LEICESTER, Mass.- Becker College fell to Nichols College 18-3 in non-conference men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field. The win lifts the Bison's record to 8-7 while the Hawks fall to 3-10.
The Bison responded 32 seconds later on a Jack Zaremski (Dorchester, Mass.) tally, knotting the game at 1-1. Nichols took the lead at the 11:10 mark when Tyler Sikich (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) tickled the twine on pass from Cole Fontana (Grafton, Mass.). The Bison would increase their lead to 3-1 on a Paul Tessier (Mirror Lake, N.H.) with 7:50 remaining in the first quarter.
With 4:09 left in the opening stanza, Blake Boutiette netted his second goal of the game on a man-advanatege, pulling the Hawks with in a goal at 3-2.
The Becker excitement was short-lived as the Bison went on to score 14 unanswered goals, including three on man-advantage opportunities.
Becker ended their scoring drought when Jack Schneider (Morrisville, Vt.) found the back of the net with 4:44 remaining in regulation.
Reece O'Connor (North Grafton, Mass.) paced the Nichols offense with eight points on the day, scoring three goals and dishing out five assists. Cole Fontana finished a point behind O'Connor after netting three goals and four assists. Tyler Sikich scored a game-high four goals while Paul Tessier and Jack Zaremski each collected a pair of goals in the win.
Nichols goalies Jamess Keane (Franklin, Mass.) and Brian McKinley (Nashua, N.H.) split the game in net as they combined to make 11 saves.
Becker goalie Trey McMillen (Grapevine, Texas) suffered the loss after turning away seven shots.
The Bison return to action on Wednesday, April 19th when they continue Commonwealth Coast Conference action against Salve Regina at 3:30 p.m. Becker will also get back to league play with a New England Collegiate Conference home tilt against Mitchell College on Tuesday, April 18h at 6:30 p.m.