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Piccolo Powers Men's Lacrosse Past Badgers, 19-5

Piccolo Powers Men's Lacrosse Past Badgers, 19-5

THE BASICS
Score:
Dean College 19, Northern Vermont-Johnson 5
Records: Dean College (1-0), Northern Vermont-Johnson (0-1)
Location: Grant Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Dean College freshman Louis Piccolo (Foxboro, Mass.) opened up his collegiate career in fine fashion, pumping home six goals as the host Bulldogs raced to a 19-5 win over NVU-Johnson in non-league men's lacrosse action on Friday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Bulldogs shook off a slow start that saw them fall behind the upstart Badgers, 3-0 in the match's first five minutes.

First, Ryan Palmisano connected with Noah Holmes for the contests' first tally less than two minutes into the game and then Palmisano added a marker of his own less than ten seconds later and suddenly, the Bulldogs were trailing, 2-0.

The NVU-Johnson advantage moved to 3-0 following an unassisted marker from Louis Benak a few minutes later before Dean finally got on the board with Piccolo's first.

That goal kickstarted a stretch of 19 straight goals from the host Bulldogs, including a Nate Burcroff (Lakeville, Conn.) marker before the first period ended.

Piccolo kept the Dean momentum going recording back-to-back tallies to put the Bulldogs in front, 4-3 early in the second quarter.

Juniel Jordan (Kingston, Mass.) took a feed from Nick Dunn (Medford, Mass.) and found the back of the net, then Westley Reel (Lakeville, Conn.) scooped up a groundball and raced down the field and fired a shot past the Badgers' Patrick Bell for his third career goal.

Christian Billingsley (Saugus, Mass.) then had two goals sandwiched around two more Piccolo strikes to send the Bulldogs into intermission in front 10-3.

Any hopes of a Badgers' comeback were quickly dashed with Dean scoring nine third quarter goals.

Anthony Trasacco (Cheshire, Conn.) found the back of the net four times in the frame, while Brody Fredericks (Weare, N.H.) scored three times himself, while adding a pair of assists.

Meanwhile, Billingsley and Piccolo also scored for the hosts, sending them to a 19-3 advantage.

The only scoring in the fourth quarter came as Travis Benson tallied two unassisted strikes for the Badgers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
In addition to the aforementioned offensive performances for Dean, Tyler Minor (Warwick, R.I.) ended with two assists and seven groundballs and Joe White (South Easton, Mass.) totaled six groundballs of his own and three caused turnovers.

Alex Govoni (Lakeville, Mass.), meanwhile, was strong in goal for the Bulldogs, recording 11 saves in just three quarters of action.