NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA –The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team outscored visiting Plymouth State, 8-2 in the final 22:12 and went on to defeat the Panthers, 11-6, in a Little East Conference game at Cressy Field Saturday.
Trailing, 4-3, the Corsairs got the tying goal from junior midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) with 7:21 remaining in the third quarter. Junior midfielder Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/ Westwood HS) and Davis each added goals before time expired in the third quarter to give the Corsairs a lead they would not relinquish, and UMD outscored PSU in the fourth quarter, 5-2, to seal the verdict.
UMD got goals from sophomore midfielder Dennis Healy (Hanover, MA/Hanover HS), junior midfielder Dan Dawley (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS), and junior attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) to take a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter. But PSU got scores from senior midfielder Mike Ventura (Columbia, NJ/North Warren Regional HS) and sophomore midfielder Aaron Boss (Keene, NH/Keene HS) to cut the lead to 3-2 at halftime. The Panthers then went ahead in the third quarter on goals by sophomore attacker Nick Morello (North Billerica, MA/Billerica Memorial HS) and junior attacker Chris Annunciata (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS) to take a 4-3 lead before Davis' score started the Corsairs' comeback.
Healy led UMD with three goals, while junior midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams) and Davis each scored twice. Annunciata scored twice to lead the Panthers.
"We played a hard fought game, and we played 60 minutes of lacrosse," said UMass Dartmouth Kevin Mahoney. "We did a lot of good things. Plymouth State came after us and came back. We played great defense, (junior goalkeeper) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) was solid, and defense was outstanding across the board with (junior) Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS), (senior) Ryan Holbrook (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) and (sophomore) Brian Grant (North Eastham, MA/Nauset HS) all playing very well. It was a good win. One of our goals was to make the playoffs and another was to have a home playoff game, and our next game will be in the playoffs."
The Corsairs outshot the Panthers, 43-28, and had a 35-25 edge in ground balls. Thayer and PSU freshman goalkeeper Bobby Noonan (Guilford, CT/Guilford S) each made 12 saves.
UMD improved to 10-4 and 4-3 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while PSU dropped to 8-4 and 4-3 in LEC play with the defeat. The teams finished the season tied for third place in the LEC, but the Corsairs earned the third seed in the upcoming tournament by virtue of their win against the Panthers. Both teams will return to action when the Little East Conference Tournament begins on Tuesday. UMass Dartmouth will host Western Connecticut State at 7:00 p.m.
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