BALTIMORE, Md.—Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.) netted two of his three goals 1:59 apart in the third quarter to lead the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team to its third straight victory in a 13-10 triumph against Illinois Wesleyan University Wednesday at Johns Hopkins University.
The Camels improved their record to 3-1 with the win in the Charm City. The Titans (3-2), who enjoyed a 5-1 advantage in the opening quarter, had their three game winning streak halted in the setback.
Foster had three goals and an assist for the winning side. Junior Tucker Mscisz (pictured, Topsfield, Mass.) scored two goals and assisted on three others en route to his five point day for the Camels. Jackson Kleints (Philadelphia, Pa.) had a hat-trick with three goals for the winning side. PJ Kelleher (Walpole, Mass.) the reigning NESCAC co-Player of the Week, had a goal, an assist and six ground balls today.
Senior Alex Calabro (Newton, Mass.) had seven ground balls to lead the defense. Junior All-American Ben Parens (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) finished 19-for-26 at the X with nine ground balls. Sophomore Jameson Hill (Wilton, Conn.) finished with 12 saves and a pair of ground balls in the win.
Junior Nick Winter (Arlington Heights, Ill.) had two goals and two assists to lead the Titans on offense. Sophomore midfielder Will Rossi (Northfield, Ill.) scored a hat-trick with three goals for IWU. Senior Michael Julius (Arlington Heights, Ill.) had a goal and three assists in the contest.
Sophomore J.C. Grabarek (Bartlett, Ill.) was 6-for-22 on face-offs with three ground balls. Senior Max Porter (St. Charles, Ill.) had six ground balls and four caused turnovers for the Titans. Senior net-minder Steven Laduzinsky (Geneva, Ill.) made nine saves in the cage for IWU.
The Titans scored four goals in a span of 1:07 in the opening quarter to take an early 5-1 advantage and held a 6-4 edge after one. Senior Evan Mok-Lamme (Grand Junction, Colo.) tallied for the Titans with 16 seconds left in the opening half to put IWU on top 9-7. But on the ensuing faceoff, Parens won a face-off and Calabro corralled the ground ball. Kelleher was able to connect with Kleintz for a goal that trimmed the Camel deficit to 9-8 with one second left in the half.
Parens was a perfect 5-for-5 at the X in the third while Hill had five stops in the frame, surrendering just a single score. Foster scored the equalizer with 6:17 to play in the third. Senior Maximilian King (Andover, Mass.) was able to make a nice feed from the left side to Foster, who unloaded with a bomb from the top of the box. With 4:18 left in the quarter, Mscisz assisted Foster for his shot and score from point blank range out in front of the cage that put the Camels on top for the first time in the second stanza. A little over a minute later, the Titans countered when Rossi put one in with 3:09 remaining in the third.
But it was Foster's day and with 1:03 remaining in the third, the sophomore came up with another key play to put the Camels on top for good. Foster was able to draw the IWU defense behind the cage and snapped off a nice pass to Kleintz, who flicked in what would prove to be the game-winner. Later on in the fourth with 9:21 remaining, Mscisz executed with a terrific move, beating the IWU defense by using his off hand to maintain possession. Mscisz dished off to Thompson, who rifled home a blast from the left side of the box to make it a 12-10 game. Kelleher added some insurance when he scored with a nice turnaround shot with 3:52 to play. It was the sophomores' team-leading 22nd point of the season (12 goals, 10 assists).
Camel Tracks: After Kelleher, Kleintz has accounted for 11 goals and two assists while Mscisz has chipped in with six goals and seven helpers to rank second on the squad with 13 points each. Foster has scored six goals and assisted on two others to rank fourth on the squad with eight points. Parens is second in the conference face-off percentage and winning percentage (68-for-90, .756) at the X and leads the conference with 35 ground balls. Calabro has corralled 18 ground balls to rank #6 in the conference while adding three caused turnovers.
Kelleher has 13 gbs and sophomore close defender Brian Maguire (Ridgefield, Conn.) has 11 ground balls. Hill has registered a 8.73 goals against average to rank #3 in the NESCAC while ranking fifth in the conference with a .568 save percentage.