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Moon Township, PA – Bryant jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, claiming the 2012 Northeast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship Title with a 12-6 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium.
With the win, the Bulldogs finish their season with a 14-4 record and their first-ever NEC Title in any sport. Mount St. Mary’s, meanwhile, falls to 6-9 overall and 1-1 in NEC Title games, winning the inaugural bout last season.
Sophomore Colin Dunster (Cos Cob, CT/Greenwich) scored four goals, including three during a 10-1 run that spanned the first and second quarters. Classmate Dan Sipperly (Greenwich, NY/Christian Brothers Academy) added three scores and an assist, while Max Weisenberg (Long Beach, NY/Long Beach) chipped in two goals.
For the Mount, junior Andrew Scalley (Arnold, MD/Archbishop Spalding) led the squad with two goals and four points, while senior Brett Schmidt (Great Mills, MD/St. Mary’s Ryken) scored once and assisted on another.
Bryant controlled the pace of the game from the get-go, scoring six straight times while holding its opponents scoreless until the final minutes of the quarter, when Schmidt cashed in an unassisted strike at the 2:53 mark. The Bulldogs ended the frame up 7-1 and expanded that advantage to 10-1 following a three-goal spurt in the second.
After the break, Mount St. Mary’s started to fight back and made it a seven-goal deficit with back-to-back scores at 13:31 and 6:09. However, the Bulldog defense was up to the task and held the Mountaineers to just three goals over the remaining 21 minutes, sealing the program’s first-ever NEC Title.
In net, senior Jameson Love (Darien, CT/Darien) made five saves and helped the Bulldog defense kill off a pair of man-up opportunities (0-2). Mount sophomore Chris Klaiber (Lafayette, NY/Lafayette) recorded four saves and allowed 10 goals through 30 minutes of action before giving way to Adam Borgogelli (Midlothian, VA/Midlothian), who played the second half with seven stops and two goals surrendered.
Bryant outshot Mount St. Mary’s 49-39, including 17-4 in the first quarter and 29-12 at the end of the opening half. The Bulldogs also held a 27-19 advantage in ground balls and won 16 of the game’s 22 faceoff attempts, all of which came via freshman Kevin Massa (Huntington, NY/Elwood John Glenn).
2012 Northeast Conference Men’s Lacrosse All-Tournament Team
Colin Dunster, Bryant
Kevin Massa, Bryant
Dan Sipperly, Bryant
Jameson Love, Bryant
Brett Schmidt, Mount St. Mary’s
Andrew Scalley, Mount St. Mary’s
Christian Kellett, Mount St. Mary’s
Brendan Wilbur, Quinnipiac
Jay Binkowski, Quinnipiac
Casey Abbott, Robert Morris
Kiel Matisz, Robert Morris
Jameson Love, Bryant
2012 Northeast Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament
at Robert Morris University - Moon Township, PA
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