September 9, 2009






Newton, MAóJonathan Klippert (Cumberland, RI) drilled home the game-winning goal for Lasell College with just one minute left to play in regulation, to seal a 3-2 victory over Rhode Island College in non-conference men's soccer action this afternoon on Taylor Field. The Lasers improve their record to 2-1-0 over, while the Anchormen drop to 0-3-1 on the year.




The contest proved to be fairly even throughout as the teams found themselves locked in a stalemate for nearly 55 minutes of play before Klippertís first goal of the season broke the tie. Overall, Rhode Island attempted only four more shots than Lasell did, outshooting the Lasers 16-12, however, the Lasersí goalkeeper, Julian Dutton (Madison, CT) was impressive in net, making eight total saves while earning his first win of the season.




The Lasers (2-1) opened the scoring in the first two minutes of the contest as Paul Meucci (Vernon, CT) connected with a header off a corner kick from Dan Hatch (Avon, MA), just 1:45 into the half.




RIC (0-3-1) retaliated with a goal of its own less than 10 minutes later as senior midfielder Julian Montoya (North Providence, RI) took a header off a cross from Bruno Costa (Cumberland, RI), beating Dutton on the play.



 Senior Midfielder Julian Montoya


However, Lasellís Kyle Cronin (Weymouth, MA) returned the favor at 14:09 as he controlled the ball for an open shot in the short left corner of the goal box to give the Lasers the edge once again.


For nearly 19 minutes, the Lasers held onto the lead before the Anchormen struck again.  After a throw in, junior midfielder Jose Ruiz (Providence, RI) ripped a pass to senior defender Ryan Kelley (Hope, RI) who notched the second game-tying goal. The teams broke for intermission in a 2-2 deadlock.



 Senior Defender Ryan Kelley


Around midway into the second, Rhode Islandís junior forward Josh Sousa (Cumberland, RI) attempted two shots that nearly gave the Anchormen their first lead, however Meucci stepped in defensively for a team save on the first shot, and Dutton collected the ball for the save on the second shot.


Hatch also had a close call for Lasell at the 63rd minute when he attacked on a breakaway; however RICís freshman netminder, Andrew Hogan (North Providence, RI) made a huge save to maintain the tie.


With time ticking away on the clock, the teams looked like they were on the path to sudden death overtime.  It was with 1:01 remaining that Klippert nailed the long shot off a perfectly placed cross from Tholemson Francios (Stoneham, MA) to seal the victory for Lasell.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will travel to Clark on Wednesday, Sept. 16 for a 6 p.m. contest.