April 22, 2014

Chasnov, Corsairs Power Past Salem State

SALEM, Mass. -- Junior Tyler Chasnov  (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) matched his season-high with six points to power the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team to a 16-9 Little East Conference victory over Salem State University this evening at Alumni Field.

The Corsairs (11-4) captured the third seed in the upcoming Little East Men's Lacrosse Championship tournament with a 4-2 record.  UMass Dartmouth will host the No. 6 seed on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 PM.

UMass Dartmouth utilized a well balanced scoring attack as nine Corsairs registered at least one point, including eight different goal scorers.  Chasnov displayed his play-making skills with two goals and four assists.  Sophomore Bo Prozinkski (Ashland, Mass.) recorded four goals, while junior Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass.) also produced four points with three goals and an assist.  Senior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) and classmate Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) each tallied three points.

UMass Dartmouth jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after goals were scored by Prozinkski and Chasnov in the opening minutes. Jacob Scordato (Milford, Mass.) cut the deficit to one with just under five minutes to play with a nifty finish out front of the net on a pass from Lento.  Seconds later, McPherson added to the Corsairs lead with a strong shot that slipped past Vikings goalie, Dylan Svenson (Billerica, Mass.), to gain a 3-1 lead.  Baxter contributed a goal as well that put UMass Dartmouth up two with two minutes remaining in the first period. However, before the end of the first, Lento was able to get a goal that cut UMass Dartmouth's' lead to just two prior to the second.

Baxter wasted no time in scoring for the Corsairs in the second quarter with a strong move to the goal that put UMass Dartmouth up 5-3 thirty seconds into the frame. To answer, Andy Rice (Weymouth, Mass.) muscled a goal past Corsairs starting goalie, Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) to bring the Vikings within two. Baxter added another goal but was followed by two unanswered goals from Alex Pearsons (Burlington, Mass.) and Rice of Salem State that allowed the hosts to whittle their deficit to one. 

UMass Dartmouth would not let the Vikings get any closer as the visitors erupted for a four-goal surge to extend their advantage to 10-5.  During that stretch, goals were scored by Prozinski, Chasnov, Todd Davis II (Sandwich, Mass.) and Niden.

The run took the contest into the third period were Rice added another goal for Salem State to decrease the Corsairs lead to 10-6 with 12 minutes remaining in the quarter. The visitors utilized a 3-0 run to balloon to seal their second straight conference win. 

Thayer finished with eight saves for UMass Dartmouth as he allowed seven of the nine goals. The other two goals were let in by back-up goalie Scott Spangenberg (Dover, Mass.). Svenson made 13 saves as he allowed 13 goals but was replaced in the third by Dominic Rovetto (Newbury, Mass.) who played well, making three saves on six attempts.

Lento finished the game with five points for Salem State on four assists and a goal.

UMass Dartmouth will close out its regular-season at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, when the Corsairs travel to University of Massachusetts Boston.