BRISTOL, R.I. -- Three days after clamping down on Anna Maria College in a six-goal non-conference win, Eastern Connecticut State University couldn't solve the defense of Roger Williams University, going over 20 minutes between goals in a 10-5 loss Tuesday afternoon.
After Roger Williams (4-3) scored four minutes into play, neither team was able to break through until Eastern (3-4) tied the match six minutes later. The Warriors went cold after that, with the Hawks answering with the next six goals – closing out the first quarter with a pair and shutting out Eastern in the second period to move out to a 7-1 lead after 30 minutes.
The Warriors made a run in the second half, scoring four of the first five goals of the second half to pull to within 8-5 before the hosts scored twice ten seconds apart in the final minutes to secure their third straight win over Eastern after losing the first four in the series.
Having won 65.1 percent of its faceoffs this year, Eastern was successful on only five of 18 Tuesday, primarily against Roger Williams sophomore Harrison Levesque, who entered the game with a winning percentage of 57.9.
After senior midfielder Harrison Urda (Milford, NH) recorded his team-leading 14th and 15 goals of the season to open the fourth quarter and cut Roger Williams' lead to three (8-5), Levesque won the ensuing draw on a violation but a blocked shot returned possession to Eastern. Urda's bid for a third straight goal was stopped by RWU junior goalie Weston Nolan. Presented with a one-minute man-up opportunity soon after, Eastern turned the ball over and the Hawks capitalized by scoring twice in a span of ten seconds. After freshman Tim Mullane connected on his fourth goal of the match to make it 9-5 with 1:34 left, sophomore Brian Brockwell picked up the ground ball on the only faceoff he took, and got the ball to sophomore Jude Marzec contributed his only goal of the match to seal the victory.
Urda finished with two goals, with freshman attack Jake Liebowitz (Trumbull) the only other Eastern player with more than one point, scoring one goal and assisting on one.
Junior goalie Chris Gorman (Shrewsbury, MA) was credited with five saves, with sophomore midfielder Anthony Choronzy (Clinton) and freshman midfielder Connor Hillemeir (Farmington) each winning five ground balls and Urda and senior defenseman Brandon Klett (West Hartford) each picking up four. Junior long-stick Trevor Ross (Stratford) caused three turnovers.
Eastern visits Mount Ida College Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. before opening its home season against four-time defending Little East Conference champion Keene State College Match 30 at 1 p.m.