Hawks Hand Corsairs 1st Loss

NEWPORT, R.I. – Roger Williams University held the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team scoreless during the second and third quarters to hand the Corsairs their first loss of the season, 11-6, this afternoon.

UMass Dartmouth (4-1) controlled the pace in the first quarter, out shooting its hosts, 9-5. The Hawks (6-1) cracked the scoring column just 33 seconds into the match, but the Corsairs responded with the final two markers of the frame. Junior Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass.) had a hand in both UMD goals, setting up senior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) before netting an extra man marker.

The Corsairs were unable to solve the Roger Williams defense for the next 30 minutes of regulation as junior goalie Luke Aubrey stopped all five shots he faced between the second and third quarters. Meanwhile, the Hawks rattled off seven unanswered goals, including two markers by Will Siefert and Jon Nessa, to take a commanding 8-2 advantage into the final frame.

UMass Dartmouth broke its scoring drought at the two minute, 47 second mark, when MacPherson tallied his second of the game. Roger Williams countered with two scores to push its advantage to 10-3 before senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) sandwiched a pair of goals between a Hawks' marker. Senior Todd Davis (Sandwich, Mass.) capped the scoring with 62 seconds remaining in regulation.

Senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) suffered his first setback of the season, allowing 11 goals on 18 shots. Classmate Steven Tarpey (Shrewsbury, Mass.) scooped up a team-best five ground balls.

Roger Williams dominated the X, winning 18 of the 21 restarts. The Hawks also held a 41-17 advantage in ground balls.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on March 22, when the Corsairs host Wentworth .