NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Wheaton 12-7 in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Wednesday.
UMass Dartmouth (2-0) used a 6-1 run in the first half to build a 6-2 halftime lead. Freshman attackman Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland) rattled off four goals in that span, including three in a row to open the second quarter.
After sophomore attackman Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover) scored to make it 9-2 with 2:44 left to play in the third quarter, Wheaton (0-2) used a three-goal surge to cut the Corsair lead to four goals at 9-5.
Prozinski added his fifth of the game at 10:34 of the final frame to end the Lyons' streak and make it 10-5 in favor of the home team. Each team would add two more goals in the remaining four-plus minutes of the contest.
Gaffney joined Prozinski with multiple goals with three. Four other UMD players had a goal apiece while freshman midfielder Alex Lucas (Brookfield, MA/Tantasqua) tied for the game-high with three assists.
Senior attackman Billy McNamara (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield Mount Hermon School) led Wheaton with a team-high three goals. Freshman midfielder Sean Doherty (East Lyme, CT/East Lyme HS) dished out three helpers for the Lyons.
The Corsairs held a 24-20 advantage in shots on goal. Junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) had 13 stops for UMD and junior Harrison Brammell (Barrington, RI/Trinity Pawling) finished with 12 saves for Wheaton.
The Lyons held a slight edge in face-offs (13-10) and ground balls (39-33).
"We improved a lot over the past two days," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We did a lot of good things against a very good team. Nick Thayer had a great game, Nick Prozinski had a great game, and (junior midfielder) Dan Dawley (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic) also played well. A lot of people stepped up. We limited our mistakes and played well. Our players are doing a better job of understanding our concepts and what we're trying to get across."
Both teams are back in action Saturday. The Corsairs travel to Newton, MA to take on in state foe Mount Ida, and Wheaton goes to Roger Williams.
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