DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Sophomore Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) matched a career game-high output with four goals in the game including three in the fourth frame, but the effort was just shy of erasing the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse deficit as it dropped a non-conference meeting with Norwich University in the season-opener at Cressy Field, 13-10.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 10, Norwich University 13
Records: UMass Dartmouth 0-1 (0-0 LEC) | Norwich University 1-0 (0-0 GNAC)
How It Happened
Norwich outscored the Corsairs 6-2 in the first-half with five different players scoring goals. Sophomore Cody Moore (Canton, N.Y.) led the way with a pair off his stick to pad the lead. UMass Dartmouth got the lone markers in the opening half of action from Prozinski and Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) before heading in for the lockeroom break.
The team's matched scoring totals in the third quarter with three apiece starting less than a minute in when the Cadet's increased the lead 7-2 with Josh Jenkin's (Centennial, Colo.) second strike of the game.
Moments later, the Corsairs got it back when freshman Josh Souza (Sandwich, Mass.) rifled his first of the year past the opposing keeper to shorten the gap. After back-to-back goals from Norwich, UMass Dartmouth closed the third on their own two-goal streak with markers from Jimmy Hirtle (Tewksbury, Mass.) and Dean Miller (Ashland, Mass.) capping the frame with the 9-5 lead in favor of the Cadets.
After surrendering a pair of goals to the Cadets early on in the fourth, the Corsairs worked diligently to dig themselves out of the six-goal hole, starting with 11:53 to play as Provinski sandwiched another Norwich marker with unassisted tallies of his own. Miller and Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) netted the last two goals for the Corsairs as the game closed with the 13-10 final.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth controlled the shot total in the game 45-35 with Torres and Prozinski leading all offensive players with 14 shots apiece.
- Norwich had the advantage on ground balls, 24-15, as well as a slight lead in face-offs won at a 14-12 margin.
- The team's finished deadlocked in forced turnovers with nine apiece.
- Corsairs goalie Kyle Taylor (Raynham, Mass.) posted a complete game-effort coming away with 12 saves while Ian Kriger (Burlington, Mass.) picked up his first win of the year on the other side with his 60-minute, 20 save performance.
UMass Dartmouth host its second-consecutive home game on March 3 when it takes on Rivier in a non-conference tilt at 12:00 pm. Norwich has its own home-opener the same day when it goes against Coast Guard with a 1:00 pm start.