NEW LONDON, Conn. – UConn men's lacrosse team, ranked 16th in DI, jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held off Coast Guard 10-9 in the season opener at Conn. College.
Coast Guard's Cadet Memorial Field still covered in snow, moved the game to Conn. College.
Sophomore Justin Heumme scored the Bears first goal of the game and Coast Guard came out hot in the second quarter to cut the lead to 5-4, but trailed 7-4 at halftime.
Junior John Tarzian, a new member of the Coast Guard team, who also plays soccer for the Bears, scored back-to-back goals on feeds from classmate Patrick Dreiss and senior Paul Dell'isola to pull to within 7-6.
UConn was awarded a man-up opportunity and they took advantage of it with less than a minute to go to end the third quarter up 8-6.
Senior Stuart Carley scored on the crease and feed from sophomore Kyle Carosotto before sophomore Robert McKenna score to tie it up 8-8.
The Huskies took a 9-8 lead before the Bears tied the game on a goal by Tarzian from Dreiss with 3:54 left, but UConn would score the final goal of the game to hold off the Bears.
Tarzian led the Bears with four points in his lacrosse debut with three goals and one assist while freshman Ryan Carpenter made 19 saves in his collegiate debut.
Senior Eric Schmid and Heumme each added two goals for the Bears.
Junior Nick Chicoine won 15 of 16 face offs to lead the Bears while sophomore Jeff Bors led the team with five ground balls.
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they host DI University of Rhode Island at 6 p.m.