NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Salem State 12-3 in a Little East Conference game Wednesday evening at Cressy Field. Freshman attacker Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) had a game-high six points (three goals, three assists) for the Corsairs, who improve their record to 9-4 overall and 3-3 in LEC play.
UMass Dartmouth jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by Tyler Chasnov (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth North), Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable) and Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood). Salem State (7-7, 0-6 LEC) got on the board when Ian Abrahamson (Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial) scored with 2:30 remaining in the opening frame.
Max Gansenberg (Beverly, MA/Beverly HS) cut the UMD advantage to 3-2 with the opening salvo of period two. That would be as close as the visitors would get in the game, as the Corsairs scored the next three goals for the 6-2 lead at the half. Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover) and MacPherson both scored on Prozinski assists and Baxter added an unassisted marker.
Junior midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams) opened the second half with beautiful individual-effort goals at 14:33 and 11:01 of the third quarter. Prozinski and Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich) added two more goals for the home squad as it blanked the Vikings in the frame for the 10-2 score.
Prozinski would score two more goals in the fourth quarter to complete the hat trick. Jacob Scordato (Milford, MA/Milford) notched the final tally for Salem State for the 12-3 final.
The Corsairs outshot the Vikings 39-24 (21-10 on goal) for the contest. Junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made five saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Dylan Svenson (Billerica, MA/Billerica) made nine stops for Salem State. Thayer's fellow backstop, Jesse Johnson (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke), turned aside both shots he saw in relief of his classmate.
UMD held a 38-30 edge in ground balls and won 15 faceoffs to SSU's five.
"We really did a 180 from Sunday," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We had a good practice yesterday. The kids were enthusiastic; they were fired up. We didn't execute as much as we could have in the first half, but the kids just kept playing the whole entire 60 minutes of lacrosse. We did a good job shutting them down defensively. Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury) had another nice game. Nick Thayer was strong in the cage. Our whole defense did an awesome job across the board. On offense we did a good job controlling the ball, controlling the possessions. It was nice to see and we really needed this break after Sunday. The kids had a tough weekend and it was good to get back to our normal routine and we're looking forward to our next home game on Saturday."
The Corsairs will return to action when they host conference foe Plymouth State on Saturday in their regular season finale. The game is set for a 1 p.m. start at Cressy Field. The Vikings host Southern Maine the same day.
UMASS DARTMOUTH MEN'S LACROSSE