Warriors Advance Past Corsairs, 15-8
MANSFIELD, Mass. – Eight different Eastern Connecticut State University players logged a tally in the scoring column to boost the Warriors over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team, 15-8, in a Little East Conference matchup at the Mansfield Complex on Wednesday evening.
The Corsairs (9-4) had their four game-winning streak snapped and fall to 2-2 in the conference, while Eastern Connecticut (7-5) bounced back from a conference loss to Keene State to improve to 3-1.
At the halfway point in the opening frame, senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) gave UMass Dartmouth a 2-1 advantage. The Warriors followed with four unanswered scores from Tim Reilly, Dean Accomando (2) and Mike Devine to close out the quarter.
The home team carried their momentum into the following period as Devine, who led all scorers with five goals, found the back of the cage three more times and Accomando added another goal for his third mark of the contest to give Eastern Connecticut a 9-2 command at the break.
Mike Jordan opened the second half with an unassisted score, further increasing the Warrior's lead. Senior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) would bring the Corsairs within six (13-7) at the 2:50 mark in the third, but that would be as close as UMass Dartmouth would come to closing the gap.
The Corsairs' leading goal scorer, Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.), had trouble shaking free from the Warrior's defense as the sophomore attack man was limited to two goals on five shots, both under his season averages. Freshman Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) matched Prozinski with a pair of scores in the contest, marking a new high in Peter's young career.
In net, senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) stopped nine shots in 54 minutes of action for the Corsairs, while Blake Smaldone turned away eight attempts in 45 minutes to capture his sixth win of the season.
UMass Dartmouth will be honoring their eight senior student-athletes on Saturday, April 19, when the Corsairs host conference foe Western Connecticut State at 4 p.m.