Men's Lacrosse fall in first two games
New England College men’s lacrosse opened their season on the road last week in Clearwater, Fla. Where they faced off against Sewanee College of the South on Wednesday and battled Swarthmore College Saturday afternoon.
In NEC’s season opener the Pilgrims would trail to Sewanee through the most of the first half of play before grabbing their first lead of the game at 6-5 with 11:34 remaining in the third period. The two teams would exchange goals throughout the third and fourth period but it would be the Pilgrims who would grab the 10-9 lead with just 57 seconds remaining in regulation. Sewanee would answer as they would convert on a late man-up opportunity tying the game at 10-10 with just five seconds on the clock. Sewanee would score the game-winner just 42 seconds into the first overtime as they would go on to capture the 11-10 victory.
Leading the way for NEC was Dillion Lantz (Woodstock, Vt.) who finished with three goals and an assist. NEC’s Ryan Von Uffel (Cold spring Harbor, N.Y.) netted two goals, while Cory Love (Rochester, N.Y.) and Kyle Burke (Winnetka, Ill.) would each score a goal and pick up an assist. In net for the Pilgrims was Nick Aquaviva (Syracuse, N.Y) who finished with 26 saves.
The Pilgrim offense would struggle in game two of spring training as the Pilgrims would fall to Swarthmore College 13-4 on Saturday afternoon in Sanford, Fla.
Swarthmore would outscore NEC in each of the four periods including a four goal second and a five goal third on their way to the 13-4 victory. Four different Pilgrims would score for NEC including Cory Love, Matt Vozzolo, Damian Carey and Dave Gardiner. Picking up assists in the afternoon was Clint McDonough and Kyle Burke who each had one assist. In goal for NEC was Nick Aquaviva who finished with 12 saves.
The Pilgrims are scheduled to return to action on Thursday, Mar. 20 when they travel to take on in-state opponent Daniel Webster College at 3:00 p.m.