WNEU
Caruso

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Owen Caruso scored a career-high four goals to lead top-seeded Western New England to a 17-3 victory against fifth-seeded Gordon in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament on Wednesday afternoon.

No. 16 Western New England (11-4) held a commanding 54-21 advantage in shots and outscored Gordon 9-0 in the second half to advance to the CCC final for the fourth time in the last five years.

Corbett Corrigan Harreys contributed three goals and two assists while Joe O’Keefe added three goals and an assist. Patrick White chipped-in with two goals and two assists. James Reardon had a goal and three assists.

Western New England dominated the face-offs by a 19-6 margin with Joe Martin taking 15-of-17 with nine ground balls.

Brewster Knowlton compiled eight saves in 43 minutes, 17 seconds to raise his record to 6-3. Brandon Body played the final 16:43 and stopped three shots for the Golden Bears.

Caruso gave WNE a 1-0 lead just 1:26 into the game before Matt Dantona tied the score 59 seconds later. Caruso fired in his second goal at the 11:25 mark and O’Keefe found the net at 9:17 to give the Golden Bears a 3-1 lead after the opening period.

After the teams traded goals early in the second stanza, Wes Chittick pulled the Fighting Scots within 4-3 with 6:07 left before the break.

Western New England reeled off the last four goals of the quarter, including the first goal of the season by Jack Liacos, to take an 8-3 lead at intermission.

Harreys tallied a pair of goals in the first 6:01 of the third period as the Golden Bears stretched their margin to 13-3 heading into the final period. Garrett Mullins notched his first collegiate goal in the fourth quarter.

Dantona finished with a goal and assist for Gordon while Ian Knechtle picked-up seven ground balls. Houston Zemanski made 12 saves in a losing effort for the Fighting Scots.