Union (N.Y.) sets school victory record, defeats New England 24-4
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Union (N.Y.) advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 24-4 win against New England College on Wednesday at Frank Bailey Field. With the win, Union set a school record for victories in a season, improving to 14-3. New England ended its campaign at 14-4.
The ninth-ranked Dutchmen recorded a season-high 24 goals to remain perfect at home (8-0) this year.
A total of 16 different Dutchmen recorded at least one goal, including Nolan Stauffer, who led the way with a hat trick. Alex D'Amario scored his first goal of the season while Jack O'Connor and Lance Lonergan each recorded their first career collegiate goals.
The Dutchmen started strongly, scoring five unanswered goals in the first ten minutes, including a man up tally by Paul Alberti. Union continued its frantic pace in the second quarter as Greg Mooney's man-up goal started another six-goal streak to put Union up at halftime 14-2.
Union tallied quick goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter to take a 16-2 lead before Adam Shute finished off his hat trick by registering his 67th goal of the season. Union tacked on four more goals in the fourth quarter for its largest margin of victory in 2014.
All-American candidate Stefan Basile started in net for Union before giving way to senior Devyn Jefferies, who made eight saves in 40:55 of action.
Union will face Amherst -- a 13-10 winner against Colorado College -- on Saturday at a site to be determined.