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Askin always open against Westminster

Chamberlain Bauder
Askin looking across the field.

Nick Askin’s 10 goals set a new single game record as the Brockport men’s lacrosse team topped Westminster 20-8. The Golden Eagles dominated the Titans in the second quarter. Not only did they score five unanswered goals, but they were backstopped by Jack Acker, who recorded a 70.4% save percentage and 19 saves.  

Askin broke the record with 13:10 left to go in the fourth quarter. He knew the number to beat, Brockport head coach Colin Cornaire did not. 

“I wasn’t even aware of that until the guys handed me a ball and said that’s the program record,” Cornaire said. “He’s just an excellent teammate. The guys love him and they rally around him. So, you just can’t help but feel happy for a guy like that.” 

Brockport initially struggled to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter. Westminster’s defense got their sticks in the passing lanes, knocking down multiple shots and passes. There were things before the game even started that played a role in Brockport’s offensive struggles. 

“First overnight as a team, coming off the bus, definitely we were slow,” Askin said. “I think the boys weren’t used to waking up in the hotel. It’s not our routine.” 

Acker was solid in net before giving up his first goal to Kyler Nigliazzo. He recorded five consecutive saves before the Titan’s first. After Nigliazzo scored, Payton Waight ripped a shot into the net, giving Westminster a 2-0 lead. 

Brockport mounted the tie in the closing minutes of the quarter. Marc Zapulla put the Golden Eagles on the board with a no angle shot. As time ticked down, Askin took the possession into his hands and scored with five seconds left in the quarter.

Acker was key to keeping Brockport in the game during their slow offensive start, making nine first quarter saves. 

Brockport’s momentum carried over into the second quarter. Askin scored two more goals to record the hat trick, giving the Golden Eagles a 4-2 lead. The offensive onslaught didn’t end there, as Mike O’Brien picked up a goal to extend the lead. 

In the back half of the quarter, the only two goals came from Askin and Logan Postel. Brockport was consistently making stops thanks to Acker. His saves often came against crease crashers and his ability to match stick was on point.

“The conversation with him was – look man, you play well for three quarters, now we need four – right,” Cornaire said. “He stood on his absolute head. You love to see it. Guys are rallying around him and that just gives more competence to the defense.” 

 While the Titans were desperately trying to find a way to come back from a 7-2 deficit, Askin and O’Brien picked up two goals for Brockport. Then, Westminster found their rhythm on offense.  

The Titans went on a four-goal run thanks to first, Grady Tierney, then Nigliazzo, Gavin Jones and Jonas Clark who picked up the other three goals. Just like that it was a game. 

Unfortunately for the Titans, Brockport had been dominating the face-off dot and didn’t stop as the combination of Drew Dipalma going 16-23 and Brockport’s wings winning ground ball battles. On top of that, Askin completed a sock trick (six goals) after a Brockport timeout to end the run.

Askin scored three goals in a row to start the fourth quarter, giving him nine goals for the game. He was scoring from everywhere, receiving passes on the crease, making a dodge on goal line extended or winning on a speed dodge from the top of the key. All of them throughout the game he scored with his right or left for the best shot. 

 Zappula broke the Askin goal streak with his second goal of the game, putting Brockport up 14-7. The game appeared to be out of reach for the Titans. 

Askin then scored his tenth goal of the game. Throughout the game, a short stick was matched up with him constantly. Askin used this to his advantage. 

“When I get that switch from the short stick, it’s just basically go to the rock,” Askin said. “I was able to get to my left hand and score.” 

The scoring didn’t end there, as Carson Colucci, who filled in for Nate Askin, scored his first goal of the season on a turn-around bouncer into the bottom left. Then, O’Brien recorded his hat trick with a shot from a similar area but instead of a catch and shoot, he bullied his defender off him to get his hands free. 

After that, Brockport put in their third line midfielders including Mason Doshi, Hunter Rhielman and Daniel Wright, who all got to touch the field for the first time this season. 

While they were on the field, Postel scored low-to-high off a feed from Rhielman for his first career point. Postel’s goal marked his first game with multiple goals. 

Colucci wasn’t the only Golden Eagle to record his first goal of the season. Jesse Wooley threaded the needle with a near side shot to give Brockport a 19-7 lead. They managed to get to 20 from Nick Maslin on a catch and shoot with Colby Reese. In the waning seconds of the game, Jimmy Sentz scored for the Titans. With that goal, it made the score 20-8. 

Nate Askin didn’t notch a point while still coming back from an early season injury. His impact was felt though as he drew the top poll for Westminster on every position, allowing his older brother to get free on short stick matchups through the game. Nick tried to feed Nate in the early fourth quarter for the so far elusive Askin-to-Askin goal. 

“Me and Nate’s motto is ‘we are always open’ no matter what,” Askin said. “If Nate has a guy on him and his stick up, I’m going to put it where I can. Obviously, he’s banged up still, but when he heals, ten goals is on him next.” 

Brockport improve to a 1-3 record with the win while Westminster fall to .500 with a 2-2 record. The Golden Eagles will have a short week as they will travel to Nazareth University on Wednesday. 

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