BOSTON, Mass. – In only their second year at the varsity level, Coast Guard clinched their first winning season in program history with a 19-3 win over Emerson in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
With the win the Bears improve to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Lions drop their twelfth game in a row falling to 0-12 on the season and 0-5 in the NEWMAC.
Freshman Anthony Wyler scored a career high four goals while classmate Cole Hudson had a game and career high five points with three goals and two assists. Senior Louis DePaolis tallied three goals and an assist for his fourth hat trick of the season. DePaolis is tied for fourth in the conference with 27 goals on the season. Freshman Connor Ellis notched his first two points of his career with two assists.
Senior Nicholas Kitsos had a team high two points with a goal and an assist while junior Austin Max and sophomore Jack Bushell each had a goal for Emerson.
It was a 1-1 game early on as the Lions took advantage of a man-up opportunity with a Bushell goal assisted by senior Conor Judge with 9:52 to go in the first quarter.
The Bears took control of the game from this point forward scoring 13 straight goals on their way to the 19-3 victory.
Freshman Trey Johnson (8-4) started the first half making a save and allowing one goal on two shots. Sophomore Kurt Caminske played the third quarter allowing two goals and making one save and freshman Connor Hoehle finished up the game allowing zero goals and making two saves in the final quarter.
Johnson leads the NEWMAC with a 7.01 goals-against average and is third in the conference with 80 goals against. His goals-against average is 19th in the nation.
Freshman Bailey Kennedy (0-11) made 18 saves on 37 shots faced allowing 19 goals.
Ellis also led the Bears to a season high 22 caused turnovers as he tallied a Coast Guard record 10 caused turnovers in one game. This week alone Ellis has had 17 caused turnovers, 17 ground balls and two assists. As of April 23rd he was 16th in the nation averaging 2.69 caused turnovers per game and the defensive unit is 20th in the NCAA with 11.92 as a whole.
Coast guard won 15-26 face offs with freshman Colin Cashin going 8-9 with a team high six ground balls. The Bears were also perfect on clear attempts (21-21) and took a season high 62 shots.
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday April 27th, as they travel to Buzzard's Bay for a NEWMAC tilt with Mass. Maritime. Game time is 7:00 pm.