DUDLEY, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team outscored host Nichols in the second half, 4-1, and defeated the Bison, 8-5, in a non-conference match at Vendetti Field Thursday evening.
Sophomore midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) broke a 4-4 tie when he scored with 13:13 left in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) made it 6-4 with a goal at 10:33, senior midfielder Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) scored with 2:34 left in the third and senior midfielder Alex Reposa (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) made it 8-4 with just one second left in the third. Nicholas Kokich scored for Nichols with 13:40 left in the fourth quarter, but that was the only goal the Corsairs gave up after intermission.
Davis scored twice for UMD in the first half, while Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) and sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) each scored once. Michael Bane's man-up goal for Nichols 37 seconds before the end of the first half tied the score for the final time.
Davis led UMD with three goals, while Niden had a goal and three assists. Bane had two goals to lead the Bison.
"We came out flat, and they were fired up, and their goalie made some good saves," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We played with more intensity in the second half, we were more aggressive, and we did a better job on ground balls. Todd Davis played well, junior Larry Gilvarg (Natick, MA/Natick HS) had a great effort, and (sophomore goalkeeper) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had another excellent day. We showed some character, but we have to continue to improve."
The Corsairs outshot the Bison, 43-28. Thayer made four saves, while Scott Gray stopped 21 shots for the Bison.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-1 with the victory, while Nichols dropped to 3-5 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Southern Maine in a Little East Conference match Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE