Anthony Nejame scores game-winner in OT as Western tops Trinity, 12-11
DANBURY, CT (April, 2) — Sophomore Anthony Nejame (Danbury, CT) scored five goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team to a 12-11 victory over in-state rival Trinity College Tuesday afternoon the Westside Athletic Complex.
Also scoring for Western were junior Ryan Foster (Ledyard, CT) with three goals, freshman John Foristall (Danbury, CT) with two goals, and sophomore Nick Foley (Walpole, MA) and freshman Nate Wilson (Norwich, CT) who each scored once. Foristall led the Colonials with three assists.
Scoring for Trinity College were sophomore Jack Castelli (Huntington, NY), senior Rob Nogueras (Parkland, FL), and Chase Growney (Berwyn, PA) who each scored three goals. Senior Nick Shaheen (Williamsburg, MA) and James O'Connell (Middleton, MA) each added one goal.
Trinity wasted little time getting on the clock, winning the opening faceoff and scoring in the game's first five seconds when Nogueras scored on a pass from Reichert. Twenty seconds later, Trinity scored again to take a 2-0 lead before a minute had been played when Shaheen scored an unassisted goal.
Western then scored six unanswered goals, starting with a goal by Nejame, assisted by Foster, at the 10:20 mark. Foristall then tied the game at 9:44 and Foster gave the Colonials their first lead at 6:15. Goals by Najame, Foley, and another by Foster lifted Western to a 6-2 lead after one quarter of play.
The second quarter was all Trinity, as the Bantams scored five unanswered goals to take a 7-6 lead at the half.
Western reclaimed the lead in the third quarter when Nejame scored twice in the opening four minutes, both times on assists from Foristall. Trinity scored twice to take a 9-8 lead before Foristall took a turn scoring on a pass from Nejame, to even things at 9-9. Trinity closed out the third-quarter scoring for a 10-9 lead heading into the fourth.
Wilson scored in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter for Western to tie the score at 10-all. Foster then scored an unassisted goal midway through the period for an 11-10 Western lead, but Growney's goal with 5:20 remaining evened the score at 11-11 and would be the final tally of regulation.
The overtime period opened with Trinity controlling action in the Western end for the first three minutes, but Western caused a Trinity turnover and raced down the field looking for a chance to end the game. Freshman Spencer Penoro (Orange, CT) found Nejame in front of the Trinity goal and Nejame quickly deposited the game-winner to give the Colonials the 12-11 victory.
For the game, Western held a 38-34 advantage in shots and a 37-33 edge in ground balls. Sophomore keeper Kevin Seery (East Lyme, CT) recorded 14 saves in goal for Western to earn the victory. Sophomore Riley Cahill (South Glastonbury, CT) made 11 saves in a losing effort for Trinity College, now 2-7 on the season.
Western, now 6-4 on the season, returns to action on Saturday, April 6, when it plays host to Little East Conference rival UMass Boston at the WAC. Game time is slated for 1:00pm.