WILLIMANTIC, CT – Junior attackman Ryan Reuling (Groton, CT) tallied a game-high six goals and one assist, while classmate Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY) added five goals and a helper as the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team rallied to upend cross-state archrival Eastern Connecticut, 15-12, in a Little East Conference matchup on Tuesday night. With the win, the Colonials improved to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in league play, while the Warriors dropped to 3-7 and 1-3.
The visitors outshot the hosts by a 55-34 margin and also forced 26 turnovers while coughing it up just 19 times themselves. The WestConn ride also came up big, stopping seven clear attempts.
Trailing 4-0 in the opening quarter, the Colonials' rally began when Caldwell fired home an unassisted goal with less than 30 seconds remaining in the stanza.
WestConn would score four of the five second quarter tallies, deadlocking the score at 5-5 at the break. Caldwell finished off the spurt with yet another unassisted strike.
The Colonials put together a 6-1 run in the third quarter, capturing an 11-8 advantage. Reuling would net four of his goals during the barrage.
Eastern's Jacob Testa ripped a rocket into the back of the net from the left wing, slicing the deficit to 13-12 with 2:22 remaining in the contest. However, Reuling found a cutting Donald Schaumloffel (Wantagh, NY) and Caldwell fired a righty laser into the twine in the ensuing moments to cement the win for the visitors.
Sophomore goalie Perry Cassidy (East Setauket, NY) stopped five shots for the Colonials and improved to 8-5, while Jake Farrell recorded 15 saves for the Warriors and fell to 3-7.
WestConn returns to action for yet another league contest when they travel to Castleton on Saturday at 6 p.m.