BOSTON – UMass Boston registered the lone goals of the fourth quarter to break the tie and prevail 4-2 over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a defense-heavy Little East Conference matchup at James Cotter Field on Wednesday.
Score: UMass Boston 4, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: UMass Boston (5-7, 2-2 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (3-9, 0-4 LEC)
How it Happened
Junior DJ Miller (Ashland, Mass.) and freshman Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) were the lone goal scorers on the afternoon for the Corsairs, with both receiving assists from junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.). Senior goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) registered nine saves in the crease for UMass Dartmouth.
Four different Beacons found the cage, with Eric Wollrath (Groton, Mass.) and Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) tallying a score and an assist apiece. Dillon additionally backboned his team's defensive effort, causing a game-high six turnovers and gathering three ground balls.
At 13:43 in the first quarter, Anthony Tortora (Medford, Mass.) put the Beacons on the board. The remainder of the quarter and most of the second then surpassed without another score, with both teams combining for 21 turnovers. Miller finally broke through on the Corsairs' second man-up opportunity, scoring on the give from Torres with 42 ticks left in the half.
Rizzo secured UMass Dartmouth's only lead midway through the third quarter, again on the pass from Torres. The lead was erased shortly after the ensuing faceoff when Dillon scored on the assist from Wollrath.
The Beacons muscled ahead by one in the eighth minute of the fourth, when Wollrath converted off the Corsair turnover, and Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) potted an insurance marker at 3:05. UMass Dartmouth ripped four consecutive shots wide heading into the final minute, but the Beacons kept control following a caused turnover by Robert Ranta (Newton, Mass.)
Inside the Numbers
- The contest was even throughout, with the Beacons narrowly edging the Corsairs on face-offs (6-for-9), shots (26-22) and turnovers (18-20).
- Four goals is the fewest allowed by UMass Dartmouth on the season thus far.
- In the crease for the Beacons, Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) need to turn aside just six shots for the victory.
- UMass Boston snaps a four-game skid to the Corsairs including UMass Dartmouth's pair of one-goal victories over the Beacons last season.
UMass Dartmouth returns home on Saturday, hosting Western Connecticut at Cressy Field at 1 p.m. The Corsairs will honor their six seniors prior to the opening whistle.