|New England College||University of New England|
HENNIKER, N.H. — The New England College Pilgrims scored five times in the opening quarter — including three goals in the initial 3:03 of the contest — on their way to a 10-7 win over the University of New England in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon at Don Melander Field.
NEC (3-4) claimed its first win over UNE (5-2) in the last three meetings between the two squads.
Sean Largay accounted for half of the Pilgrims’ scoring output with a match-high five goals. William Pendleton chipped in two goals and two assists, while Matt Richard added a goal and set-up four others.
Andew Curro, Dan Auger and Tom Luttrell each notched a pair of markers for UNE. Alex Zadworny rounded out the Nor’easters goal-scoring total with one.
Leading 5-3 after one frame, NEC pulled away by blanking the visitors 3-0 in the second quarter. The Pilgrims would lead 10-5 after three before surrendering a pair of goals in the final quarter.
UNE led 45-30 in shots, but trailed 29-15 in the ground ball department. The Nor’easters scored nearly half (3) of their goals in a man-up situation.
Adam Race had three caused turnovers for UNE, which received 10 saves from goalkeeper David Pearson.
New England College’s Connor Fries had a stellar day, racking up 15 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Austin Frankel won 9 of 13 face-offs, and William Platt totaled 13 saves to register the win in goal.