DOVER, Del. – Senior midfielder Ryan Yursha (Brick, NJ) won 24-of-27 faceoff attempts, while rookie attackman Donald Schaumloffel (Wantagh, NY) tallied five goals and dished out three assists to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team to an 18-7 victory at non-league opponent Wesley College on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Colonials improved to 4-2 overall, while the Wolverines dropped to 1-3.
Several other players stepped up for WestConn. Senior Robert Swensen (Danbury, CT) and junior Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY) each tallied six points with three goals and three assists, while junior Ryan Reuling (Groton, CT) added a hat trick and a pair of helpers. Caldwell earned his 100th career goal in the effort. Rookie Noah Reuling (Groton, CT) also got in on the action with a goal and four assists.
The visitors outshot the hosts, 47-25, while also racking controlling ground balls, 55-26. WestConn sophomore goalkeeper Perry Cassidy (East Setauket, NY) improved to 4-2 and stopped five shots in the first half before classmate Colin Neal (Rockville, CT) and rookie Derek Strine (Bayport, NY) provided second half relief, combining for six saves.
"The boys shared the ball well today with 15 assists on our 18 goals. Caldwell achieved a great benchmark with his 100th career goal. It was a solid offensive game," said Colonial head coach Ryan Cavanagh following the contest.
Wesley drew first blood less than three minutes to take a 1-0 lead. But it was all WestConn from that point. They strung together a five-goal spurt to lead 5-1 at the end of the opening quarter.
The Wolverines would bookend the second quarter with a pair of scoring strikes. However, the Colonials put together another five-goal flurry in between, holding a 10-3 lead at halftime. WestConn would outscore Wesley, 6-0, in the third and cruise the rest of the way.
The Colonials return to action against visiting non-conference foe Wooster on Saturday at 1 p.m.