Keene State College 15, Connecticut College 13
Corcoran Tallies Three Goals and Two Assists for Camels
KEENE, N.H. 4/10/12 -(Keene State Sports Information) Junior attackman Taylor Jette (Simsbury, Conn.) and the Keene State College men's lacrosse team picked the right time to have their best offensive game of the year, as the Owls defeated the Connecticut College Camels 15-13, in a roller coaster non-conference win on Tuesday night at Owl Athletic Complex.
The Owls scored the contest's first three goals in the first quarter, capped by junior JT Galloway's (Simsbury, Conn.) goal from Jette with 34 second remaining in the quarter.
After Connecticut College's junior midfielder John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) scored to give the Camels their first lead of the game at 5-4, KSC senior captain Matt Schairer (Wrentham, Mass.) scored with 2:32 left in the half on a rise ball to beat Connecticut College netminder Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) for the 6-4 advantage.
Connecticut College tried to cut into the KSC lead with just seconds remaining in the half, but KSC junior goalie Jason Leser (Brewster, N.Y.) set aside sophomore midfielder Thomas Woessner's (Old Lyme, Conn.) point-blank shot to keep the 6-4 lead.
The Camels stormed out to a lead in the 2nd half, rattling five straight goals, including two goals in a matter of 33 seconds, from junior attackman Andrew Berry (Moorestown, N.J.) at the 8:16 and 7:43 marks of the 3rd quarter for the 9-6 advantage.
KSC would answer with a run of their own, with five straight goals, as Schairer would add a man-up goal with 14:11 in the fourth quarter. Jette would cap the run with an unassisted goal, squeezing his way through a few Camel defenders for his fourth goal of the game.
Trailing 14-10, Connecticut College looked to cut into the lead, as junior midfielder Stephen Eicher (Northport, N.Y.) was all alone near the crease, but Leser came up with one of his six saves to keep the Owls ahead by four.
On the ensuing possession, the Owls would run down the field, as Ian Hart (Richmond, N.H.) would find Jette for the 15-10 lead.
Connecticut College, continuing the fight, scored three consecutive goals, two coming from Tyler Corcoran (Simsbury, Conn.), for the 15-13 final score.
Schairer and Ian Hart each had four points in the game behind Jette's seven. Galloway also netted multiple goals for the Owls in the win. Sophomore long-pole midfielder Andrew Fazio (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) and face-off man David Shaw (Acton, Mass.) each had five groundballs, while senior defender Sean LeBlanc (Simsbury, Conn.) scooped up a team-high six.
Lyons, Corcoran and Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) each had three scores for the Camels. Corcoran also dished out two assists for a team-high five points. Face-off man Chuck Czerkawski (Cohasset, Mass.) went 17-of-31 for Conn. College with a game-high 11 groundballs.
Leser finished the game with six saves in the win for the Owls to improve to 4-3 on the year, while Moccia made 10 saves in the losing effort for Connecticut College.
The Owls return to action this Saturday, as they will host Salem State in a Little East Conference matchup at 1 p.m. at Owl Athletic Complex. Connecticut College returns home for Alumni and Senior day on Saturday, as they will host Hamilton College for a 1 p.m. NESCAC contest.
Camel Tracks (Not Including Tuesday Night's Action)
This past week, the Camels topped New England College 14-9 and earned a 12-3 victory against Kean. Senior face-off specialist Chuck Czerkawski won 79% of his battles in the trenches (33-for-42) and collected 15 ground balls in a perfect 2-0 week for the Camels. In a victory against New England College Wednesday, Czerkawski was 8-for-8 in an opening quarter that saw the Camels race out to a 6-1 advantage. Czerkawski was 16-for-19 on the face in Saturday's 12-3 victory against Kean.
Sophomore JR Hartgers (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) has tallied 15 goals and eight assists to lead the Camels with 23 points. Junior John Lyons (Barrington, R.I.) has contributed 15 goals, seven assists and 22 points while junior Andrew Freedman (Sudbury, Mass.) has accounted for 17 points with eight goals and nine assists.
Czerkawski has corralled 68 ground balls and won 58% of his face-offs (114-196). Rob Moccia (Malvern, Pa.) carried an 8.63 goals against average and a .563 save percentage into Tuesday night's game at Keene State. Connecticut College is in eighth place in the conference standings and will resume NESCAC play Saturday with a 1 p.m. game against Hamilton.
April 11, 2012