Cocks wins 24-of-31 faceoffs, Gamba & Beauchamp total five points each
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (March 11, 2018) – The Western New England University men's lacrosse team outscored Nazareth College 12-5 in the second half on its way to a 19-10 triumph on Sunday evening in a non-conference contest at the Carrier Dome on the campus of Syracuse University.
• Junior Hunter Cocks (Walden, N.Y.) played a key role in the victory, as he won 24-of-31 faceoffs and collected a game-high 16 ground balls.
• Senior Nick Beauchamp (Wilbraham, Mass.) and sophomore Nick Gamba (East Islip, N.Y.) fueled Western New England's offense with five points each, while sophomore Brendan Lyons (Syosset, N.Y.) and freshman Conor Tracy (Walpole, Mass.) both tallied two goals and two assists.
• Senior goalie Steven Kerr (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished with 12 saves on 22 shots.
• Freshman midfielder Jeremy Jacob (Pittsford, N.Y.) and junior attackman Jack Crowley (Orchard Park, N.Y.) both registered hat tricks for the Golden Flyers, while junior Myles Young (Buffalo, N.Y.) contributed two goals and two assists.
Western New England led 4-2 after one quarter with the help of goals from Beauchamp (2:47) and Tracy (0:18) late in the period.
The Golden Flyers tied the score at 5-5 with 10:47 left in the first half following consecutive unassisted goals by Jacob.
Western New England kept Nazareth off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half, however, while Lyons (9:07) and senior Justin Holl (Mount Laurel, N.J.) (3:42) both scored to give the Golden Bears a 7-5 lead at the break.
Western's New England's advantage grew to four (10-6) on Beauchamp's unassisted strike 5:27 into the third quarter, and the Golden Bears stretched the margin to five (13-8) heading into the fourth.
Nazareth got back into the game early in the final period, as senior midfielder Jacob Gray (Homer, N.Y.) and Crowley scored to cut the Golden Flyers' deficit to three (13-10).
Western New England took control from there, as the Golden Bears used consecutive goals from Gamba (12:26, 10:41) to restore their five-score cushion.
Tracy tallied his second of the game with 9:57 to play, and Beauchamp buried two more (9:17, 7:36) before junior midfielder Joe Holleran (Pittsburgh, Pa.) capped the scoring in the final minute.
• Western New England held a 44-27 advantage in ground balls, and the Golden Bears were successful on all 13 of their clear attempts.
• Nine different Golden Bears scored for the third time in four games this season.
• Beauchamp leads the team with ten goals and 16 points.
Western New England (3-1) will be back in action on Wednesday night with a tough test against No. 19 Bates College at Southern New Hampshire University. Nazareth (1-3) travels to Owings Mills, Maryland to face No. 5 York on Friday.