FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth bounced back from a four-game winless streak in a big way with 15 different players registering a point, including six with multi-point outings, as the Corsairs skated to a 10-1 rout of Framingham State on Thursday night.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 10, Framingham St. 1
Records: UMass Dartmouth 10-12-2, 7-8-2 MASCAC | Framingham St. 3-18-2, 2-14 MASCAC
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth got into the rhythm right away as six Corsairs netted markers in the impressive showing. It started 1:29 into the game when junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) converted on his first of three goals in the game to continue his stellar play this season. Through the rest of the period, Connor Court (Swansea, Ill.), Dillon Radin (Long Beach, N.Y.), Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.), Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.), and Kris Holmes (Newburyport, Mass.) all put in goals to give the Corsairs their most in a single frame this season.
In the second stanza, the barrage continued and again began with a goal off the stick of Ruiz just 52 seconds into the action. Less than four minutes later, Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) got in on the act when he connected with the back of the net off an assist from Jay Clarke (Forston, Ga.) to tally his tenth goal of the campaign. Ruiz finished off his hat-trick moments after that to give UMass Dartmouth a commanding 9-0 lead.
Framingham State got on the board seven minutes into the third period when senior Jake McKinnon (Framingham, Mass.) broke the looming shutout. But the Corsairs were playing at a new level as it recouped the allowed goal with seven minutes left to play when junior Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) recorded his seventh goal of the season, becoming the 15th different player in the game to score a point for the Blue & Gold.
Inside the Numbers
- Ruiz and Shea sit one and three in the MASCAC for points with 39 and 34 respectively.
- Ruiz earned his second hat-trick of the year and has scored five goals in the last two games to increase his goal lead in the conference over Sones by six.
- Jerry Laakso (Tempere, Finland) and Shea each notched an assist, locking them in a tie in the category with 24 apiece.
- The nine-goal margin of victory is the largest for the Corsairs since Nov. 14th, 2009, when they defeated Suffolk 8-0.
- UMass Dartmouth has scored 10-plus goals twice this year after not accomplishing the feat in the previous 13 years.
The Corsairs hit the road for their final game of the regular-season on Feb. 17 when they travel to Worcester State for a 7:00 pm MASCAC matchup.