Comeback bid falls short and Colonials edged out by Bantams, 9-8

Box Score

HARTFORD, CT (Apr. 3) - The Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team's comeback bid fell short and the Colonials were edged by Trinity College, 9-8 in the state's capital city on Tuesday afternoon.

Western 5-4, twice fell behind by four goals, the final time with 12:50 remaining in the final quarter. Trailing, 9-5 following an unassisted goal by the Bantams' Chris Sweitzer, the Colonials ran off the game's final three goals.

Ryan Gillis (Norwich, CT) scored a man-up goal with 5:03 remaining in the fourth quarter then 48 seconds later, senior attack Jason Szabo (Apharetta, GA), off an assist from Ross Manweiler (New Milford, CT) cut the visitor's deficit to two goals.

Freshman attack Nick Foley (Walpole, MA) scored his fourth goal of the season and brought Western to within one goal with 2:52 remaining in regulation.

Gillis had a game-high three goals while Szabo and Foley each followed with a pair of goals for the Colonials in the loss.

Trinity was led by Jeff Hebert and Nick Shaheen who scored two goals apiece.

The Colonials forced a pair of Trinity turnovers down the stretch, but could not capitalize on the miscues.

Senior net minder Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT) and Trinity's Peter Johnson each made eight saves on the afternoon.

The Colonials travel to UMass Boston on Saturday, April 7 for a 1 pm meeting with the Beacons.

Lacrosse Game Summary (Final)

Western Connecticut (5-4) vs. Trinity(Conn.) (6-2)
Date: Apr 03, 2012 Location: Hartford, Conn. Stadium: Jessee/Miller Field
Attendance:150 Start time:4 pm End time:6:10 pm Total time:2:10

SCORE BY PERIOD..... 1 2 3 4 Tot
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Western Connecticut. 1 1 3 3 - 8
Trinity(Conn.)...... 5 0 3 1 - 9

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Ryan Gillis 3; Jason Szabo 2; Nick Foley 2; Mike Schoen 1.
ASSISTS: Ryan Foster 1; Ryan Gillis 1; Ross Manweiler 1.

Trinity(Conn.) SCORING: GOALS: Jeff Hebert 2; Nick Shaheen 2; James O'Connell 1; Matt Cohen 1; Rob Nogueras 1; Chris Sweitzer 1; Jack Castelli 1.
ASSISTS: Matthew Hauck 1; Jeff Hebert 1; Steve Manning 1; James O'Connell 1.

Western Connecticut GROUND BALLS: Eric Small 7; Andrew Bascom 3; Mike Beckwith 3; Stephen Brumber 3; Ryan Gillis 3; John Helwig 3; Brandon Marszalek 3; Tyler Martone 3; Tom Dellamarggio 2; Mike Schoen 2; Ryan
Foster 1; Ross Manweiler 1.

Trinity(Conn.) GROUND BALLS: Dominic Piselli 5; Alex Gottsch 4; Chris Novick 4; Charles Finnegan 3; Drew Grombala 3; William Naughton 3; Will Benjamin 2; Nick Branholm 2; Oliver Norton 2; Matthew Hauck 1; Peter Johnson 1; Terence Olsen 1; Brendan Polakoff 1.

SHOTS - Western Connecticut 32; Trinity(Conn.) 28.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Western Connecticut 16; Trinity(Conn.) 17.

Penalties - Western Connecticut 3/3:00; Trinity(Conn.) 2/2:00.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Western Connecticut 2-2; Trinity(Conn.) 1-3.

TURNOVERS - Western Connecticut 32; Trinity(Conn.) 29.

FACEOFFS - Western Connecticut 16-21; Trinity(Conn.) 5-21.

CLEARS - Western Connecticut 16-21; Trinity(Conn.) 16-20.

GOALIES - WCSUML: Tyler Martone 5-4 (60:00 minutes, 17 shots-8 saves, 9 GA); TCML2012: Peter Johnson 6-2 (60:00, 16-8, 8) , TEAM (00:00,
1-1, 0).

Start time: 4 pm Finish time: 6:10 pm Length of game: 2:10

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