MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME MEN’S SOCCER
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Clean Harbors Stadium, Buzzards Bay, Mass.
FINAL: NICHOLS 4, MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME 2
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- Graduate student Ryan Banker (Ashaway, R.I.) netted a goal and an assist as Nichols scored three times in the final 13-plus minutes of the opening half to post a 4-2 non-league college men’s soccer victory over Massachusetts Maritime Wednesday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.
Senior Paul Sickinger (Tyngsboro, Mass.) staked the visiting Bison (3-2-1) to a 1-0 advantage just 9:07 into the match on a feed from sophomore Chris Noga (Belchertown, Mass.), but the host Buccaneers (1-3) evened matters just 27 seconds later when junior Zach O’Neil (Scituate, Mass.) took a pass from sophomore Adam Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) in front of the net for his first goal of the season. Banker gave Nichols the lead for good with a breakaway tally in the 32nd minute, and sophomore Corey McEvoy (Bohemia, N.Y.) extended that margin to 3-1 just 34 seconds later when he converted passes from Noga and freshman Ali Ali (West Springfield, Mass.). Senior Cooper Milano (Caldwell, N.J.) capped the visitors’ late first half outburst by converting a Banker feed that gave the Bison a 4-1 edge at the break, and senior Chris Beaulieu’s (Carver, Mass.) first goal of the season on a pass from freshman James Roland (Fairfield, Conn.) in the 70th minute accounted for the second Massachusetts Maritime marker of the night as well as the final score.
Sophomore Juan Carlos De La Cruz (Stamford, Conn.) made a pair of saves to earn the victory in goal for Nichols, while senior Mike Pruchnik (Rochester, Mass.) made nine stops in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime as the Bison outshot the Buccaneers by a 17-10 margin overall (13-4 on goal) and held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks for the contest.
Massachusetts Maritime travels to Fitchburg, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to take on Fitchburg State in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams that begins at 1:00 p.m., while Nichols entertains Wentworth in its Commonwealth Coast Conference opener on Saturday afternoon in Dudley, Mass. beginning at 2:00 p.m.