NEW LONDON, Conn. – Regis College opened its season with an 11-8 victory over Mitchell College on Wednesday evening in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Connecticut College's Silfen Field.
With the contest tied at 8-8, the Pride scored three goals in the final 3:41 to seal the win. Brian Wagner and Michael Tremblay—who each netted hat tricks in the game—accounted for all three goals down the stretch. Wagner potted the game-winning goal and also added three assists in the contest.
Mitchell (0-4 overall) was paced by three goals from Kyle Marsh and two from Jake Karnes. Nick Loris and Ethan LePain also finished with a goal and assist apiece while Brandon Snyder chipped in a score.
The game started with 14 scoreless minutes before Regis got on the scoreboard twice in the final minute of the opening period. Tremblay broke the scoreless stalemate with his first tally of the day, and Michael Daras added another with 10 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The teams traded scores throughout the second quarter, with the Pride striking first to go up 3-0. Marsh got the Mariners on the board at the 10:08 mark off a feed from Loris, and after Regis answered with a strike by Paul Brennan, Snyder found the back of the cage with 2:45 left. Tremblay capped the first-half scoring with a tally with 49 seconds remaining that gave Regis at 5-2 lead at intermission.
Mitchell made up ground in the third quarter, outscoring Regis by a 4-2 margin. Karnes, LePain and Loris capped the stanza with consecutive goals as the Mariners pulled within one heading into the fourth.
Marsh tied the game at 7-7 in the opening minute of the final period, scoring from just outside the crease on a whirling shot. A minute later, the Pride responded with a man-up goal from Tucker Cherry to edge back into the lead. However, Marsh tied the game once again with an unassisted effort with 6:48 to play.
Wagner provided the go-ahead score with 3:41 left to put Regis on top for good. The Pride won the ensuing face-off, and Tremblay added an insurance marker less than a minute later. Wagner then put the icing on the cake with 1:21 to go for the three-goal cushion.
Regis went 16-for-22 in face-offs thanks to strong efforts from Cherry (6-for-6) and Wagner (10-for-16). George Nicolopoulos scooped up a game-high 11 ground balls, the majority coming on face-off opportunities.
Brendon Donahue picked up the win in his debut in goal, making 10 saves against 42 total shots. Mitchell goalie Marcel Quinlan finished with 10 stops against 41 total shots.
Mitchell will next host Northern Vermont University-Johnson on Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Regis returns to action at home against Lasell College on Saturday at noon.