LEICESTER, Mass. – Hawks sophomore Isaiah McCaskill (Springfield, Mass.) scored with only three minutes remaining, helping the Becker Hawks to their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Rivier University Raiders on Thursday evening at Alumni Field.
With time winding down and overtime looming, it was Hawks freshman Chris Antonelli (Commack, N.Y.) who got the play started. From the right corner, Antonelli made a series of cuts to beat his defender. Antonelli followed with a picture-perfect cross, finding the foot of McCaskill, who fired it first time into the back of the net, giving Becker the 2-1 lead.
It's McCaskill's second goal of the season and the first career point for Antonelli.
The Hawks started the scoring in the 40th minute with sophomore Seidon Nemeth (St. Thomas, USVI) scoring first of the season.
Coming off a free kick from the left-wing, Hawks senior Matthew Hillsberg (Burlington, Conn.) sent a cross into the box, finding a nearly unguarded Nemeth. With one touch, Nemeth settled the ball and fired a shot from the penalty spot past the extended hands of Raiders senior goalie Collin Deyarmin (Raymond, N.H.), giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead.
Rivier came back to tie the game at 1-1 early in the second half. In the 53rd minute from a free kick out of the Raiders defensive half, freshman Anthony Zucco (North Andover, Mass.) outbattled two Hawk defenders and flicked a shot over the head of the onrushing goalie, junior Sam Majewski (Warren, Mass.) for the first goal of his career.
Becker thought they broke the tie in the 62nd minute on another connection involving Hillsburg and Nemeth. Another free kick from Hillsburg found the head of Nemeth, who crossed it goalward toward McCaskill.
But before McCaskill's attempt, Deyarmin possessed the ball, which was then headed out of his hands and into the net by McCaskill, canceling out the would-be go-ahead goal.
Majewski takes credit for the win, allowing one goal to go with seven saves to improve to 1-2 this season. Deyarmin made four saves for the Raiders but falls to 0-2 with the loss.
The win is also the first of the career for Becker head coach Brad Hosey.
Becker moves to 1-2 on the season while the Raiders are still in search of their first win, now sitting at 0-2.
The Hawks return for a third game in four days on Saturday as they face Fitchburg State University at Alumni Field at noon. The Raiders play again on Sunday as they travel to Northern Vermont at Johnson State for a 3:00 p.m. kickoff.