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Ward Nets Hat Trick as Men’s Lax Falls at Manhattanville, 15-5

Ward Nets Hat Trick as Men’s Lax Falls at Manhattanville, 15-5

PURCHASE, NY – Sophomore midfielder John Ward (Mahopac, NY) netted a team-high three goals while classmate attackman Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY) chipped in with two as the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team was upended at non-conference foe Manhattanville College, 15-5, on Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 1-2 overall while the Valiants improved to 3-0. 

Senior Bryan Murchison (Huntington, NY) won 14-of-24 faceoffs while scooping up a game-high 10 groundballs for the Colonials. However, WestConn had trouble staying out of the penalty box as Manhattanville finished 4-of-10 on man-up opportunities. The Colonials went 0-for-4. 

Rookie netminder Perry Cassidy (East Setauket, NY) dropped to 1-2 and notched 10 saves for the visitors, while sophomore goalie Jason Frezza (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) moved to 3-0 and turned aside 10 for the hosts. Graduate student Andrew Murray (Yonkers, NY) and sophomore Nick Delia (New City, NY) finished with five goals apiece to lead the Valiants. 

With the score even at 1-1 heading into the second quarter, Manhattanville reeled off a 5-1 run to seize a 6-2 halftime advantage. Delia began the flurry with an unassisted tally before rounding out the spurt with a man-up strike 32 seconds before the break. 

WestConn countered less than a minute into the third when Caldwell tickled the twine for his team-leading 10th goal of the season. However, the Valiants answered with a trio of goals to pull ahead, 9-3, going into the fourth. 

Ward buried a pair to start the final stanza, cutting the deficit to 9-5 but the hosts retaliated with a 6-0 run to seal the victory. 

"We need to go out and compete. Today, we didn't get off the bus," stated WestCon head coach Ryan Cavanagh following the loss. "We are too talented to be putting a product like that on the field. We will make some adjustments from a coaching standpoint as we progress into our next game," he added.

The Colonials will look to rebound after the impending snow storm when they host St. Joseph's (LI) on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.