Trinity (Conn.) advances
Bantams defeat Saint Joseph’s (Maine), await Babson
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Freshman Timothy Shea scored the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute to lead Trinity (Conn.) to a 1-0 win against Saint Joseph's (Maine) in opening-round action of the NCAA tournament on Hartwell-Rogers Field at Babson on Saturday.
Trinity (11-5-2) advances to the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in program history, as the Bantams ended a five-game winning streak for St. Joseph's (14-6). The Bantams will face host Babson (16-2-3), ranked No. 11 in the nation, in the second round on Sunday.
After an uneventful first half, the Bantams started the second period by getting an early goal from Shea. Senior co-captain Dan Mayernick made a crisp pass to junior Anthony El-Hachem on a through ball toward the middle of the field before El-Hachem slid tapped it to Shea. The rookie forward perfectly placed a shot past Monks' sophomore goalkeeper Kenny Grade inside the left post from 15 yards out to give the Bantams what would prove to be the game's lone marker.
It was a frustrating first half for the Bantams, who missed out on several scoring opportunities, including a series of shots in the 12th minute. El-Hachem ripped a shot which was stopped by a diving Grade.
Trinity senior Mike Galluzo caught the rebound with the goalie out of net, but a Monk defender blocked the shot on the goal line and cleared it away. Trinity sophomore Christian Carrasquillo got a third shot off in the series, which sailed high and wide of the net, as the Monks escaped the early Trinity threat.
In 17th minute, Shea found himself in a one-on-one opportunity with Grade, but his shot sailed high above the crossbar. Saint Joseph's leading scorer, sophomore Zach Johnson responded by making a bid for his 18th goal of the season at the other end, but his hard shot sliced just wide of the left post.
Later in the first half, Shea got another shot off for Trinity, which Grade was there to stop again. His deflection went to the feet of Mayernick, who had an open right side of net, but his shot went too far right and cut past the post. Moments later, Monks sophomore Ross Suleski handled a perfect through ball and managed to get a strong shot off, but the ball was right at Trinity senior co-captain goalkeeper Grant Schonberg. Then just before the half, Bantams' sophomore defender Shaun McGann was able to loft a shot toward the top left corner of Saint Joseph's goal, but Grade was there again to punch the shot away to end the first period.
Both teams had additional offensive opportunities in the second half, but other than Shea's score, the defenses on both teams did not allow either offense to get clean looks that they had managed in the opening frame. Grade finished the game with five saves, while Schonberg made two stops for his ninth shutout of the season, breaking a Trinity individual season record. Schonberg passes Tom Hambrick-Stowe, who recorded eight shutouts in the 1999 season.