Lynx lock-down D locks up first place

CAMBRIDGE, MA – In a battle on New England Collegiate Conference unbeatens, Lesley knocked off Mitchell, 3-0, Wednesday night at Edward Field, improving to 6-0-0 in league play.

    Lesley (15-1-0 overall) waited only 3:57 to get on the board, as Nick Mattox (Pasadena, MD/Chesapeake) was patiently waiting to pound home an Ali Sozeri (Istanbul, Turkey/Miller) putback. Mariners (7-6-2, 4-1-1 NECC) keeper Kevin Woodford, diving to his right, deflected the freshman's shot in front of the left post, where Mattox knocked it into a wide open right half of the net.

     The Lynx extended their lead at 12:33, when Tyler Reeves (Coventry, CT/Coventry) put his touch on his Senior Night, corralling a beautiful cross from Ryan Rodgers (Hollis, NH/High Mowing) five yards out and putting it into the back of the net for his ninth goal of the year.

     Paul Vasconcelos' team controlled the first half to the tone of 10 shots to one for Mitchell.

    Lesley got an insurance goal at 63:03, as Darius Koep (Pittstown, NJ/Del-Val) followed up an Ari Sinanis (Guilford, CT/Guilford) header for his first of the season.

     The Lynx outshot the Mariners 27-3 on the night, with Zachary Almeida-Beers, who entered 15th in the nation at 0.38 goals per game, notching his ninth shutout. For Mitchell, goalkeeper Kevin Woodford (Niantic, CT/Morgan) making a match-high eight saves in the loss.

     Following the contest, Lesley honored seniors and four-year letter winners Almeida-Beers, Reeves, Nicholas Pedrick (Ipswich, MA/Ipswich) and Stephen Siragusa (Valley Stream, NY/Valley Stream).

     Now assured of a home game in the NECC playoffs and a first-place regular season finish, Lesley concludes its regular season at Newbury on Saturday, when second-place Mitchell takes on Becker College.