SALEM, MASS. -Brett Chin (Framingham, Mass.) scored four goals and Samuel Watson (Trumbull, Conn.), Connor Wyllie (Somers, Conn.) and Harrison Urda (Milford, N.H.) notched three scores apiece as Eastern Connecticut dispatched Salem State 19-6 in the Little East final for both schools on Friday evening at Alumni Field. The Warriors go to 9-6 and 5-2 in conference while the Vikings end their campaign 3-12 and 0-7 in conference.
Salem State honored three members of its senior class in a ceremony before the game. Craig Denehy (Salem, Mass.), Alex Stokowski (Northampton, Mass.) and Charlie Bourgeois (Billerica, Mass.) all played in their final collegiate game on Friday evening.
Anthony Choronzy (Clinton, Conn) - 2 goals, Jake Liebowitz (Trumbull, Conn.) - 2 goals, Jacob Testa (Southington, Conn.) and Jesse Cala (Woodbridge, Conn.) all scored for Eastern Connecticut.
,Charlie Bougeois (Billerica, Mass.)- 2 goals, Nick Quirk (Fitchburg, Mass.), Dan McLaughlin (Boston, Mass.), Alex Stokowski (Northampton, Mass.) and Zach Persson (Danvers, Mass.) notched goals for Salem State.
Watson and Chin posted first period scores as the Warriors built a 2-1 lead after the first. Quirk scored the lone goal for the Vikings in the opening period. Urda and McLaughlin exchanged goals in the second before Liebowitz made it 4-2 with 2:28 left before halftime.
Eastern Connecticut broke the game open in the third, scoring seven unanswered goals to take a commanding 11-2 lead. Choronzy and Testa tallied solo scores before Wyllie made it 7-2. Watson, Urda, Wyllie and Chin all added their second goals of the game to help Eastern Connecticut exit the period with an eight-goal lead as Persson got one back for Salem State right before the period ended.
Urda and Watson each added their third goals of the game to make the score 13-3 at the 10:38 mark of the fourth. A scoring flurry erupted over the final seven minutes as the teams combined for nine goals, six by the Warriors resulting in a 19-6 final.
The Warriors held a 47-27 advantage in shots and caused 20 Salem State turnovers. Taylor Huta (Waterford, Conn.) made seven saves in the win. Chris Schaub
(Brewster, N.Y.) started for Salem State and stopped 12 shots. Zach Isham (Chicopee, Mass.) finished the game in net for the Vikings.