With so many OOC matchups we have to fit things in with a midweek special. I must say that the quality of the livestreams has gone to the next level for many of the schools, and they are free too!
Tuesday got things underway with Middlebury travelling to Plattsburgh St. of the SUNYAC. The Panthers were able to bounce back from the beat down at the hands of Tufts with a 9-7 win. The thing that stood out to me was the weather and bad officiating. Stephen Seymour had 3 goals and Taylor Pirie dished out 4 assists for the winners.
After beating Western New England Keene St has dropped two in a row after losing at Bowdoin 13-7. Bowdoin just looked like a bigger, deeper more physical team than the Owls. The Polar Bears jumped out to a 7-1, 1st quarter lead. Keene cut the lead 10-7 in the second half until Bowdoin ended the game with 3 EMO goals. Give credit to Keene for making adjustments and switching a zone defense enabling them to get back into the game.
Endicott had to have been encouraged seeing fellow CCC member Roger Williams take Conn College to the wire on Saturday. Their game was tied 5-5 at the half, but Gulls were able to control the 2nd half tempo and earn a 9-6 victory. A pair of freshman took center stage Tommy Hughes was 14/19 at the face off X, 6/7 in the 2nd half. Collin Bannon continued has hot shooting with 4 goals on 7 shots. For the game the Camels were outshot 39-19.
The Wesleyan zone defense was able to shut down a quality RPI team 9-3. Quentin DellaFerra led the offense with 3 goals. The Cardinals are off to a solid 2-0 start.
In a Little East /NEWMAC matchup EConn beat Babson 9-6. Mike Devine led the Warriors with 2g and 3a.
Wheaton dropped their first game of the season losing to UMass Dartmouth 13-7 in Norton. Dennis Healy scored three times for UMass as the Lyons were outshot 63-21. The Corsairs are looking to be a Little East threat to Keene St. and EConn this season. Expect Umass to crack the rankings next week.
Hamilton lost their second in a row over Nazareth 16-11. Hamilton took an 8-7 halftime lead, but lost all 14 faceoffs in the 2nd half. Sam Sweet scored 6 goals in defeat.
In other action in our ranking Roger Williams beat Lasell 12-4 and Williams beat Skidmore 9-5.
The action will continue over the weekend. Look to the NE Lax Blog for all of the recaps and analysis.