Gabriel Leads NEC Men’s Lacrosse Past Visiting Husson University

HENNIKER, N.H. – New England College senior John Gabriel (West Nyack, N.Y.) recorded five goals and dished out five assist leading the Pilgrims past the visiting Husson Universty Eagles 16-2 in men's lacrosse action Thursday evening.

The win is the fourth straight for the Pilgrims who improve to 6-3 overall.  The loss drops the Eagles to 1-7 on the season.

NEC would net four unanswered goals in the opening quarter, including a man-up goal by Gabriel, building the quick 4-0 lead.  The Pilgrims would tack on five more goals in the second, including two by senior Matt Carey (Medford, N.Y), giving NEC the 9-0 advantage heading into halftime.

Husson's Dillon Shaw (Augusta, Maine) would get the Eagles on the board early in the second half scoring his third goal of the season just 1:25 into the third quarter.  The Pilgrims would respond netting two third quarter goals extending their lead to 11-2 heading into the final quarter.

Husson would net their second goal of the evening 1:11 into the fourth quarter as Matt Sweeney (Norwood, Mass.) would record an unassisted goal.  NEC would continue the offensive attack in the fourth quarter closing out the game scoring the final five goals, including two by Ben Berry (Danvers, Mass.), eventually cruising to the 16-2 victory.

NEC finished the game out shooting Husson 47-21 and held the 49-29 advantage in ground balls.

NEC's Matt Carey and Steve Parsons (Townsend, Mass.) each finished with two goals and two assists, while Chris Harris (Baltimore, Md.) netted a goal and had two assists.

Picking up the win in net for NEC was Nick Aquaviva (Syracuse, N.Y.) who finished the afternoon with 11 saves.  Splitting time in goal for Husson was John Hooper  (Wakefield, R.I.) who recorded seven saves and Eric Lund (Mansfield, Mass.) who closed out the game with three saves.

NEC returns to action on Saturday, April 2 when they host conference foe Salve Regina University.  Husson  will open conference play hosting UMaine-Farmington on Saturday, April 2.