NEW LONDON, Conn. – The 19th ranked Coast Guard Academy Men's lacrosse team came out firing on all cylinders Friday night behind John Tarzian, who scored a game-high six points (4 goals, 2 assists), cruising past Central Connecticut 20-3 at Cadet Memorial Field.
Coast Guard picked up its first win of the season and are now 1-3 on the year.
Ryan Carpenter had 15 saves in goal, while Nick Chicoine went 11-14 (79%) at the face-off. E.J. Schmid and Stu Carley chipped in with five and four points respectively.
"After a challenging travel schedule and the weather we've had in Connecticut, I was just very proud of how the team executed from the start," head coach Gary Weller said.
Coast Guard opened up the game in a post-Spring Break haze taking a penalty and quickly falling behind 1-0. However, the Bears regrouped and went on a 6-0 run sparked by Tarzian – who scored Coast Guard's first goal and was involved in the next two. The first quarter ended with the Bears ahead at 7-2.
Comparatively, Coast Guard's offense was subdued in the second stanza scoring only three goals. However, it was Schmid that provided the spark - contributing on two of those goals to make it 10-2 at the half.
Coast Guard had a big third quarter outscoring CCSU 6-1. Tarzian had two goals in the quarter – including one off a nice dodge and dump from Patrick Dreiss.
As well as Coast Guard was playing on the offensive end of the field, its young defense was just as impressive holding the Blue Devils to just three goals. Coast Guard used two goalies in the game, with starter Carpenter earning the win with 15 saves in 45 minutes of action. Jacob Lee came in to relieve Carpenter and stopped four shots in 15 minutes of scoreless play.
The Bears are back in action against Stonehill College on Saturday at noon at W. B. Mason Stadium in Easton, Mass.