DANBURY – The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team had the upper hand in most every category, but Western Connecticut State University had freshman goalie Perry Cassidy, who stopped 19 shots in leading the Colonials to a 10-7 Little East Conference victory Wednesday evening at the Westside Athletic Conference.
While Eastern (6-6, 2-2 LEC) nearly doubled Western's (5-7, 2-2 LEC) ground ball total, won 17 of 21 faceoffs, killed off all five of the Colonials' extra-man opportunities and outshot the Colonials by eight, Cassidy made 12 saves in a first half which ended in a tie, then shut out the Warriors in the third quarter when Western took the lead for good.
There were four ties and two lead changes before Western took the lead for good, 6-5, a minute into the second half. Cassidy shut out Eastern for 32 minutes from the final minutes of the first half through the opening three minutes of the fourth.
Freshman Connor Hillemeir (Farmington) won 11 of 14 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls for Eastern, with first-year sophomore Matt Robidoux (Cheshire) capturing six of seven from the faceoff X. Senior midfielder Harrison Urda (Milford, NH) had three goals and sophomore attack Ed Moran (West Haven) two, and junior goalie Chris Gorman (Shrewsbury, MA) made 11 saves.
Moran's goal with five minutes left in the first half gave the Warriors their final lead, 5-4, but sophomore Ryan Reulig tied it for Western a little over a minute later, then gave his team the lead for good, 6-5, a minute into the second half, and sophomore Eric Caldwell made it 7-5 three minutes later.
Eastern remains in conference play Saturday at 3 p.m. against visiting Plymouth State University.