PATCHOGUE, NY - After a season-opening win against Mount Saint Mary on Saturday, the Western Connecticut men's lacrosse team was outlasted at non-league foe St. Joseph's (LI) on Wednesday, 13-9. The Colonials held a 9-8 advantage heading into the final quarter but were held scoreless the rest of the way. Reigning LEC Rookie of the Week Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY) paced Western with four points on two goals and a pair of assists.
Senior attackman John Foristall (Danbury, CT) – who also earned LEC honors as Player of the Week on Monday – tacked on two goals and a helper, while rookie midfielder Tyequan Bonaparte (Stamford, CT) netted his first goal of the season that put the Colonials ahead to end the third quarter. Scott Reece led the hosts with a game-high eight goals to go along with one assist.
Trailing 3-1, the Colonials cut the deficit to 3-2 when rookie midfielder Ryan Reuling (Groton, CT) deposited a shot to the back of the cage to close out the opening quarter. The contest stayed close throughout the second quarter as St. Joe's took a 7-5 lead into halftime when Chris Nielsen scored shortly before the horn.
Western exploded with a 4-1 run in the third quarter. Foristall ignited the run when he tallied his fifth goal of the season. Shortly thereafter, Bonaparte would cap the onslaught off a feed from Caldwell, giving Western the momentum heading into the final stanza. However, the hosts maintained control of the ball for most of the final quarter, retaliating with five straight in the fourth, including the final four all courtesy of Reece en route to the win.
"Congratulations to St. Joseph's on their first program win. I thought our youth showed in this game as we got outworked in the final quarter. We have to take something out of this game, learn from it, and get better," said Western head coach Ryan Cavanagh following the defeat.
Colonials senior goalkeeper Patrick Tynan (Somers, CT) finished with 15 saves and dropped to 1-1 overall, while Andrew Yoli upped his record to 1-0, recording five saves for St. Joe's. Western returns to action against yet another non-conference opponent when they travel to Wells (PA) on Saturday at 3 p.m.