senior Jack Campanale (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Shiffer scored to trim the deficit to two, 11-9, with just over a minute to go. The squads then traded goals in the final 1:12. Senior MJ Urbano (Wakefield, Mass.) deposited a shot off a helper from Newell while Fontana scored with two seconds left to make the score 12-10 at the end of three.
Curry went on to start the final quarter with two goals, one apiece from Newell and DeLeary to extend the lead to 14-10. The Bison then closed out the contest on 3-0 run on goals by Casey Campanale, Ferreira, and Shiffer to make the score 14-13, the eventual final.
DeLeary (2 G, 2 A), Ton (4 G), and Newell (3 G, 1 A) all finished with four points apiece. Scahill was the final Colonel with multiple points as he registered two goals on the afternoon.
Casey Campanale led the Nichols with five points on two goals and three helpers. Fontana finished with gout points on two goals and two assists. Shiffer also put in a solid game, tallying a hat trick.
Freshman goalie Bobby Cannan (Bernardsville, N.J.) made 15 saves in 60 minutes in between the pipes to pick up the win for Curry. Senior Brian McKinley (Nashua, N.H.) collected 14 saves in 60 minutes of action for Nichols.
Game recap courtesy of the Curry Sports Information Department.
(Games hosted by the higher seed)
Quarterfinals – Saturday, April 27
Semifinals – Tuesday, April 30
#4 Curry at #1 Western New England, 4 p.m.
#3 Roger Williams at #2 Endicott, 4 p.m.
Finals – Friday, May 3
Semifinal Winners, TBD
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of nine full member and one associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference administers championships in 18 intercollegiate sports.