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Fourth quarter outpouring lifts Gulls to finals

Fourth quarter outpouring lifts Gulls to finals
Box Score

BEVERLY, Mass. – Endicott College erupted for five fourth quarter goals to power past Roger Williams University, 10-6, in The Commonwealth Coast Conference semifinals on Wednesday afternoon in Beverly, Mass. The win moves the Gulls into the TCCC Championship game, where they will host New England College who knocked off second-seeded Western New England, 11-10.

Endicott led 3-1 late in the second quarter before the Hawks scored two goals in the final 1:19 to knot the game at 3-all heading into the intermission. Ian Powers (Shrewsbury, Mass.) got the burst going on the man-advantage as he took a feed off goal-line extended from Drew Beck (South Salem, N.Y.) and buried a shot into the low-right corner. The Hawks got the equalizer with just eight ticks left in the frame as the visitors capitalized on an Endicott turnover and sprung Justin Leddy (Manasquan, N.J.) on a breakaway where he picked five-hole to tie the game.

The Gulls’ \#Chris Cotter\# (Fairfield, Conn.) put the hosts back up one as he drove down the right side and scored despite being tripped-up by an RWU defender at the 8:44 mark of the third. The Hawks got the goal back fewer than four minutes later off a fast-break clearing play that started with a behind the back outlet pass from goalkeeper Tyler Roebuck (Montgomery, N.Y.). Jim Tancredi (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) got the ball in transition and found Beck with an across the box pass that the freshman planted top shelf.

\#Brad Lipkvich\# (Madison, Conn.) helped send the Gulls into the fourth quarter on the right note as he scored with 3:02 remaining in the third with a hard bounce shot to the low left corner, giving Endicott a 5-4 lead after three.

\#Jonathan Prentice\# (Chelmsford, Mass.) made it a two-goal EC advantage just 30 seconds into the fourth after he planted a crank shot under the crossbar from 15-yards. Jim Tancredi responded for the guests just 1:32 later, this time man-down, with a change of direction tally from the left side of the box.

After the Roger Williams goal, Endicott turned it on over the course of 4:43 by finding the back of the net four-straight times to blow the game open at 10-5. Lipkvich scored to start the rally and \#Chris Gugino\# (West Hartford, Conn.) followed it up with a strike just four seconds after the face-off win with a hard shot on the run. Prentice and \#Jack Curtis\# (Chelmsford, Mass.) also scored to cement the Endicott win.

\#Jonathan Prentice\# and \#Brad Lipkvich\# each scored three times in the victory while \#Chris Cotter\# had a goal and an assist. Three other Gulls’ tallied goals while senior goalkeeper \#Eric Hagarty\# (Sudbury, Mass.) made six saves.

Roger Williams was led by Justin Leddy’s one goal and two helpers while Drew Beck had a goal and an assist. The Hawks had six different goals scorers in the losing effort. Tyler Roebuck made 12 stops on the day.

The Gulls outshot Roger Williams at a 50-29 clip and Endicott’s Sam Ozycz (Cheshire, Conn.) won 15 of the game’s 20 face-offs.

Endicott now gets set to host the TCCC Finals against New England College on Saturday afternoon. The Gulls topped the Pilgrims by the score of 15-6 in their earlier meeting back on March 20th.