Bryant tops Mount St. Mary's for title
Dunster leads Bulldogs' charge by scoring game-high four goals
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Bryant jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, claiming the 2012 Northeast Conference Championship with a 12-6 victory against Mount St. Mary’s on Sunday afternoon at Joe Walton Stadium.
With the win, the Bulldogs finish their season with a 14-4 record and their first NEC title in any sport. Mount St. Mary’s, meanwhile, falls to 6-9 overall and 1-1 in NEC title games -- winning the inaugural bout last season.
Colin Dunster scored four goals, including three during a 10-1 run that spanned the first and second quarters. Dan Sipperly added three scores and an assist, while Max Weisenberg chipped in two goals.
For the Mount, Andrew Scalley led the squad with two goals and four points, while Brett Schmidt scored once and assisted on another.
Bryant controlled the pace of the game from the get-go, scoring six consecutive times while holding its opponents scoreless until the final minutes of the quarter, when Schmidt cashed in an unassisted strike at the 2:53 mark. The Bulldogs ended the frame up 7-1 and expanded that advantage to 10-1 following a three-goal spurt in the second.
After the break, Mount St. Mary’s started to fight back and made it a seven-goal deficit with back-to-back scores at 13:31 and 6:09. However, the Bulldog defense was up to the task and held the Mountaineers to just three goals over the remaining 21 minutes, sealing the program’s first-ever NEC Title.
In net, Jameson Love made five saves and helped the Bulldog defense kill off a pair of man-up opportunities (0-2). Mount sophomore Chris Klaiber recorded four saves and allowed 10 goals through 30 minutes of action before giving way to Adam Borgogelli, who played the second half with seven stops and two goals surrendered.
Bryant outshot Mount St. Mary’s 49-39, including 17-4 in the first quarter and 29-12 at the end of the opening half. The Bulldogs also held a 27-19 advantage in ground balls and won 16 of the game’s 22 faceoff attempts, all of which came via Kevin Massa.