Zach Gray – Sports Editor
The men’s lacrosse season came to an abrupt end Tuesday afternoon, as Becker College defeated Lasell 12-8 in the quarterfinals of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship. The Lasers finish the season with an 8-8 record in conference play, as the Hawks stand at 6-10.
Freshman Casey Sullivan led Lasell in scoring with three goals. Sophomore Andy Puopolo was credited with two assists on the afternoon. Becker’s John DeAngelis had a game-high four goals, as David Deschenes had a game-high three assists. Lasell sophomore goalie David Walen led in saves with 10, but the effort wasn’t enough for the Lasers.
Lasell started the scoring with a quick goal 30 seconds into the game from sophomore Robbie Palazzo (Puopolo was on the assist). Becker responded with two goals at 12:35 and 11:30 in the first quarter, putting the Hawks up, 2-1. Sullivan’s first of three goals tied the game at two, but Becker regained the lead with less than a minute remaining. With five seconds remaining in the first, Sullivan tied the game, 3-3.
The second quarter was closely contested at first, as both teams scored a goal. Becker would score three unanswered goals in 2:32, putting the hawks up 7-4. But the Lasers responded with three goals, including a buzzer-beating goal from sophomore Dylan Fernandes (Sullivan on the assist) to put the teams tied at seven going into the half.
The third quarter opened with no goals for eight minutes. After the scoring drought, Becker strung together another three straight goals to give the Hawks a 10-7 lead. Lasell responded with a man-up goal from Palazzo with less than a minute remaining in the third, cutting the deficient to two.
Becker racked up another two goals in the final quarter of play, one at 12:19 and the other with 0:46 remaining. The two goals gave Becker the 12-8 win.
Becker will play in the GNAC semifinals on Thursday, April 25.