Western New England Takes Top Spot in CCC Standings with 7-5 Triumph at Endicott

Senior Steve Kerr's 12-save effort helped Western New England secure a 7-5 victory at Endicott on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)
Senior Steve Kerr's 12-save effort helped Western New England secure a 7-5 victory at Endicott on Saturday. (Photo by Rachael Margossian)

Kerr finishes with 12 saves, Beauchamp leads offense with three goals

BEVERLY, Mass. (April 7, 2018) –
The Western New England University men's lacrosse team claimed sole possession of first place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) standings with a 7-5 victory over Endicott College on Saturday afternoon at Hempstead Stadium. 

Top Performers
• Senior midfielder Nicholas Beauchamp (Wilbraham, Mass.) led the way for the Golden Bears, scoring three goals to go with an assist.
• Junior attackman Jared Ward (Littleton, Mass.) contributed two goals, while senior Mikey Wood (Southborough, Mass.) and sophomore Nick Gamba (East Islip, N.Y.) chipped in with one each.
• Senior goalie Steven Kerr (Hopkinton, Mass.) was strong in the cage, finishing with 12 saves on 17 shots.

• Endicott freshman Jack Sutherland (Sudbury, Mass.) factored into three of the Gulls' five goals, as he scored two and assisted on another.
• Junior goalie Patrick Dean (Westhampton, N.Y.) was able to turn away 21 of the 28 shots that he faced.

Game Review
After nearly 15 minutes of scoreless action, Western New England capitalized on an Endicott penalty to claim a 1-0 lead as Beauchamp buried a man-up goal at the first quarter buzzer.

The two teams went back and forth in the second quarter, as sophomore Will Clark (Burnt Hills, N.Y.) equalized for the Gulls at the 13:06 mark before Wood put the Golden Bears back in front on a feed from junior Tim Breau (Lima, N.Y.) with just under ten minutes remaining in the half.

Endicott tied the contest for the second time on an unassisted strike from Sutherland 1:21 later, but Beauchamp set up Ward with 6:16 on the clock to give Western New England a 3-2 edge.

The Golden Bears led by the same margin at the break, before establishing their first two-score lead (4-2) 2:23 into the third quarter when Gamba tallied his 18th goal of the season on an assist from freshman Matthew Greer (South Windsor, Conn.).

Endicott was able to cut its deficit to one on two occasions later in the period, but Beauchamp restored Western New England's two-goal advantage (6-4) with 38 seconds remaining in the third.

Beauchamp then completed his hat trick with just under four minutes left in regulation to give the Golden Bears a three-score cushion. The Western New England defense finished the job, limiting the Gulls to one final goal from Sutherland at the 2:26 mark to seal the key victory.

Notes
• Western New England held advantages in both shots (40-33) and ground balls (28-19).
• Junior Hunter Cocks (Walden, N.Y.) won 8-of-14 faceoffs and scooped up four ground balls.
• Kerr has recorded 10+ saves eight times this season. His 141 total stops this spring lead the CCC.

Up Next
Both teams will be back in action on Tuesday at 7 p.m., as Western New England (7-5, 4-0 CCC) returns home to host Nichols and Endicott (3-7, 3-1 CCC) welcomes Tufts to Beverly for a non-conference contest.