NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Massachusetts Maritime 8-3 in a non-conference game Wednesday night at Cressy Field. Freshman attacker Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland) scored a game-high five goals for the Corsairs. It marked the third time this season that Prozinski has had four or more goals in a game.
With the victory UMD ups its record to 8-1, while MMA falls to 2-7.
Prozinski opened the scoring on an unassisted marker at 14:01. Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable) added an unassisted score of his own at 13:28 to make it 2-0.
After Anthony Kurylak (Rye, NH/Portsmouth) got the Buccaneers on the board at 2-1, Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams) and Prozinski both found the back of the net to close out the first quarter and give the home squad a 4-1 lead.
Prozinski and Kurylak each scored in the second frame to send the teams into halftime with the score 5-2.
Prozinski registered the only goal of the third stanza, converting an Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole) assist at 7:02 to make it 6-2.
Sophomore attacker Connor Gaffney rounded out the UMD scoring to make it 8-2 with back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter off assists from Baxter and Prozinski.
Massachusetts Maritime struggled to hit the net in the second half, but managed to convert a man-up opportunity with 29 seconds left when Drew Prowse (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield) found Dylan Freudenberg (Islip, NY/St. Anthony's) open at the right post to account for the 8-3 final.
The Corsairs held a 9-6 advantage in the faceoff circle and scooped up 40 ground balls to the Buccaneers' 27.
Junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) finished the night with nine saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Paul Painten (Walpole, MA/Walpole) made 14 stops for Massachusetts Maritime. UMD outshot MMA 36-28 (22-12 on goal) for the contest.
"We played pretty well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We made some mistakes. They're a good team, better than they were last year. We took too many penalties towards the end and we'll have to clean that up to be competitive in our remaining league games. Eric Kulpa (Pittsfield, MA/St. Joseph Central), Steve Tarpey (Worcester, MA/Shrewsbury) and Nick Thayer all had strong games for us on the defensive end of the field."
The Corsairs continue a three-game home stand this Saturday when they tangle with Little East Conference foe UMass Boston at 1 p.m. The Buccaneers travel to Springfield on the same day.
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