McKenna Scores Five, Union Dumps Naz
from press release
PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Led by a five-goal effort from junior attack Ted McKenna, and 11 saves from junior goaltender Sean Aaron, the Union men's lacrosse team (13-4, 4-2 Liberty League) earned a 15-7 win over Nazareth (11-7, 6-2 Empire 8) in the first round of the Division III NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament. The win was Union's first in NCAA Tournament play. The Dutchmen are making their first appearance in the 31-year history of the Division III tournament.
Union will take on defending national champion Tufts in the second round on Saturday in Medford, Mass. Game time will be announced on Thursday.
"It was a great effort by the kids for being the first time in the tournament," said Union head coach Paul Wehrum. "It's a great way to get it started. It's unbelievable to be the first Union team that's been in the playoffs. The kids are working hard, and there's a lot of excitement around campus."
Union recorded its first win against Nazareth in three meetings with the Golden Flyers. The last time the two teams met was in the first round of the ECAC Upstate Tournament in 2008, when Nazarath recorded a 15-5 win in Schenectady. With 13 wins, the Dutchmen have set a new school record for victories in a single season.
"They're a great offensive team. (Nazareth head coach) Rob Randall played for me, he was an All-American for me at Herkimer and I couldn't be prouder of him," Wehrum said. "He's one of the finest men in lacrosse. Competing against him, now we're 1-1. The last time we played he beat us. For a school like Union, where we're working to build a tradition, this was big."
Freshman midfielder Jonathan Andrews added three goals, and sophomore midfielder Kyle Christine had five ground balls and went 12-for-19 on faceoffs to lead the Dutchmen, who were 16-for-26 in the faceoff circle for the game.
Union took control of the contest in the first half, running out to a 7-2 lead after one quarter of play.
Senior attack Brendan Kinnane scored Union's first ever goal in NCAA competition, giving the Dutchmen a 1-0 lead at 1:26 of the first quarter. Nazareth answered on its first possession on a goal from Scott Castle, but Union ran off the next six goals in the contest.
Union leading scorer Ted McKenna struck for the first of his three first half goals at 3:46. McKenna followed with a rebound goal at 6:04, scooping up a loose ball off a Kinnane shot and firing it past Nazareth goaltender Tim Doyle.
After Union's Taylor Galbraith struck at 7:48, McKenna scored again, running out from behind the Nazareth net for a point blank shot at 8:24 to put the Dutchmen up 5-1.
Freshmen Nate Greenberg (man-up) and Andrews followed with back-to-back goals, chasing Doyle out of the net in favor of Grant Williams. Nazareth's Joe Jacobs-Federbar stopped the Union run with six seconds remaining in the first quarter, cutting the lead to 7-2.
The Golden Flyers scored two of the next three goals in the second quarter cut Union's lead to four, but it would be the closest that Nazareth would get for the remainder of the contest. Andrews scored his third goal of the game at 4:36, and Santangelo followed with another strike with seven seconds left in the half to put Union up 10-4.
Union controlled the pace of the game with long possessions in the second half, holding the Golden Flyers to three goals in the final 30 minutes. In the third quarter, McKenna scored his fourth and fifth goals of the game at 8:26 and 3:28 to push Union's lead to 12-5 after Nazareth's Nate DeLone had opened the half with a goal at 11:40. Union's Nolan Connors, Will Mahony and Pat DeBenedetto scored in the fourth quarter, while Collin Clark added two for Nazareth in the final frame.
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