NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard earns there first ever NEWMAC victory as they beat Emerson 18-4 Saturday afternoon at Cadet Memorial Field.
With the win the Bears improve to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in NEWMAC play. The Lions drop to 5-9 on the season and 0-5 in conference action.
Senior Pat Dreiss had a game high three goals while juniors Robert McKenna, Justin Huemme, and sophomore Ryan Guinee had two goals and an assist. Sophomore Blaise Curtis and freshman Alec Groff each had two goals. Freshman Matt Huemme added a goal and a game high three assists.
Sophomore Calvin Bussiere led the Lions with two goals and four ground balls. Freshman Diego Rosende had a goal and an assist. Freshman Peter Negri scored Emerson's only other goal.
The Bears ran out to 4-0 lead in the first half as Justin Huemme and McKenna each scored goals in the first two minutes of the game. Dreiss added two tallies with his last one coming with 2:48 left in the first quarter.
Emerson got one back just before the end of the first as Bussiere took a pass from junior Conor Judge for his first of the game, making the score 4-1 going into the second quarter.
Bussiere would take advantage of a man up opportunity as Rosende found him in front of the net, cutting Coast Guards lead in half.
With the score 4-2 the Bears came roaring back answering the Lions two scores with 11 unanswered goals going into the fourth quarter. Groff and Curtis had two goals and Guinee had two goals and an assist over this stretch. Matt Huemme added a goal and an assist.
Both teams traded goals in the final part of the fourth quarter as Coast Guard outscored Emerson 3-2 making the final score 18-4. Freshman TJ Varley scored his second collegiate goal with 3:27 left in the game.
Senior Nick Chicoine was 17-20 on face offs and collected a game high ten ground balls. Chicoine leads the NEWMAC with 92 groundballs and is third in the nation with 9.38 ground balls per game.
The Bears were dominant in a number of statistical categories as they collected more ground balls (50-18), outshot the Lions (57-19), and only missed one clear attempt (11-12).
Freshman Kurt Kaminke allowed a career low two goals making two saves on four shots faced earning his second win of the season (2-4). Sophomore Matt McAllister came in midway through the fourth quarter making two saves on four shots faced.
Sophomore goalie Jordan Maue made 14 saves on 32 shots faced dropping his season record to 2-5.
Coast Guard returns to action on Wednesday, April , 22nd when they host Mass. Maritime in NEWMAC action. Game time is 7:00 at Cadet Memorial Field.