Eastern Connecticut Tops Men's Lacrosse, 7-5

Eastern Connecticut Tops Men's Lacrosse, 7-5

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team fell to visiting Eastern Connecticut State, 7-5, in a Little East Conference game at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.

Eastern Connecticut (5-7, 3-1 LEC) took advantage of a UMass Dartmouth penalty to gain the early lead, when Tyler Fresen (Newington, CT/Newington) scored a man-up goal off a Trevor Morrissette (Bedford, NH/ Bedford) assist at 10:21.

Neither team would score again until the final minute of the first quarter when Kevin Fechtmann (Levittown, NY/Division Avenue) found the back of the net with 34 seconds remaining in the frame. Junior midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams) got the Corsairs (8-3, 2-2 LEC) on the board 14 seconds later with an unassisted marker to make it 2-1.

The teams would exchange goals in the second stanza, with Fresen scoring for the Warriors and junior attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole) registering a goal for the home squad. Both goals were unassisted as the teams went into the half with the score 3-2 in favor of ECSU.

Mike Jordan (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) opened the second half scoring for the visitors when he converted a Ryan Scott (Norwalk, CT/Brien McMahon) assist at 9:26 for the 4-2 advantage. Freshman attacker Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland) answered right back for UMD on a beautiful individual effort to cut the lead back down to one goal at 7:05 in the final frame.

Fresen showed his scoring touch once again at 6:25, taking a feed from Jordan and slipping it past UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) to again create a two-goal cushion at 6-4.

After a slashing penalty to Eastern Connecticut, Niden was able to capitalize on the man-up opportunity on an assist from junior midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich) to make it 6-5 with just over five minutes remaining to play in regulation.

Fechtmann added his second goal of the game to make it 7-5 on an assist from Zach Thresher (Somers, CT/Somers). ECSU was able to salt away the final 2:57 of game time to earn the victory.

Fresen led Eastern Connecticut with a game-high four goals, with Fechtmann adding a pair and Jordan chipping in one. Niden scored two goals for the Corsairs, with Prozinski and Lawless each adding a goal apiece.

"We played better than we did Saturday, we played 60 minutes of lacrosse," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We didn't finish our opportunities, and they took advantage of our mistakes. Tyler Fresen is one of the best players in the conference. At the end, we just came up a little bit short."

The Warriors held a dominant 12-4 advantage in the faceoff circle and scooped up 31 ground balls to the Corsairs' 27.

Thayer (8-3) finished with six saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA/Hyde [CT]) made 10 stops to improve to 3-2 for Eastern Connecticut. UMD outshot ECSU by a slim 30-29 (15-13 on goal) margin for the contest.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action when it visits Keene State Saturday. ECSU will host Southern Maine Saturday.