NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team smothered the University of Southern Maine with an impressive defensive effort to earn a 13-3 victory this afternoon in a Little East Conference matchup at Cressy Field.
The Corsairs (9-3) extend their win streak to four games and improve their conference record to 2-1, while the Huskies (2-9) slip to 0-3 in league play.
UMass Dartmouth stymied the Southern Maine attack by forcing a season-high 32 turnovers. In the first half, the Corsairs' defense surrendered only 10 shots and caused nine turnovers during the Huskies' 14 clearing attempts. UMass Dartmouth limited its second opponent this week and fourth overall to three or fewer goals.
On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) and junior Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass.) led UMass Dartmouth with five points each. Prozinski found the back of the net five times and Baxter tallied a hat trick and dished out a pair of assists. Senior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) registered four points, on a marker and three helpers, while classmate Todd Davis II (Sandwich, Mass.), Justin Lawless (Quincy, Mass.), Andrew Johnson (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) each chipped in a score for the Corsairs.
Freshman Tyler Jamison recorded a pair of scores for Southern Maine. Classmate Seth Wing added a goal of his own, while junior Burleigh Desjardi and freshman Jeff Urmston each assisted on a scoring play.
UMass Dartmouth was in total control in the opening half, generating a 9-0 halftime lead. Wing and Jamison scored the only two goals in the third quarter, ending the Huskies' scoring drought. In the fourth, the Corsairs utilized effective ball control to outscored the visitors 4-1 to seal the victory.
In between the pipes for UMass Dartmouth, senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) split the goaltending duties with freshman Matt Lafond (Bridgewater, Mass.). Thayer stopped two shots to earn his ninth win of the season, while Lafond turned away three attempts. Sophomore Ryan Jurgelevich saved 16 shots for Southern Maine.
The Corsairs return to action on Wednesday, April 16, when UMass Dartmouth travels to Little East rival Eastern Connecticut State University (6-5, 2-1 LEC). The opening face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.