NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard, down 5-4 at the half, used eight second half goals to secure a nonconference victory 12-6 over cross-town rival Mitchell at Cadet Memorial Field.
With the win the Bears improve to 6-3 on the season while the Mariners fall to 2-5 overall.
Freshman Ian Logan led the Bears with a hat trick including the eventual game winner in the third quarter. He is now third on the team with 14 goals on the season. Senior Louis DePaolis had three points with two goals and an assist. His 20 goals is currently fifth in the NEWMAC. Senior Justin Huemme had two goals giving him 15 on the season.
Freshman Owen LaPorte had a team high two goals and one assists for Mitchell while senior Dan DiGioia and freshman Jacob Setzko each had a goal and an assist.
The Bears had an early lead with 3:01 to go in the first half as Logan scored his second goal of the game unassisted giving Coast Guard a one goal advantage at 4-3.
The Mariners however finished the half with momentum scoring two goals 22 seconds apart with LaPorte tallying one (2:29) and freshman Kyle Marsh scoring a man-up goal (2:07) giving Mitchell the 5-4 halftime lead.
In the second half, Coast Guard took the lead back with 10:18 left in the third quarter at 6-5 and would not relinquish it allowing only one second half goal to the Mariners for a 12-6 victory.
Freshman Trey Johnson (5-2) made one save on seven shots faced. He continues to lead the NEWMAC in goals-against average (6.39), is tied for first in save percentage (59.3) and is second in goals allowed (44) . As of April 6th, Johnson was 10th in the nation in goals-against average and tied for 23rd in save percentage.
Junior JD LeMay (2-5) had at least 20 saves for the third time this season stopping 20 of 32 Coast Guard shots faced. LeMay is 35th in the nation in saves per game (13.40).
The Bears defense was stout especially in the second half causing 12 turnovers with freshman Connor Ellis leading the way with five. Coast Guard is first in the (NEWMAC) with 107 caused turnovers on the year and is 18th in the nation in caused turnovers per game. Ellis is second in the conference with 20 caused turnovers of his own.
As a team the Bears dominated the face-off winning 20-21 with freshman Colin Cashin going 13-14 and junior Dan Fiorvanti a perfect 6-6. Cashin is third in the NEWMAC with 93 won face-offs and 48 groundballs.
Coast Guard returns to Cadet Memorial Field this weekend with a NEWMAC game against the Clark Cougars. Game time is 1:00.