NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA--The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the game, raced out to an 8-1 halftime lead, and went on to defeat visiting Nichols, 12-8, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
Junior attackman Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS), and junior midfielders Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) and Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) scored within 2:22 in the first quarter to ignite the Corsairs' opening rally. Sophomore attackman Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) and freshman attackman Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) each added a pair of goals before halftime as UMD took a commanding lead.
MacPherson and Davis struck again early in the third quarter, making it 10-1, UMass Dartmouth, before the Bison came back. Sophomore midfielder Michael Bane (North Grafton, MA/Grafton HS), who scored Nichols' only goal in the first half, scored the final three goals of the third quarter to make it 10-5. Prozinski scored early in the fourth quarter to make it 11-5, but the Bison scored three of the final four goals to account for the final margin.
Prozinski had three goals for the Corsairs, while Baxter, Gaffney, Davis and MacPherson each scored twice. Bane had four goals for Nichols, while freshman attackman Brian Hancock (Groton, MA/St. Bernard's HS) scored twice.
"In the first and second quarter we played very well, but then we let our guard down a little bit and let them come back," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Nichols has a lot of good players and they played four quarters. We didn't play as well as we did in the first and second quarter, so we had a little bit of a letdown. We're looking to play four quarters and we have a nice break, a week off, and hopefully the kids can get refreshed and come back with great enthusiasm."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Nichols, 48-25. Junior goaltender Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made nine saves for the Corsairs, while freshman Seth Drouin (Madison, CT/Daniel Hand HS) and junior Matt McGue (Quincy, MA/North Quincy HS) combined to make 16 stops. UMass Dartmouth converted two of seven extra-man opportunities, while Nichols was two of four.
UMD improved to 5-0 with the victory, while Nichols dropped to 0-3 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State in two weeks. The Bison will host Thomas next Friday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE