Corsairs Tame Lyons, 13-7

NORTON, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team scored the opening five goals of the game to earn a 13-7 victory at Wheaton College (Mass.) this afternoon in a light snow at Nordin Field.  The Corsairs held a decisive 63-21 advantage in shots to improve their record to 2-0 on the season. 

UMass Dartmouth featured a well-balanced attack as seven student-athletes registered at least two points, led by sophomore Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) with four goals. Junior Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass.) also recorded four points, including three assists, while classmate Dennis Healy (Hanover, Mass.) penned a hat trick into his ledger with three man-up markers.  Senior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) and classmate Todd Davis (Sandwich, Mass.) tallied three points for the visitors.  Sophomore Zach Drolette (Burlington, Vt.) scooped up a team-high nine groundballs, while senior Jared Wright (Gloucester, Mass.) caused three turnovers. 

Freshman Devin Higgins (Nantucket, Mass.) paced the Lyons (2-1) with four goals, while junior Matthew Hillman (Brookline, Mass.) added a pair of goals and freshman Ryan Gjerset (Austin, Texas) found the back of the net once. Senior Colby Shields (Yarmouth, Maine) facilitated the attack with two assists.

The Corsairs were clicking on all cylinders in the opening frame, outscoring their hosts 5-1.  Senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) cracked the scoring column at the one-minute, 57-second mark, while Baxter increased the lead 60 seconds later.  Davis set up markers by sophomore Tyler Prentice (Chelmsford, Mass.) and MacPherson to stretch the visitors' advantage to 4-0.  Healy capped UMass Dartmouth's early five-goal barrage, when he converted on an extra-man opportunity with 19 seconds remaining in the quarter.  Wheaton was able to build a little momentum at the end of the quarter as Hillman barely beat the buzzer to put the hosts on the scoreboard.

The visitors continued to apply the offensive pressure in the second stanza as Prozinski and MacPherson found the back of the net off assists from Baxter to give the Corsairs a 7-1 lead.  The Lyons countered with three unanswered markers, including the final two goals from Higgins.  UMass Dartmouth utilized its special teams to push Wheaton to an arm's length distance as Healy completed his hat trick with two man-up goals.  The Corsairs entered the halftime intermission with a 9-4 advantage.

Although UMass Dartmouth was able to out shoot the Lyons 21-4 in the third frame, they were unable to solve sophomore Ryan Clair (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) who made 11 saves.  Wheaton capitalized on its limited opportunities with the only two markers of the quarter to whittle its deficit to 9-6 with 15 minutes remaining in regulation.

The Corsairs would not let the hosts get any closer as Prozinski accounted for three of the visitors' four goals.  The Ashland, Mass. product tallied UMass Dartmouth's three final markers to raise his individual total to eight goals on the campaign.

Senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) made eight saves to backstop the Corsairs to the victory.  Clair finished the contest with a career-high 15 saves after relieving the starter, senior Harrison Bramhall (Barrington, R.I.), just before halftime.

UMass Dartmouth held a 66-44 advantage in ground balls.  The visitors forced 29 turnovers, while only committing 14.  The Corsairs enjoyed a 13-for-23 advantage at the X, thanks to Drolette winning 8-of-13 restarts. 

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, when the Corsairs host Mount Ida College (2-1).