Bristol, R.I. – Despite a late rally from Roger Williams, the Trinity College men's lacrosse team held on for a 10-6 victory on Saturday afternoon in Rhode Island. Trinity improves to 3-7 with the win while Roger Williams falls to 7-5.
The Bantams controlled the game early, scoring three unanswered goals in the opening period. Freshman Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.), senior captain Ryan DeSimone (St. James, N.Y.), and senior captain Michael McQuiston (Greenwich, Conn.) each tallied scores for Trinity in the period to give the visitors the early lead.
The Hawks finally got on the board five minutes into the second quarter, with Nick Gagnon (Milton, Mass.) ripping a shot into the upper right corner for his 26th goal of the season. Junior Stefan Pappas (Millstone, N.J.) answered less than a minute later to bring the Bantam lead back up to three.
Eric Valenti (North Reading, Mass.) and Justin MacIntyre (Norwalk, Conn.) each followed with goals for the Hawks before sophomore John Caraviello (Wellesley, Mass.) tallied the last goal of the half for Trinity as the Bantams entered the break leading by only two.
Despite Trinity only scoring once in the third quarter, a man-up goal by Knaus, Roger Williams wasn't able to capitalize as the Hawks failed to score in the period.
Roger Williams would make up for the scoring deficit by getting three goals in the fourth quarter. Eddie Hill (Somers, Conn.) scored twice in the final three minutes of the game to bring RWU within three (6-9) with 2:25 to play. However, Trinity put four goals on the board in the quarter, including a goal with 1:23 left by Knaus to help give the Bantams the win.
Knaus finished with three goals on the day, while Pappas scored twice. Senior goalie Henry Coote (Wayne, Pa.) stopped 13 shots including a number of attempts at point-blank range.
Trinity returns to action on Tuesday when they host the Wesleyan University Cardinals at 4 p.m.