May 7, 2014

New England College Falls to Union in NCAA Opener

Sixteen different Dutchmen would net goals as Union College would top the New England College Pilgrims 24-4 in NCAA DIII Men's Lacrosse Tournament action on Wednesday afternoon.

With the loss the Pilgrims close out their season with a record of 14-4.

Union College would strike early as the Duthcmen would force a Pilgrim turnover and Richard Gregory (Darien, Conn.) would score a breakaway goal assisted by Pat DeBenedetto (Reading, Mass.) just 56 seconds into the opening quarter. The Dutchman would make it 2-0 as Paul Alberti (Madison, Conn.) would take advantage of Union man-up opportunity netting his sixth goal of the season assisted by Rob Santangelo (Rue, N.Y.) at the mark.

Union would continue to control much of the offense building their lead to 5-0 with 5:49 remaining in the first quarter, including two scores by Nolan Stauffer (Redding, Conn.). NEC's Adam Shute (Calgary, Alberta) would break the Pilgrims scoring drought at the 4:23 mark in the first putting in a beautiful feed by senior Par Miles (Brampton, Ontario). Union would close out the opening quarter with two additional scores extending their lead to 7-1 after one.

Union would score the first six goals of the second quarter, including two by Greg Mooney (Pearl River, N.Y.), going up 13-1 with 4:50 remaining in the half. NEC would get a goal at the 5:54 mark as Adam Shute would record his second goal of the game assisted by Skyler Saunders (Cambridge, N.Y.). The Dutchmen would get the goal back 1:41 before halftime sending the Dutchmen into halftime up 14-2.

It would be all Union in the second half of play as they would out score NEC 6-1 in the third and 4-1 in the fourth en route to the eventual 24-4 victory.

Leading the way for the Pilgrims on offensive was Adam Shute who notched all four NEC goals. NEC's Skyler Saunders, Sean Largay (Norwalk, Conn.), Garrett Naimie (York, Maine) and Pat Miles each dished out an assist. NEC's Cam Scully (Houston, Texas) led the way for the Pilgrims finishing with six ground balls.

Union would finish the game out shooting NEC 50-24 and hold the 40-28 advantage in ground balls.

In goal for NEC was junior Chris Galluzzo (New London, N.H.) who finished with an impressive 10 saves.