Dickinson edges past Vassar
Gaughran, Mena score for Devils before moving to second round
MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Dickinson, making its third appearance in the NCAA tournament, opened the postseason with a 2-1 win against Vassar on Saturday afternoon. The Red Devils, ranked 16th in the latest NSCAA Coaches poll, improved to 11-4-5 overall with the win.
Dickinson struck first on a set piece as junior Aidan Gaughran scored on a header off the serve from classmate Nicolas Tierno in the 23rd minute.
Vassar wasted little time netting an equalizer as Sam McCarthy evened the game off an assist from Dante Varotsis less than two minutes later. The teams went in to halftime with the score still locked at 1-1.
The Devils' leading scorer came through once again as sophomore Javier Mena placed a shot in the upper left corner, finishing an assist from classmate Jamie Martin in the 67th minute. The Devils held for the remainder of the contest, posting the third NCAA win in program history.
The Devils held a slim advantage in shots 11-8 while adding a 5-4 edge in corners. Junior Cody Hickok made three saves in the net for Dickinson while Ryan Grimme finished with a pair of saves for Vassar (11-6-3).