SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Endicott men's
lacrosse team dropped its final regular season game to host Western
New England, 10-9, in a match up of previously unbeaten The
Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) teams.
This also was the final game of the regular season for both Western
New England and Endicott, which enter the TCCC Tournament as the
No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively.
Junior midfielder Patrick White (Milton, Mass.) scored three goals
with an assist while freshman midfielder Sean Lawton (Abington,
Mass.) also netted three goals, including what proved to be the
game-winner with 6:33 left in the fourth period.
It was a tight game all the way with neither team leading by more
than three goals.
Endicott (12-4, 9-1 TCCC) took an early 2-0 advantage when junior
midfielder Brendan Eppley (Darien, Conn.) scored at 9:38 of the
opening quarter and junior midfielder Sam Ozycz (Cheshire, Conn.)
followed with another goal 13 seconds later. After each team
exchanged goals in a 70-second span, the Gulls went ahead 4-1 when
senior midfielder Kyle Jordan (Falmouth, Maine) fired in a shot at
the 4:25 mark.
The Golden Bears trailed by two when White tallied a man-up goal
with 1:01 left in the stanza.
White got Western New England (12-4, 10-0 TCCC) within a goal with
another score just 1:33 into the second period and Lawton tied the
game at 4-4 with a shot just 1:49 left before the break. The Golden
Bears' defense kept the Gulls off the board as junior goalie
Brewster Knowlton (Somers, Conn.) recorded five of his 13 saves in
Each team scored three goals in the third period in a terrific
display of all-out hustle.
Endicott went ahead 6-4 when senior attacker Jack Curtis
(Chelmsford, Mass.) scored with 4:24 left in the quarter. Western
New England netted three answered goals, taking a 7-6 lead when
Lawton scored on a man-situation with 35.3 seconds remaining. The
Gulls knotted the game for the third time when sophomore attacker
Brian Estes (Derry, N.H.) hit the back of the net with only 7.1
seconds on the clock.
That set the stage for a wild fourth quarter.
Sophomore attacker Connor McCormack (Norwalk, Conn.) put the
visitors ahead 8-7 with a goal 56 seconds in the period.
The Golden Bears again scored three straight times for a 10-8
advantage. Freshman midfielder Colton Craig (Gales Ferry, Conn.)
started the run with a man-up goal at 10:01 with an assist from
junior attacker Joe O'Keefe (Branford, Conn.).
Lawton then delivered his biggest goal of the season with 6:38
remaining and White added another big insurance goal five seconds
later following an assist from junior midfielder Joe Martin
(Springfield, Mass.) who won an important face-off.
Endicott didn't back down knocking the lead to one when McCormack
found the net with an assist from senior midfielder Chris Cotter
(Lordship, Conn.) with 51.7 seconds left. The Gulls won the ensuing
face-off, but Knowlton made a key save before Endicott re-gained
possession and called time-out with 18.8 seconds remaining. EC
couldn't get off a shot as time expired.
Santare finished with a goal and two assists in another solid
outing while junior attacker Andrew Mariani (East Brunswick, N.J.)
added a goal and assist. Sophomore defender Brian Leistikow (Fort
Collins, Colo.) picked-up a game-high eight ground balls.
For the Gulls, sophomore goalie Mike Klein (Darien, Conn.) made
seven saves with four coming in the opening quarter. Estes
contributed a goal and two assists with Cotter also scored a goal
for a two-point game. Junior midfielder Sam Ozycz (Cheshire, Conn.)
took 14-of-23 face-offs and had five ground balls along with senior
defender Robert Crossett (Katonah, N.Y.).
Endicott had a 38-29 advantage in shots while Western New England
had a slight edge in ground balls (30-26). The Golden Bears also
were 3-for-6 in man-up goals while the Gulls couldn't convert on