FOXBORO, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth overcame a one-goal deficit twice, but two third period scores from host Stonehill carried the Skyhawks past the Corsairs on Tuesday by a 4-3 score at the Foxboro Sports Center.
Junior Tanner Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) bookended the scoring for the Corsairs, posting his first multi-goal outing of the season to more than double his total on the year. Five different Corsairs were credited with assists on the contest.
With the non-conference loss, UMass Dartmouth slips to 6-12-3 overall, while Stonehill rises to 12-8-4 with the victory on Senior Night.
Sophomore Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland) tied the score at one late in the first period, rectifying a bounce-in Stonehill goal from the back boards ten minutes in. Laakso's third goal of the season came on a five-minute power play, striking past Skyhawk goalie Patrick Farrington (Sandwich, Mass.) from the left point on passes from sophomore Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) and junior Mike Kelly (Stoneham, Mass.)
Stonehill's Thomas Jenkins (Canton, Mass.) put the Skyhawks back in control seven minutes into the second period, netting a goal off the back-board rebound.
The Corsairs struck back again quickly, as Zacharewicz netted a short-handed goal off the Kris Holmes (Newburyport, Mass.) assist, breaking down the wing and firing a slap shot from the circle to beat Farrington glove side.
Goals then came fast and furious following the midway point of the final stanza. Skyhawk Thomas DePoalo (Mendham, N.J.) potted a slap shot of his own from just inside the circle at 10:26 to spark the scoring as Dan Graham (Billerica, Mass.) was credited with the assist. Stonehill doubled its lead a little over a minute later as Jenkins converted on a give-and-go in front of UMass Dartmouth goalie Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) on passes from Garrett White (Wakefield, Mass.) and Robbie Dorgan (Ossining, N.Y.).
At 13:31, Zacharewicz struck again, this time getting past Farrington with a close wrist shot on the helper from brother Kyle Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) and Joe Echelmeier (Doylestown, Pa.). The UMass Dartmouth defense kept the Skyhawks off the board for an ensuing two-minute power play, but the Corsairs could not overcome the one-goal margin a final time in the closing minutes.
Michals posted 33 saves in net in a full 60 minutes of ice time, while Farrington turned aside 27 to up his record to 3-3-1 for the Skyhawks.
The Corsairs were the only squad to convert on the power play for the contest, as both teams went a combined 1-for-9 on the man advantage. Stonehill held a slight advantage in shots on goal with 37 to UMass Dartmouth's 30.
UMass Dartmouth returns MASCAC play at Hetland Arena on Thursday against Westfield State in pursuit of a second-straight win over the Owls. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.