UMass Boston Edges Men's Lacrosse in OT, 8-7
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – Ryan McGoff (Charlestown, MA/Winchester) scored with seven seconds left in the first overtime period to lift the visiting UMass Boston men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 8-7, in a Little East Conference game at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon. The sudden victory extra frame marked the only period of the game in which the two teams did not score an equal number of goals.
Both teams were scoreless through the first 10 minutes and 35 seconds of the game until the Beacons (4-9, 1-2 LEC) opened the scoring when Thomas Petitti (Quincy, MA/North Quincy) netted an unassisted man-down goal at 5:25. Dom Fichera put the visitors up 2-0 at the 3:50 mark off an assist from McGoff.
The Corsairs (8-2, 2-1 LEC) answered right back with two goals of their own to close out the opening stanza, with freshman attacker Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland) and sophomore midfielder Dennis Healey (Hanover, MA/Hanover) finding the back of the net at 2:43 and 1:11, respectively.
Fichera struck again for UMass Boston to open the scoring in the second quarter, converting a John Powers (Marshfield, MA/Marshfield) assist at 12:40.
UMass Dartmouth was able to turn a two minute non-releasable penalty to the Beacons' Ed McDonald (Waltham, MA/Waltham Senior) into man-up goals by sophomore attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover) and junior attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole), on assists from Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams) and Prozinski. The markers put the home squad ahead, 4-3.
Fichera added another goal with 6:50 remaining to knot the score at 4-4. That would be the score at the half.
Fichera scored again to put the Beacons up quickly out of the halftime break, scoring 26 seconds into the third quarter off a Nick Weiss (Westfield, MA/Westfield) assist.
Niden tied the score at 5-5 when he ripped a shot past the UMB goalkeeper off a pass from Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood) at 11:38.
Niden scored again to open the fourth quarter and put UMD up 6-5, this time on an assist from Lawless.
Donny Delpha (Walpole, MA/Walpole) pulled the Beacons back even when he scored an unassisted man-up goal at 9:26.
Fichera and Gaffney exchanged goals in the final 6:02 of regulation, making it 7-7 after four quarters of play.
Both teams had chances in the overtime period, with UMB holding a 4-2 edge in shots. After a scoreless first 3:53, Delpha found McGoff on the right post from behind the net for the game-winner.
Fichera led the Beacons with a game-high five goals. Niden registered a hat trick for the Corsairs, with Gaffney adding a pair of his own. Lawless and Prozinski tied for the game high with two assists apiece.
The Corsairs held a dominant 15-4 advantage in the faceoff circle and scooped up 47 ground balls to the Beacons' 36.
Junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) finished with six saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Henry Bristol (South Hadley, MA/South Hadley) made 15 stops for UMass Boston. UMD outshot UMB 41-21 (22-14 on goal) for the contest.
"It's simple," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We play up and down. We play up to the stronger teams and down to the teams we're supposed to beat. Sometimes we don't bring it, and today we didn't bring it."
"UMass Boston had a good game plan and we were not patient enough with the ball and we had almost 20, 22 unforced turnovers," Mahoney added. "You can't do that in college lacrosse and they made us pay for it. They have a nice young squad and they ended up playing much better than we did today. We're trying to do too much as individuals, and we kind of got away from our team concepts."
The Corsairs close out a three-game home stand when they host Eastern Connecticut State Wednesday night. The game is set for 7 p.m. at Cressy Field. The Beacons travel to Keene State Wednesday.
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