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Men’s Lacrosse Edged by Trinity in Nutmeg Battle Despite Smith’s Career Night

Colin Smith

HARTFORD, Conn. – After a low-scoring first half, Trinity lighted up for five goals in the final 15 minutes to escape with an 8-7 victory over the Connecticut College men's lacrosse team on Wednesday evening at Jessee/Miller Field.

The defenses dominated at the beginning, and neither team could find the back of the net until Camel sophomore Jack Rutter (Madison, N.J.) was able to break the scoreless deadlock with 10 seconds remaining in the opening quarter. Colin Smith (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) stopped seven shots in the opening 15 minutes alone to keep the Bantams at bay.

After freshman Peter Pickard (Medfield, Mass.) was able to double the visitor lead just 55 seconds into the second quarter, Trinity finally got one past Smith when Andrew Collins found Drew Kozub open at 8:29. The Camels, however, carried a narrow 2-1 advantage into the break.

Even though the Bantams were able to tie the score when Ben Ferrucci found the back of the net at the 9:13 mark, Connecticut College was able to recover and regain its two-goal lead by getting back-to-back markers from Pickard and senior Jordan Foster (Las Vegas, Nev.).

But despite never holding a lead through the first 40 minutes of action, Trinity was able to strike back and move ahead for the first time when Connor McCulloch opened a high-scoring fourth quarter with two straight tallies at 12:36 and 10:13. The Camels were able to tie the game twice during the stretch run, but they could never get over the hump again. John Caraviello converted a pair of shots from ridiculous angles in a span of 3:03 to put the hosts up by two and ahead for good.

Ferrucci led Trinity (7-3, NESCAC 2-3) with a hat trick, while Caraviello and McCulloch tallied two apiece. Alex Notman caused two turnovers defensively, and Scott Morgan added a game-high nine ground balls and won 12 faceoffs. Senior netminder Greg Barletta made a career-high 15 saves.

The Camels got a pair of goals from Rutter, Foster, and Pickard, and Foster also contributed a helper. Junior Courtney Morgan (South Windsor, Conn.) picked up four ground balls and caused a turnover on defense, while Smith matched Barletta's career feat by redirecting 17 Bantam shots.

Connecticut College (3-7, NESCAC 0-6) will look to register its first NESCAC win of the season to get in the playoff hunt when it hosts No. 12 Bates on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.