BOSTON – Emmanuel erased a three-goal University of Massachusetts Dartmouth lead in the third quarter with six-straight scores, outlasting the Corsairs for a 13-9 victory at Clemente Field on Tuesday.
Score: Emmanuel 13, UMass Dartmouth 9
Records: Emmanuel (2-5) | UMass Dartmouth (1-5)
How it Happened
Senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) and junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) led UMass Dartmouth with three goals apiece, and Torres chipped in an assist for a team-high four points. Adding a goal and two assists was freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.), and goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) backstopped the Corsairs to 12 saves.
Emmanuel's Tony Cibelli (Westboro, Mass.) topped out as the Saints' leading scorer with three goals and an assist. Junior Charlie Moran (Maitland, Fla.) tacked on a goal with four helpers, and Michael Sousa (Cranston, R.I.) went 21-of-26 in the faceoff circle, scooping 17 ground balls.
UMass Dartmouth started strong, outshooting Emmanuel 28-11 in the first half without allowing a single Saint try in the second quarter. At the end of the first stanza, the teams stood at a 3-3 tie, as Torres scored the final two Corsair goals of the quarter to keep the score even.
In the second, the Corsairs forced nine Saint turnovers without LaFond needing to make a save, allowing the offense to put up a trio of scores. Prozinski dished to classmate Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) to start the streak, with junior DJ Miller (Ashland, Mass.) and Peters also finding the cage to build a 6-3 advantage.
The Saints then fully turned the tides to start the second half, overcoming the visitors as six different Emmanuel players scored in succession until Peters halted the streak with just 22 ticks left in the frame. With the hosts holding a 9-7 to start the final 15 minutes, the Saint tallied the first two goals to extend the lead. Despite additional goals from Peters and Torres to close, Emmanuel's 6-of-7 performance on the draw kept the ball in the Saints' sticks to hold off the Corsairs.
Inside the Numbers
- Emmanuel's dominant third quarter featured no turnovers while outshooting the Corsairs 15-5, forcing LaFond to make seven of his stops during the frame.
- Saint goalkeeper Austin Rosenberg (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) tallied 14 stops despite UMass Dartmouth registered its highest shot total in five games (38).
- UMass Dartmouth junior long stick midfielder Joe Mariano (Southborough, Mass.) paced the Corsair defense with a career-high four caused turnovers. Matt Daly (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Patrick Lucas (Brookfield, Mass.) led the squad with four ground balls apiece.
The Corsairs open their Little East Conference schedule on Saturday, hosting preseason conference favorite Keene State at 1 p.m.