This release is courtesy of New England College Sports Information.
CANTON, N.Y. - The New England College men's lacrosse team collects their fourth-straight NAC/NECC Alliance Championship, following a 17-8 win over SUNY Canton Saturday afternoon.
Following the game, the Pilgrims improve to 9-8, while the Roos end their season at 10-7.
Connor Smith scored a game-high six goals, while Patrick Stories potted two goals and added three assists on the afternoon. Austin Frankel won 16 of 22 face-offs and collected a game-high 12 ground balls. Connor Fries and David Benjamin each forced a game-high four caused turnovers on the day.
SUNY Canton was led by Hunter Olsen, as he scored three goals, while added three assists. Josh Yelvington and Eli Kocsis each had four ground balls in the game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SUNY Canton was able to strike first, as Hunter Olson scored for the Roos just over a minute into the game. Connor Fries tied the game up at 1-1, as the senior scored 20 seconds later. The rest of the first half was a back-and-forth affair as the two teams entered halftime tied at 6-6.
In the second half, New England College captured the momentum, as they got the first lead of the game with a goal coming from Patrick Stories. The Pilgrims' offense exploded for eight goals in the third. On the defensive end, NEC goalie William Platt blanked SUNY Canton, by stopping all five shots on goal in the frame.
After a dominating third quarter, New England College slowed down the pace of the game and outscore the opposition 3-2 in the final 15 minutes.
Platt recorded 12 saves in the crease for the Pilgrims, while his counterpart Kody Kocsis made 23 for the Roos.
Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM (NECC Representatives)
Dean – Anthony Trasacco
Dean – Alex Govoni
NEC – Connor Fries
NEC – Connor Smith
NEC – Austin Frankel
NEC – Reilly Parker (MVP)