MEDFORD, Mass. - Nighthawks freshman Warren Exceus (Worcester, Mass.) scored a pair of goals and added a pair of assists, contributing in all four Nighthawk goals as Newbury won their fifth straight with a 4-1 victory over the Fitchburg State Falcons on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference play.
The pair of goals gives Exceus four on the season, leading the team. Freshman Albert Baraka (Bukavu, DRC) scored his second of the season and senior Nicholas Olivares-Thompson (Rochester, N.H.) scored for his second straight match.
Baraka got the scoring strated in the 10th minute taking advantage of a Falcons turnover. Exceus forced the turnover and slid a through ball to Baraka, who struck his shot past the Falcons keeper for a 1-0 lead.
Olivares-Thompson and Exceus combined for the next two goals. Olivares-Thompson took an Exceus pass to give the Nighthawks a 2-0 lead. Moments later, Olivares-Thompson returned the favor, assisting on Excues's goal for a 3-0 lead.
The pair of goals came 12 seconds apart, tied for the 11th shortest time between consective goals by the same team in NCAA Division III history.
The Falcons cut the deficit in the 66th minute on a corner kick. Fitchburg State freshman Clayton Mendes-Rodrigues (Brockton, Mass.) sent in an excellent corner, met by the head of junior Nolan Brassard (Leominster, Mass.) for his second goal of the season, drawing the Falcons within a pair, 3-1.
The anxious moments of the second half were relieved in the 80th minute on Exceus's second goal of the game. Nighthawks freshman Rony Morales (Seekonk, Mass.) began the play with a free kick that was flicked off the head of Excues and into the back of the net, giving the Nighthawks a 4-1 lead.
Nighthawks junior Samuel Quinones (San Diego, Calif.) earned his third straight win to begin his Nighthawks career. The win moves him to 3-0. Quinones has only surrendered one goal in three games for Newbury.
Falcons junior Ga Massicotte (Clinton, Mass.) takes the loss, falling to 0-2 this season, despite making three saves.
The five-game winning streak is the best in program history and brings the Nighthawks to 6-2-1 this season. The loss drops the Falcons to 4-3.
Newbury has a brief break, including this weekend, and will return next Monday, Oct. 1 on the road at the Coast Guard Academy for a 7:00 p.m. match.