Dominant Third Quarter Leads Bears to Victory

Jack Pope
Jack Pope

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard broke open a 4-3 game in the second half outscoring Eastern Connecticut 14-2 on their way to the 18-5 victory Wednesday evening at Cadet Memorial Field.

With the victory the Bears improve to 2-0 on the year while the Warriors drop to 1-1.

Sophomores Anthony Wyler and Jack Pope both broke the program's single game scoring record with five goals apiece giving Pope six on the season and Wyler five. Freshman Riley McNulty added two goals and two assists adding to his team leading 10 points. McNulty is tied for second in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in points.

Sophomore Benner Geurtsen had three points with two goals and an assist while junior TJ Varley scored his first two goals of the season.

Eastern was led by Junior Harrison Urda who scored three while sophomore Samuel Watson tallied the other two goals.

The first quarter was a defensive battle as both teams only notched one goal each. 

Coast Guard started off the second quarter scoring three consecutive goals taking a 4-1 lead with 7:21 left in the half. Pope had two of his five goals over this stretch.

The Warriors answered right before the half with Urda and Watson both scoring with under three minutes to go making the halftime score 4-3.

The Bears put their mark on the game in the third quarter outscoring Eastern 9-1 to take control of the game. Wyler scored three consecutive goals over a two minute stretch during the run to lead the way. 

The fourth quarter saw more of the same at the Coast Guard defense only allowed one more goal and scored five more for the 18-5 victory.

Sophomore Colin Cashin continues to dominate the faceoff winning 20-23 on the night with 14 groundballs. Both are career bests for him and are the second highest game totals in program history. He leads the NEWMAC with 18 groundballs and 29 won faceoffs on the season.

Sophomore Trey Johnson (2-0) continues his hot start to the season making seven saves and allowing four goals. His 3.02 goals against average is second in the NEWMAC while his save percentage (75.0) is third. Freshman Charles McCallister spelled Johnson in the fourth quarter allowing one goal and making two saves.

Junior Chris Gorman (1-1) allowed 16 goals and made 13 saves. Freshman Taylor Huta played the final 9:13 of the game allowing two goals and making two saves.

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday, March 4th, when they take on Catholic University in nonconference action. Opening faceoff is 1:00.

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