PETER PRENDERGAST ’16
On Wednesday, April 24, the Trinity Men’s Lacrosse team wrapped up their 2013 season with a close win over Amherst College. This final matchup for the Bantams, which was played at home, proved that Trinity is still a team that can compete at a high level in the NESCAC, despite a slow start and a weak record this season.
Following a loss to Hamilton a week earlier, the Bantams took the home field hoping to end the season with a win. Trinity struck first, with two early goals from senior attackman Rob Nogueras ’13, assisted on the second by Matthew Hauck ’15. The Bantams finished the first quarter tied at five with Amherst, thanks to three goals from Matt Cohen ’13, Tim Reichert ’13 and Hauck. Both teams played hard in the second quarter, both scoring several goals. Cohen dominated the Bantam offense with three more goals before halftime, giving Trinity a score of 8 to Amherst’s 10. Freshman Henry Coote ’16 made his first starting appearance in goal and played the entirety of the game’s first half. He logged four saves.
In the second half, Amherst maintained a small lead, as Trinity fought hard to keep the deficit low. Nogueras, Nick Shaheen ’13 and Dominic Piselli ’13 combined efforts for an additional five goals in the third quarter. However as the fourth quarter commenced with Trinity down 15-13, the Bantams knew they had to push forward to win. Hauck was able to put one past the Amherst goalie on an assist by freshman Michael McQuiston ’16. With three and a half minutes left in regulation time, junior attackman Chase Growney ’15 scored, followed by Hauck with two minutes left to tie the game at 16. Finally, in overtime, captain Nick Shaheen drove in a goal, assisted by fellow senior Matt Cohen, for the win and the end of the 2013 Trinity Men’s Lacrosse season.
Nogueras and Cohen each finished the day with four goals in addition to one assist. Shaheen and Huack also had hat tricks on Saturday. Shaheen added an assist, a caused turnover, and one groundball. Huack accumulated two assists. Makar Zaverucha, who relieved Coote of his duties in the second half, finished with seven saves on thirteen shots.
The Bantams have wrapped their season up with a 5-10 overall record, finishing 9th in the NESCAC, with a conference record of 3-7. With losses to teams like Tufts, Williams, Western New England and Connecticut College, the Bantams will be looking at what they can improve on in the off season and how to come back stronger than ever next season. While players, students and fans are somewhat disappointed by the squads overall performance this year, there is now doubt that the Men’s Lacrosse team can rally next season to regain their rightful place as one of the conference’s most feared opponents. As the game against Amherst marks the final collegiate lacrosse game for seniors Nick Shaheen, Tim Reichert, Rob Nogueras, Jeff Herbert, Dom Piselli, Drew Grombala, T.J. Cholnokey, Chris Novick, Matt Cohen, and Ben Khouri, there is no doubt that 2014 could bring a new era of Trinity Lacrosse. With seasoned veterans, new talents and incoming recruits, the Bantams will be fighting hard to win the NESCAC and appear again in the NCAA tournament.