DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) set a career-high with 24 saves to keep his team in contention, but Roger Williams dictated the face-off circle, winning all but two on the game in a 13-9 victory over the Corsairs at Cressy Field.
Score: Roger Williams 13, UMass Dartmouth 9
Records: Roger Williams (3-3) | UMass Dartmouth (1-3)
How it Happened
Roger Williams junior Eddie Hill (Somers, Conn.) connected for a game-high four goals on a game-high 13 shots, chipping in an assist for the Hawks. Freshman Jude Marzec (West Islip, N.Y.) found the net three times, and senior Max Cammarota (Redding, Conn.) dished out three assists and was one of six Hawks to score a single goal.
LaFond's save total upped his previous career high from 19, as he received offensive support from junior Jordan Torres' (New Bedford, Mass.) three goals. Senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) totaled a game-high four assists, and classmate Anthony Gallo (Bridgewater, Mass.) registered three points on a goal and a pair of helpers.
The Hawk offense was firing consistently from the get-go with 14 shots in the first quarter, but the Corsairs kept the score even with clean play. UMass Dartmouth bumped ahead 2-1 with Torres' first goal at 10:31, before Hill found the cage for back-to-back goals. Corsair freshman Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) then drew the score to 3-all prior to the end of the first on the pass from Peters.
After a scoreless 12 minutes in the second, Roger Williams potted three quick goals including two by Marzec within just over a minute to gather its first real advantage. With just two ticks on the game clock before half, junior DJ Miller (Ashland, Mass.) kept UMass Dartmouth within shouting distance with his first goal of the season.
Out of the break, freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) edged the Corsairs back within one, but the Hawks responded with two scores thanks to a perfect 8-of-8 face-off performance in the third. Heading into the final quarter, RWU's Justin MacIntyre (Norwalk, Conn.) kicked off what would be a four-goal streak in favor of the Hawks, effectively putting the game out of reach as UMass Dartmouth committed six turnover in the final stanza.
Inside the Numbers
LaFond's consistency in between the pipes resulted in the highest save total for a UMass Dartmouth goalkeeper since Steve Chase posted 20 stops on two separate occasions during the 2007 season. The senior captain additionally scooped a game-high 10 ground balls.
Of the contest's 25 face-offs, Roger Williams collected 23 (92 percent), with Harrison Levesque (Ridgefield, Conn.) going 14-16 and Luke Bernasconi (Hanover, Mass.) a perfect 9-9.
UMass Dartmouth posted its highest shot-on-goal percentage of the season at 72 percent, but allowed the highest shot-on-goal percentage from an opponent this season with the Hawks' 74 percent performance.
For Roger Williams, sophomore goaltender Weston Nolan (Falmouth, Maine) turned aside a season-high 12 shots in the full 60 minutes.
UMass Dartmouth looks to right the ship at home on Saturday, hosting Wheaton (Mass.) for a 3 p.m. start.Roger Williams will open Commonwealth Coast Conference play on the same date, traveling to Endicott at 3 p.m.