May 9, 2018

NEC Men's Lacrosse Ends Season with Second Round Loss to RIT

The New England College men's lacrosse team saw its memorable season come to a close with a 26-3 loss to #1 Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament.

The loss snaps a 16-game winning streak for the Pilgrims, who end the season with a 16-5 record. NEC advanced to the second round against RIT with the program's first-ever NCAA tournament win on Tuesday. RIT remains undefeated and advances to the third round with a 19-0 record.

The Pilgrims received goals by Patrick Storie (Williamstown, Mass.), Matt Richard (Weare, N.H.) and Charles Hacking (Canterbury, N.H.). Jacob Blanchette (Weare, N.H.) dished out an assist on Storie's goal.

Richard wraps up a stellar career for the Pilgrims with 417 career points. He left his mark on the NCAA Division III record book in Tuesday's first round game with his 93rd assist of the season, breaking a 19-year-old record for assists in a season. It also marks the final game for senior Tom Zervos (Montreal, Quebec). 

Ryan Tandy led the Tigers with five goals and four assists for nine points. Kyle Killen scored five times with an assist for six points, while Ryan Barnable also had six points on three goals and three assists. Twelve different players scored for RIT in the win.

William Platt (San Francisco, Calif.) had a busy day in net, facing 40 shots on net and stopping 14 of them.

Platt recorded his 200th save of the season with his first stop of the game. He will enter his senior season next year 70 saves shy of entering the Pilgrims' career saves top three.

RIT's Walker Hare stopped two shots in the first half to earn the win. He was relieved in the second half by Holden McDonald, who added three saves.

--Courtesy of NEC Sports Information