NEWTON, MA---The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team scored six consecutive goals midway through the game, built a 9-3 lead, and held off host Mount Ida, 11-9, in a non-conference match at Alumni Field Saturday.
Six different Corsairs scored during the decisive run. Sophomore attackman Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) broke the 3-3 tie when he scored with 6:13 remaining in the second quarter. Freshman midfielder Alex Lucas (Brookfield, MA/Tantasqua HS) and sophomore midfielder Dennis Healy (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS) added goals to put the Corsairs ahead at halftime, 6-3.
Junior midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) made it 7-3 when he scored 53 seconds after the start of the second half. Sophomore midfielder Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) and freshman attackman Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) followed with goals to make it 9-3 before the Mustangs' Nick Yacuzzi ended the run when he scored.
Prozinski scored again with 1:28 left in the third quarter to give UMD a 10-6 lead, and freshman attackman Tyler Chasnov (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth North HS) scored with 8:09 remaining to make it 11-7 before Mount Ida scored the final two goals of the game.
Gaffney led the Corsairs with three goals, while Prozinski finished with two. Baxter and Chasnov each had a goal and two assists. Yacuzzi led the Mustangs with three goals, while Phil Pichel and Kyle Cordaro each scored twice.
"We played very well for three quarters, and their goalie made a lot of saves," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "They mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter, but we pulled it out in the end. We didn't have a consistent effort for the whole game, and they did a nice job of coming back. It was a good win against a good team, but we need to improve before we play MIT on Wednesday."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Mount Ida, 50-22. Junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) finished with six saves for the Corsairs, while Craig Bray made 24 stops for the Mustangs. UMD converted on one of seven extra-man opportunities, while Mount Ida was two for six.
The Corsairs improved to 3-0 with the victory, while the Mustangs dropped to 1-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit MIT Wednesday afternoon, Mount Ida will visit Salem State Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE