Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's lacrosse team crushed the Wheaton College Lyons, 23-4, on Tuesday night at Jessee/Miller Field on Trinity's campus in Hartford. The Bantams improve to 5-3 overall with the win while the Lyons fall to 5-2 on the year. Trinity returns to action on Saturday for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) battle in Maine versus Bowdoin College.
The Bantams held the Lyons to just one goal in the first half and three in the second, opening up a 14-1 lead at the half in a game that was never in doubt. Four Bantams tallied hat tricks as seniors John Caraviello (Wellesley, Mass.) and Ben Knaus (Ross, Calif.), sophomore Drew Kozub (Hopkinton, Mass.) and rookie Connor McCulloch (Alexandria, Va.) each found the back of the net three times to lead Trinity offensively. Knaus also tallied a pair of assists.
Senior Scott Morgan (East Grand Rapids, Mich.) was once again dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 17-of-22 faceoffs and recording a game-high 14 ground balls. Senior Alexander Notman (Wellesley Hills, Mass.) and first-year Graham Penfield (Sharon, Vt.) both caused a pair of turnovers for Trinity while senior Greg Barletta (Dedham, Mass.) recorded seven saves to earn his second win of the year in net.
Trinity jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the opening period led by a pair of goals each from Caraviello and McCulloch. McCulloch had the play of the day, scooping up a rebound on a shot from Caraviello that hit off the pipe and ripping a shot from between his legs that went past the Wheaton goalie and into the back of the net for the score.
The Bantams exploded for nine goals in the second quarter before scoring nine more in the second half. Rookie Brooks Yates (Ridgewood, N.J.) recorded his first career goal in the fourth quarter to put the Bantams ahead 21-4 before goals by sophomore Morty Fearey (Duxbury, Mass.) and rookie Harrison Ike (Allentown, Pa.) capped off the scoring output for the night.