Lacrosse: Notre Dame-West Haven rolls past Law

MILFORD — Notre Dame lacrosse coach A.J. Alessi felt his team might need some time to click offensively this season. Having lost some key offensive players, Alessi could not have seen the sort of production Notre Dame has shown early in the season.

Just two games into the 2018 campaign, the Green Knights have scored 29 goals, including a bunch more in a 17-4 Southern Connecticut Conference interdivisional victory over Jonathan Law in Milford Wednesday afternoon.

“We did not have many guys coming back offensively,” Alessi said. “We knew we had some good players, but we thought it might take some time to get that experience. We have come along quickly.”

The Green Knights (2-0) had 11 players in the points column and were led by senior Benjamin Hassen, who scored three goals and added an assist. Vincent Cleary and Devin Napoli each had two goals and an assist, while Cam Ellis and Nicholas D’Angelo each scored twice.

“This year is different,” Alessi said. “We don’t have that one guy yet. We are very spread out. A lot of guys are contributing. A lot of guys have scored.”

The Green Knights took control of the game early, scoring seven times in the opening quarter, including four in the first 3 minutes, 46 seconds of the game. Notre Dame led 7-1 after one quarter and 10-1 at the half.

Justin Shanley got the Green Knights going just 1:10 into the contest, before Ellis increased the lead to two goals 1:05 later. Napoli kept up the pressure and scored from in front 32 seconds after. When Sean Nusdeo cruised in and fired a rocket to the right side, Notre Dame led 4-0 less than four minutes into the contest.

“We need to get better every day,” Law coach Mike Forget said. “It is a long season. We do not have a lot of depth. Guys are running out there full games. We do not change a lot. You look over there (Notre Dame bench) and they are moving kids in and out. It takes a lot of conditioning for these kids to be able to stay out there. We will be back at it.”

Goals by John Panda and Jared Gallbronner increased the margin to six goals, before Law finally got on the board with 2:55 left in the opening quarter when Hayden Hulme scored off an assist from Cole Egersheim.

Egersheim had a solid game for Law, finishing with two goals and two assists, while Hulme had two goals and an assist.

The Green Knights kept the pressure on and took a 7-1 lead with 14 seconds to go in the opening quarter when Gallbronner set up Hassen in front.

Notre Dame did an excellent job throughout the game controlling the ball with a precise passing game. That possession resulted in three more goals in the second quarter for a 10-1 advantage.

D’Angelo scored twice in less than two minutes for a 9-1 lead, before a goal by Hassen off an assist from Napoli with 1:48 left in the half had the Green Knights in position for their second win of the season.

After numerous penalties in a season-opening win over McMahon, the Green Knights were a lot more disciplined against Law, not taking a penalty.

“We came into the game focused,” Alessi said. “It’s been a crazy week. We cleaned things up from our first game. In the last game, we spent the whole game with penalties. Today, we were more disciplined and did not take any.”

Notre Dame got the lead up to 13-1 on goals by Ellis, Alexander Hird and Hassen, before Egersheim got Law on the board in the second half with 6:20 to go in the third quarter.