Game of the Week, April 24, 2013

Endicott College at Western New England, 7pm at WNEU

This is a huge mid-week game in the Commonwealth Coast Conference tonight in Springfield, Massachusetts. The WNEU Golden Bears come into the game with a 7-0 conference record, while the Endicott Gulls come in at 6-1. What’s at stake in this game: If WNEU wins they win the regular season CCC crown and the #1 seed in the CCC tournament. If EC wins they have a chance at the #1 seed in the CCC tournament and the regular season crown (depending on tiebreakers, etc). The #1 seed in the CCC tournament gets home field advantage throughout the CCC tournament. Having the #1 seed will be huge for either team. It looks like only one team from the CCC will get into the NCAA tournament. Endicott had a shot of getting in the NCAA’s without winning the CCC AQ do to their win over Tufts, but they blew that chance when they lost to UNE this past week. Meaning who ever wins the CCC tournament AQ will be dancing. Usually the #1 seed wins most conference tournaments, so this game is big for either side.

Leading the Golden Bears on offense are Adam Knapton, Corbett C.-Harreys, and James Reardon. Knapton is a junior attackman who leads the team in points, with 16 goals and 21 assists. C.-Harreys is a senior attackman who has 21 goals and 3 assists in 2013, while Reardon a senior midfielder has 9 goals and 15 assists. In goal for WNEU has been sophomore Brandon Body. In 2013 Body has a .534 save percentage and 135 saves.

The Gulls are lead on offense by Nick Pinciaro and Kyle Weber. Both players are sophomore attackman: Pinciaro leads the team in points with 25 goals and 17 assists, while Weber has 31 goals and 8 assists. A big key to the Gulls offensive success is face-off man Sam Ozycz. Ozycz has a .729 face-off win percentage, 208 groundballs as well as 7 goals and 1 assist. If he is going well, the offense is getting possessions and keeping the opponent at bay. In goal for Endicott is Cameron Bell. Bell is a freshman who has a .556 save percentage and 158 saves in 2013.

Last five matchups:

2012
EC 3 vs. WNEU 7

2011
EC 9 @ WNEU 10

2011 CCC Final
EC 13 @ WNEU 12 OT

2010
EC 9 vs. WNEU 8

2009
EC 4 @ WNEU 13

2009 CCC Final
EC 7 @ WNEU 12