Monday, April 11, 2011

The Golden Bears Sneak Past the Wolverines

The Wolverine lacrosse team traveled down to Springfield, MA to Play Western New England College. Being a top 20 team, the game promised great competition. A top ranking paired with the varsity players WNEC added to their roster, and BA had their work cut out for them.

The game started off very sloppy as WNEC got off to a great start. At the end of the first quarter WNEC was up 4-1. The Wolverines had a slew of unforced turnovers throwing the ball out of bounds too many times. The second quarter was more of the same as Bridgton had to play catch up the whole half. The score at the half was 7-3.

After an energizing halftime Bridgton came out and scored two quick goals which cut WNEC’s lead to 7-5. It then went back and forth and “WNEC just controlled the ball a little better than us” coach Bamann said. BA scored another two goals but WNEC answered with goals of their own. The Final score was 12-7 in favor of Western New England.

Ian Farley (Camillus, NY) led the scoring for BA with four goals in the contest. Matt Stango (Jupiter, FL) followed with one goal and one assist. Jeff Christiano (Rivervale, NJ) and Dom Crowley (Bainbridge Island, WA) tallied BA’s last two goals of the contest while Brooks Billingham (Martha's Vineyard, MA), Eddie Suh (Colchester, CT), and Chris Barney (Cheshire, CT) all recorded assists. BA won 11 of the 20 face offs in the game. Colin Nesdale (Cheshire, CT) played in net and made 26 saves for the Wolverines.

Coach Bamann thought that BA’s effort was strong but commented, “we just made too many mistakes on both sides of the ball and we had a late start on offense. These were the reasons we just couldn’t dig out of the hole we were in. We as a coaching staff saw some good and bad and so we will have a good week of practice and get ready for Exeter and Bowdoin this week.”

BA had some alum at the game both playing and in the stands. Pat White’08, Nick Jez’08, and Billy Mason’08 all play for the WNEC Golden Bears. Nick Jez received rookie of the year honors as a freshman while Pat White received first teams honors last year and has been there leading scorer for a couple years. Matt Hay’10 who plays at American International College was also in attendance.

Up next the Wolveines play Exeter at 4:00 pm on Wednesday and Bowdoin on Friday at 4:30. Thanks for your support and good luck to the other spring sports.

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