Men's Lacrosse falls to Dean in NECC Finals

Avyay Chaganty

THE BASICS
Score: Dean College 20, Becker College 8
Records: Dean College (10-4), Becker College (3-13)
Location: Grant Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Powered by a trio of monster individual performances, Dean College used an explosive offensive attack to pull away from Becker College and lay claim to the 2018 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men's lacrosse championship with a 20-8 triumph on a sun-splashed Grant Field on Saturday afternoon.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Brody Fredericks (Weare, N.H.) racked up a career-best ten points, while teammate Anthony Trasacco (Cheshire, Conn.) added ten points as well and Marcus Richardson (Newton, Mass.) saved his career-best effort for his final collegiate contest, pumping in five goals of his own.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The Hawks came out ready and took the early action to Dean, playing more aggressively and it worked as they got back-to-back goals from Avyay Chaganty (Bridgewater, N.J.) and Jack Schneider (Morrisville, Vt.) to take a 2-1 lead less than five minutes into the game.

Five minutes later, Trasacco scored his second of the afternoon to even the score but Desrochers put Becker back in front with an end-to-end rush and tally.

With less than 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Fredericks kicked off a stretch over the next two periods that saw Dean seize control of the game by scoring 14 of the next 15 goals.

After Fredericks' first goal, he added another with help from Trasacco less than a minute into the second quarter that put the Bulldogs in front for good.

A scoreless five-minute stretch was followed by six goals by Dean in the next five minutes beginning with tallies from Richardson (2), Trasacco (2), James Lovely (Hopedale, Mass.) and another from Fredericks that made the score 11-4.

Nicholas Mariano (Cranston, R.I.) finally broke the Bulldog scoring run before the half ended with help from Blake Gordon (East Greenbush, N.Y.).

Any thoughts of a Hawks comeback were thwarted in the third period as Dean outscored Becker, 7-0, led by a trio of markers from Richardson, a pair from Fredericks and single strikes from Trasacco and Conor Rooney (Jamestown, R.I.).

Trailing 18-5 entering the fourth, Becker did get the first two goals of the period as both Gordon and Chaganty found the back of the net.

Finally, Trasacco and Rooney got those two goals back before Gordon scored as the final horn sounded.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The faceoff spot was a virtual draw as Dean's Juniel Jordan (Kingston, Mass.) (13) and a host of Hawks (14) split the 27 faceoffs.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs held advantages in shots (55-32) and groundballs (33-27) while forcing 23 Becker turnovers.
In addition to Dean's three-headed monster, Lovely totaled a goal, two assists and six ground balls.

Goalkeeper Madison Olsen (Norton, Mass.) had another stellar afternoon in between the pipes for the Bulldogs, totaling 14 saves.

For the Hawks, Chaganty, Gordon and Schneider all had two goals while Cruz Desrochers (Malden, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Avyay Chaganty, Becker College
Joseph Linnehan, Becker College
Jesse McKeever, Mitchell College
Trey McMillan, Becker College
Nicholas Mariano, Becker College
Madison Olsen, Dean College
Michael Patrizzo, Dean College
Marcel Quinlan, Mitchell College
Marcus Richardson, Dean College
Anthony Trasacco, Dean College

TOURNAMENT MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Brody Fredericks, Dean College