Score: Nichols College 15, Dean College 10
Records: Dean College (7-5), Nichols College (8-6)
Location: Vendetti Field, Dudley, Mass.
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 4:00 PM
Nichols College outscored Dean College 10-4 in the second and third quarters and the host Bison picked up a non-conference win, topping the Bulldogs, 15-10, in men's lacrosse action on Thursday afternoon.
Cole Fontana paced the Nichols attack with four goals and an assist, while Brendan Coates added three of his own.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Things started off well for Dean as Anthony Trasacco (Cheshire, Conn.) scored the game's first two goals and three of the first five to stake the Bulldogs to an early 3-2 edge.
Nichols went on to score right before the end of the first quarter to even the score and they then rattled off five consecutive tallies before Louis Piccolo (Foxboro, Mass.) stopped the run with his goal right before the first half expired.
Piccolo and Westley Reel (Lakeville, Conn.) each scored in the opening minutes of the third quarter and even when Jack Campanale scored a man-down goal for Nichols, Trasacco responded moments later to keep the Bulldogs close at 10-7.
The Bison once again, however, strung a bevy of goals together, this time spanning the third and four quarters and when the dust cleared, they were in front, 15-7.
Dean scored the final three goals of the game with Piccolo, Joshua Harrison (Townsend, Mass.) and Trasacco all finding the back of the net, but the game was no longer in doubt.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Alex Govoni (Lakeville, Mass.) ended with 18 saves in goal for the Bulldogs, while Trasacco was the offensive star with a game-best five goals. Piccolo added three of his own and Brody Fredericks (Weare, N.H.) handed out three assists.
Entrenched as the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) No. 2 seed, Dean will travel to face the No. 1 seed from the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) on Saturday, April 27. The No. 1 seed from the NAC will be determined on Saturday, April 20 between SUNY Delhi and SUNY Canton.