DANBURY, CT – Sophomore attackman Robert Swensen (Danbury, CT) racked up a game-high four goals, while senior midfielder Jonathan Thomas (Waterford, CT) chipped in with three to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team to a stunning 10-5 win over visiting non-league foe Dean College on Wednesday night at The Westside Athletic Complex.
Trailing 5-1 early in the third quarter, the Colonials reeled off nine straight tallies to complete the rally, snapping a three-game losing skid, while improving to 4-6 overall. With the loss, Dean dropped to 8-3. WestConn dominated the groundball category, 29-12, while outshooting the Bulldogs, 45-22. Sophomore faceoff specialist Ryan Yursha (Middletown, DE) controlled the circle, winning 14-of-17 for the Colonials – who were also without the services of their leading goal scorer, rookie attackman Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY).
"I'm proud of the way our guys responded. We stuck it out and put together three great quarters of lacrosse. Yursha had a great day at the faceoff x. Now we have to carry this momentum into Salem State on Saturday," said WestConn head coach Ryan Cavanagh following the win.
Dean exploded to put up four goals in the final six minutes of the first quarter. Senior midfielder Ben Sykes (Londonderry, VT) rounded out the run before Western pierced the scoring column early in the second when Swensen notched his first goal, slicing the lead to 4-1. The Bulldogs answered when sophomore attackman Anthony Trasacco (Cheshire, CT) found the back of the net with 11:26 remaining in the quarter.
The Colonials power surge then started less than a minute later. Thomas ignited the barrage off a feed from rookie midfielder Christian Sparacino (Manorville, NY). Moments later, Thomas struck again, this time ripping a sharp-angled rocket from the left wing into the top-right corner off a quick pass from freshman middie Ryan Reuling (Groton, CT), making the count 5-3.
WestConn captured its first lead at 6-5 when Swensen earned a hat trick with 11:06 remaining. The outburst continued when Reuling faked a shot from inside the restraining line, dodged past a defender and drilled a shot just underneath the crossbar, extending the lead to 7-5. The Colonials went on to add three more in the final 10 minutes of play.
Senior goalkeeper Patrick Tynan (Somers, CT) finished with five saves and improved to 4-6 overall, while sophomore goalie Jake Anderson (Las Vegas, NV) turned aside eleven shots for the Bulldogs and dropped to 5-3.
WestConn returns to action for an LEC matchup when they travel to Salem State on Saturday at 4 p.m.