Bears Drop First of the Season

Matty Johnson
Matty Johnson

NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Junior Riley McNulty led Coast Guard men's lacrosse with four goals and one assist as the Bears fell to RPI, 12-11 on Thursday afternoon at Cadet Memorial Field. The Bears are now 1-1, while the Engineers are 2-0.

McNulty also had three ground balls and Will Iorio had two goals and two assists. Ryan Gochar, Anthony Wyler, Matty Johnson, Benner Geurtsen, and Jack Pope all added a goal each for the Bears.

Lucas Bastarache, JT Kelly, Owen Putman, and Cliff Kigar led the Engineers with two goals each. Will Hatcher, Connor Schnapp, Trevor Tocchet, and Jason Bram all added one goal a piece in the Engineers victory.

The Bears were on the board first as Geurtsen and McNulty scored the first two goals at 11:42 and 10:07 to take the first lead of the game, 2-0. Cooper Urban found Bastarache to give the Engineers their first goal of the game at 5:49 to trail by one. McNulty answered as he scored his second of the game at 5:11 to hold a 3-1 lead. With under a minute remain in the quarter, Kelly scored for RPI with 49 seconds left and McNulty scored his third of the game with five second remaining to hold a 4-2 lead for the Bears.

McNulty extended the lead 5-2 to open the second quarter on a man-up opportunity. At 10:15 in the quarter, Kigar scored his first for the Engineers, sparking a four goal run as they took a 7-6 lead heading into halftime.

Putman scored his first of the game at 14:00 in the third quarter to extend the Engineers lead, 8-6. The Bears answered by scoring the next three goals to hold a 9-8 advantage. At 4:45 in the third, Bram scored an unassisted goal for RPI to tie the game 9-9, heading into the fourth quarter.

Matty Johnson opened the fourth quarter with his first goal of the season, giving the Bears a 10-9 advantage. However, RPI scored the next three goals to take the lead 12-10. Iorio pulled the Bears within one, 12-11 with 1:37 remaining but the Engineers held on for the 12-11 final.

Coast Guard senior goalie Trey Johnson made 11 saves and is now 1-1 on the season.
The Engineers sophomore Brian Doughty made two saves in the first half and freshman Kyle Botsford made eight saves in the second half.

Coast Guard outshot RPI, 60-34 and in ground balls, 27-17.

The Bears are back in action this Saturday, March 3 at 3:30 PM when they travel to McDaniel.