Colchester 6, BFA St. Albans 15
Noah Vincelette assisted once and scored twice in two minutes during the first quarter, launching BFA-St. Albans toward a 15-6 Division I lacrosse victory Wednesday in Colchester.
After 5 1/2 minutes o`f scoreless play, Vincelette set up Griffin Knapp for a 1-0 BFA lead with 6:34 left in the opening period. Fifty-seven seconds later Vincelette scored unassisted to make it 2-0, and it took the senior just 62 ticks more to boost the lead to 3-0, finishing off an assist from Cooper Cioffi.
Keegan Streeter added an unassisted goal with 2:54 left in the quarter and the Lakers got on the scoreboard with 30 seconds left when Brayden Wilkens scored the first of his two.
Knapp opened the second frame with three BFA goals, the first from Vincelette and the next two unassisted, on his way to a 5-goal afternoon. Colchester’s Pat Flaherty scored two minutes in and again with 4:43 left, but Vincelette notched the third of his six goals 3:50 before halftime, while Knapp and Cioffi each scored in the final 35 seconds to send BFA into the break up 10-3.
The Lakers started the final quarter with a long power play thanks to a 3-minute equipment penalty against BFA to start the period, but BFA’s defense — led by Mark Howrigan, Tim Kennedy, and Clark Kennedy with plenty of help from the Bobwhite midfield and depth on the back line — and goalie Foster Horton (5 saves) killed off the Laker chance with just one shot reaching Horton.
Wilkens and Flaherty added a goal each in the third quarter for the Lakers, but the Bobwhites got three more scores from Vincelette in between two goals by Cioffi (who set up two of Vincelette’s tallies in the period as well) for a 15-5 advantage.
Aidan Connors finished the scoring with the lone goal of the fourth quarter, unassisted for Colchester.
The Lakers stayed in the game as long as they did thanks in large part to the play of goalie Camden LeClair, who made some sensational saves among his 12 first-half stops and was tough under siege late in the third quarter and in parts of the fourth.
The degree of difficulty for LeClair’s 17-save afternoon earned praise from his counterpart.
“He had an unbelievable game,” Horton said.
BFA coach Mark Capsey said LeClair kept the Lakers in the game.
“It should have been 15 to nothing that first quarter. He was standing on his head,” Capsey said.
The Bobwhites continued to get balance from their top scorers, with three hat tricks and 14 goals plus four assists from Vincelette (6 goals, 2 assists), Knapp (5 goals), and Cioffi (3 goals, 2 assists). Streeter picked up a goal and assist, and Mac Kennedy set up one score.
Capsey was pleased with BFA’s performance all over the field Wednesday.
“The goal was to move the ball around, that’s our offensive strategy, and we did a good job of that. Our penalty kill had a 3-minute, non-releasable stick penalty. We killed that off, and we had it in our offensive end to kill it off. That was a good show by those guys.”
BFA won for the fourth straight time, improving to 8-3 and holding on to fourth place in the Division I standings with less than two weeks left in the regular season.
Photos by Josh Kaufmann, CVNG.