BRISTOL, RI-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team raced out to a 6-0 lead and went on to defeat host Roger Williams, 13-5, in a non-conference game at Bayside Field Saturday.
Sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) and junior midfielder Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/ Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) each scored twice as the Corsairs took a big early lead, which stood at 6-0 with 5:49 left in the first half before the Hawks scored twice. Brett scored the first two goals of the third quarter to make it 8-2, and sophomore midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) scored once and freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) added a pair of goals to give the Corsairs a commanding 11-4 lead after three quarters. The win was the first ever for UMass Dartmouth against Roger Williams.
Brett led the attack with five goals and two assists; Gaffney added three goals and one assist, Niden had two goals and two assists, and senior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored twice and added an assist. Dan Klink scored twice for RWU, and Ian Power had two assists.
"We had our best two practices of the year Thursday and Friday, and we played 60 minutes of lacrosse today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We played the way we're capable of playing. We moved the ball well, our defense was spectacular, they're a great transition team and we limited their transition. Nick Brett played well today and made a lot of good decisions, (junior defenseman) Ryan Holbrook (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), (freshman defenseman) Matt Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS), freshman defenseman Brian Grant (North Eastham, MA/Nauset HS) and (sophomore midfielder) Dan Dawley (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) did a great job on defense, and (sophomore goalkeeper) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/ Chelmsford HS) made some big saves and cleared the ball well. His play was a big factor in our win."
The Hawks outshot UMD, 30-25. Thayer made 12 saves, while Luke Aubrey and Alex Peebles combined to make seven stops for Roger Williams.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 4-1 with the victory, while RWU dropped to 2-2 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Western Connecticut State in the Little East Conference opener for both teams on March 31st.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE