Head coach Nick Coppola picked up the first win in the history of the men's lacrosse program, posting a 13-5 victory over Thomas in a non-conference contest at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex on Saturday afternoon.
Johnson & Wales sophomore Chris Macchi (Hastings-On-Hudson, N.Y.) led the way with four goals and an assist while junior Damian Bandereck (Topsfield, Mass.) also had a hat-trick in the win for the Wildcats.
Thomas freshman Caleb Runci (Westminster, Md.) scored two goals and added an assist while freshman Derek Driscoll (Portland, Maine) had a goal and an assist in the setback for the Terriers.
Johnson & Wales had the 2-1 lead after the first period after Macchi scored less than three minutes into the game and sophomore Tyler Thompson (West Chester, Pa.) closed out the period with a goal with just :01 on the clock. The two teams traded goals in the second period with JWU taking the 3-2 lead into halftime after a goal by freshman TJ Consiglio (New Fairfield, Conn.) with five seconds remaining in the half.
The Wildcats exploded offensively to start the third period and used six straight goals, including two from Macchi to take the commanding 9-2 lead. Bandereck's goal at the 12:39 mark of the period would later prove to be the game-winner as the Wildcats cruised to the 13-5 victory.
Junior Jack Pettine (Foxboro, Mass.) made 14 saves in the victory for JWU while freshman Carlos Cardona (Zephyrhills, Fla.) had 11 stops in the loss for Thomas.
With the win Johnson & Wales is now 1-2 on the season while Thomas falls to 0-2. The Wildcats will return to action on Wednesday, March 12th when they host Wentworth in a non-conference contest at 7:00 p.m.