NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman attacker Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) and sophomore midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) each scored four goals as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Southern Maine, 11-6, in the quarter-final round of the Little East Conference Tournament at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.
Baxter scored his first goal in the first quarter to put UMass Dartmouth ahead for good, 2-1, then Baxter and Lawless each scored again as the Corsairs seized a 5-1 advantage midway through the second quarter. However, the Huskies rallied, getting a goal from senior attacker Nate Prince (West Gardiner, ME/Gardiner Area HS) and two more from senior midfielder Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, MA/ Shrewsbury HS) to cut UMD's advantage to 5-4 at halftime.
The Corsairs scored the only goals of the third quarter, with Baxter, sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) and Lawless scoring to make it 8-4. Thomas scored in the fourth quarter for the Huskies, but Lawless scored twice and Baxter scored once to make it 11-5 before senior midfielder Jeremy Parmley (Eliot, ME/Marshwood HS) scored the final goal of the game for USM. Thomas had three goals for Southern Maine, while Prince had two.
"It was a nice win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We played great in the first and second quarters, but let down a little in the second half. Southern Maine came off the bus and played well. We did a nice job against a good defensive team. We had players step up and contribute across the board. We played 50 minutes of good lacrosse today. "
The Huskies outshot the Corsairs, 33-32. Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made seven saves, while USM junior goalkeeper Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS) made nine.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 10-5 with the victory, while Southern Maine fell to 6-10 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth advanced to a semi-final match at Eastern Connecticut State Thursday evening. The match was the final action of the season for Southern Maine.
'Thursday's game will be a tough one, Eastern Connecticut is a very good team," said Mahoney. "We played
them head to head for a while until they pulled away in the second quarter. We'll make some adjustments before
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