MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team ripped off six consecutive goals to start the second half and erased a one-goal halftime deficit, knocking off the Corsairs in an 11-7 Tuesday evening at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
Score: Eastern Connecticut 11, UMass Dartmouth 7
Records: Corsairs (7-7, 2-4 LEC) | Warriors (8-6, 4-2 LEC)
How it Happened
Tom Donahue (Gloucester, Mass.) and Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) each found the net in the opening period to keep pace with Eastern Connecticut. But after the end of the first 15 minutes, the Warriors maintained a 3-2 lead.
In the second period, the Corsairs took the lead for the second time in the contest as it blanked the opposition while scoring a pair of markers. Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) continued his productive year as he cashed in on first of the game before Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass) joined in with his 27th of the year.
After the halftime break, Eastern Connecticut broke through for the eventual game-winning streak when it scored four unanswered goals throughout the third period. It extended into the early portion of the fourth frame as the host scored twice more to take a 9-4 lead. Rizzo broke the streak with his second of the game with 12:46 remaining, but the Warriors matched with two more goals to give them the 11-5 cushion.
Inside the final ten minutes of play, Prozinski notched his second of the contest, scoring off an assist from Torres with 7:16 to go. Minutes later, he finished off his hat-trick when he tucked a shot into the goal unassisted. But, the Warriors remained in front as time expired on the 11-7 final.
Behind Prozinski, sophomore midfielder Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, MA) scored twice. Senior defender Matt Daly (Chelmsford, MA) won half of his 14 faceoff attempts, and Prozinski, freshman LSM Sawyer Gibbons (Sandwich, MA) and freshman defenseman Ty Collins (Wakefield, MA) all won four ground balls, Collins also forcing two turnovers.
Inside the Numbers
- Rizzo notched his sixth multi-goal contest of the year while Prozinski posted his sixth hat-trick of the year, and second consecutive.
- Torres pushed his point-streak to ten games with his one goal, one assist outing.
- Senior Matt Daly (Chelmsford, Mass.) won seven of 14 face-offs in the contest while freshman Sawyer Gibbons (Sandwich, Mass.) and freshman Ty Collins (Wakefield, Mass.) won four ground balls.
- Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.) stopped a career-high 16 shots in a complete game effort between the pipes.
The Corsairs head into a pivotal matchup with Western Connecticut in the final game of the regular-season, traveling to take on the Colonels on April 27 at 4 p.m.