Big First Quarter Paces Wolves Victory

Connor Cupp (44) led Keuka College with 5 goals on Wednesday
Connor Cupp (44) led Keuka College with 5 goals on Wednesday

AURORA, N.Y. — An eight-goal first quarter paced an 18-7 victory by the Keuka College Men's Lacrosse team over hosts Wells College on Wednesday.

Connor Cupp led Keuka College (6-3, 3-0 NEAC) with five goals on Wednesday. Chris Bellanca added a hat trick with three goals and Dan Blaessig finished with two goals and an assist for the Wolves.

Keuka College 18 at Wells College 7

An early penalty by Wells College gave the Wolves the advantage and they would capitalize with Bellanca netting a man-up goal less than two minutes into the game. Connor Cupp would then pour it on for the Green and Gold as the freshman scored the next four goals. Those were followed by two more by Bellanca as Keuka led 7-0. Wells got on the board with three minutes left in the quarter, but Dan Blaessig answered with a tally as the Wolves led 8-1 after the first.

Wells College got the opening goal of the second quarter, but the Wolves scored three straight to push the lead to 11-2. The Express snapped the run with a goal but Keuka led 11-3 at the break.

The Wolves put the game away in the third quarter. Coming off the halftime break, Keuka College scored the first six goals of the second half to push their lead to 17-3. Wells closed the third with two goals, but the Wolves carried a 17-5 lead into the final quarter.

The fourth was a low-scoring frame as the Wolves played with a lead. Wells would outscore Keuka 2-1 in the last 15 minutes, but Keuka College defeated Wells College 18-7.

KC Notes:

  • The Wolves remain a perfect 12-0 against Wells College
  • Seth Spurgeon went 13-14 from the X against the Express. Overall as a team, Keuka was 22-7 in faceoffs
  • The Wolves won the battle for loose balls, collecting 41 groundballs compared to 17 by Wells
  • Nikoli Biljanoski made six saves in the first half and Colin Mix made a career-high five in the second half for Keuka

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves remain on the road this weekend with a tough matchup at SUNY Poly on Saturday afternoon. Keuka College edged SUNY Poly 8-7 at home last season.