SCHENECTADY Union jumped out to a 5-0 first-quarter lead, and didn't look back as it cruised to a 24-4 rout of New England College Wednesday in their NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse tournament first-round game at Frank Bailey Field.
Nolan Stauffer led a balanced attack with three goals. Kyle Mason had two goals and two assists for the Dutchmen (14-3), who will face Amherst in the second round on Saturday. The site for the game will be determined today.
Richard Gregory and Daniel Kycia added two goals and an assist each for Union, which set a team record for wins in a season. Sixteen Dutchmen scored at least one goal.
Union jumped out to a 7-1 lead after the first quarter. The Dutchmen were up, 14-2, at halftime.
"We knew, coming in, that we were going to be the better team," Union coach Paul Wehrum said. "We prepared for that. It was very easy. We move the ball so quick, and we're great defensively. We're very strong in the goal. And the big thing in lacrosse is the faceoff. It's almost like the jump ball in basketball. We always had the ball, and they didn't have the ball much."
Asked why it was so easy against the Pilgrims (14-4), the North Atlantic Conference champions, Wehrum said, "Better lacrosse players. With the ability to go behind the cage and turn defensive ends' heads, they watch the ball a lot, and we cut backdoor a great deal. A lot of those goals were easy goals. We shoot on two of the best goalies in the country every day. That's why it was easy.
"We have great players coming into Union. ... We just want to keep it rolling."