|Bonner Strikes For Three In Win Over NU|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Colin Bonner collected three goals and Jamie Dell provided the game-winner as UNCW topped visiting Northeastern, 4-2, to finish in second place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings and earn a bye in the upcoming conference tournament.
The Seahawks, who were picked fifth in the league’s preseason poll, concluded the regular season with a record of 9-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the league. The Huskies, meanwhile, saw their record fall to 6-8-3 and 3-3-1. The Seahawks finished with 13 points while the Huskies grabbed fifth with 10 points.
For Bonner it was a career-high night with those three goals, surpassing his previous high of two earlier this season against Ohio State in the season opener. It was the first Seahawk hat trick since Shawn Guderian netted three against George Mason in the 2011 season finale.
Bonner opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he converted a long serve from midfield into the penalty area by senior Michael Parrish. Bonner beat his defender to the ball and slid into his shot and past NU goalkeeper Dylan Faber.
NU fired back in the 23rd minute when Conner Alexander scored his second goal of the season with a header off a free kick from midfield by Simon Cox.
UNCW needed just 2:31 to retake the lead as Bonner was on the finishing end of a rebound from a shot by Nathaniel Goodwin, who was credited with the first of two assists he would have on the night, at the 25:00 mark.
The Huskies drew even for a second time as leading scorer Dante Marini stole a pass back towards UNCW goalkeeper Sean Melvin and slid his sixth goal of the season inside the left post from 15 yards out.
Dell, who entered the game as a substitution at half time, struck for his third goal of the season in the 75th minute. Goodwin came up with a loose ball and sent a short cross to the rightside where Dell one-timed his shot inside the left post.
Bonner would add to the Seahawk lead in the 78th minute when he was in the right place at the right time and headed home a bobbled ball by the NU keeper off a free kick by Mateo Cardona. That goal tied Bonner’s career-high of six goals in a season set as a rookie in 2012.
Melvin finished with three saves on the evening while Faber made two saves.
Drexel, who knocked off College of Charleston, 2-1, will host the semifinals and finals after finishing as the top-seed.
William & Mary, the three-seed will host sixth-seeded Hofstra while Northeastern heads to Delaware, who will be the fourth-seed. The first round games will be played on Nov. 9 and the semifinals and finals will be on Nov. 14 and 16, respectively.