BIDDEFORD, Maine -- University of New England first-year Dan Auger (Nashua, N.H.) scored a career-best five goals to help power the Nor'easters to a 16-9 win over Curry College in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's lacrosse action Tuesday afternoon (April 15) at the Big Blue Turf.
UNE won for the second straight start to improve its record to 5-10 overall and 2-4 in conference play. The Colonels (5-9, 0-6 CCC) fell for the seventh consecutive time.
Auger added three assists to his five-goal output to finish with the UNE's second-highest all-time single-game output in points (8). Senior Patrick Wolfe (Phippsburg, Maine) had four goals and two assists, while classmate Dan O'Gorman (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and first-year Andy Curro (Niskayuna, N.Y.) each added two goals and two assists.
Senior Harrison Foster (Saddle River, N.J.) and junior Sean Ahern (Natick, Mass.) tallied two goals apiece to pace the Curry attack.
UNE built a 3-2 advantage after one quarter, then seized control with five markers in the second frame. After Auger and Ahern swapped goals to make the score 4-3 in favor of Big Blue, the Nor'easters converted four straight times to assume an 8-3 cushion. Wolfe, Auger, senior Nick Gross (Kennebunk, Maine) and O'Gorman found the cage during the spurt.
Ahern would score his second goal of the period with 35 seconds remaining to cut the Colonels' deficit to four (8-4) heading into intermission.
UNE outscored Curry 3-2 in the third but surrendered the initial goal of the fourth quarter to remain on top by a four-goal margin (11-7). The Nor'easters would reel off five goals in a stretch of 4:07 to put the game away. Auger notched a pair of scores during the spurt, and rookie Remy Watt (Merrimack, N.H.) came up with his first collegiate goal to help fuel the outburst.
O'Gorman won 10 of 13 face-offs and led UNE with six ground balls. Sophomore Nick George (Simsbury, Conn.) played a strong game in Big Blue's defensive end with four caused turnovers and three ground balls.
For Curry, first-year Daniel Wise (Smithfield, R.I.) came up with four ground balls and caused three turnovers.
Sophomore John Dusel (Wilbraham, Mass.) had 10 saves to record the win in goal for UNE, while junior Daniel Martin (Pittsfield, Mass.) registered 12 stops for the Colonels, who are scheduled to host Nichols College on Thursday (April 17) at 7 p.m.
The Nor'easters return to action Saturday (April 19) when they take on Western New England University. Start time at the Big Blue Turf is slated for 4 p.m. (Game Recap Courtesy of the University of New England Sports Information)