BRISTOL, R.I. – Endicott junior attackman Will Jennings (Danvers, Mass.) potted the game-winning goal at the 2:53 mark of overtime to lift the Gulls past Roger Williams University, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon at Bayside Field.
In a defensive-minded, possession-based game, Jennings led all goal scorers with three markers on the day. Colin Bannon (Westport, Conn.) added two goals and also dished out three assists for a game-high five points, while Peter Field Jr. (Hampstead, N.H.) also registered a pair of goals in the win.
Roger Williams was paced by Nick Gagnon (Milton, Mass.) as the senior middie tallied two goals and one assist. Will Siefert (Duxbury, Mass.) and John Lisitano (Guilford, Conn.) chipped in with one goal and two helpers, respectively, while Caleb Kenney (Portland, Maine), AJ Core (Syosset, N.Y.), Eddie Hill (Somers, Conn.), and Eric Valenti (North Reading, Mass.) all buried one goal each in the loss.
Prior to the overtime session, Core nearly won the game for the Hawks with seven seconds remaining, but Endicott goalie Cameron Bell (Falmouth, Maine) stonewalled the junior middie to force OT. The Gulls then wasted little time finding the game-winner as Tommy Hughes (Coram, N.Y.) won his 15th and final face-off of the day, and pushed possession into the attack area before the guests called timeout (3:10) to draw up a game-winning play.
Bell finished the contest with 13 saves to move his career record to 50-21. Connor Carroll (Madison, Conn.) stopped nine shots in the loss (8-7).
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Today's game featured seven tied scores and three lead changes.
- The biggest lead in today's matchup was only two, when the Hawks held a 2-0 advantage to begin the game.
- Endicott is 2-3 in overtime games this season (1-0 in double overtime).
- The Gulls have played in nine games this year that have been decided by two goals or less (7-1 goal, 2-2 goal).
- Endicott controlled play at the face-off X (15-for-21) and also went 11-for-14 in transition.
- Faucher, Jennings, Bannon, Field Jr., and Harvey all scored game-tying goals in the win. Harvey's unassisted tally with 1:37 remaining in the fourth eventually forced overtime.
- Matthew Holzinger (Fairfield, Conn.) notched a game-high four caused turnovers.
- With today's win, Endicott is now 20-5 in the all-time series versus Roger Williams, which dates back to April 15, 2000.
- The Gulls are currently on a three-game winning streak.
FOR THE FOES
- The Hawks won the ground balls matchup, 34-30, and also went 15-for-17 in transition.
- Valenti also compiled a team-high two caused turnovers.
- Carroll and Valenti tied for the team-high in ground balls with four apiece.
Endicott (7-8, 6-1 CCC) hosts the University of New England in its regular season finale next Tuesday at 7 p.m. Roger Williams (9-7, 5-2) travels to Curry on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.