DANBURY, Conn. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team punched its ticket to the Little East Conference (LEC) postseason as Donovan Prozinski's (Ashland, Mass.) career-high seven tallies - including the game-winner one minute into overtime - completed the comeback to provide the Corsairs with a dramatic 11-10 victory over Western Connecticut in the regular-season finale.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 11, Western Connecticut 10
Records: Corsairs (8-9, 3-4 LEC) | Colonels (6-9, 2-5 LEC)
How it Happened:
UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut entered the game with a win and you're in scenario, as the victor of the contest would be awarded the no. 6 seed for the LEC playoffs. The Colonels' entered with all the momentum as it controlled a 6-1 advantage at the conclusion of the opening period.
The Blue and Gold stormed back in the second, controlling a 6-2 goal tally to pull within one-goal of leveling the score. Prozinski continued the personal season-trend offensively as he registered four goals in the second stanza alone. Sophomore Tom Donahue (Gloucester, Mass.) and senior Dean Miller (Ashland, Mass.) chipped in with the other two goals for the team as it entered the halftime break with the 8-7 deficit.
The team offenses slowed in the second half of play, but Prozinski did not. After Western Connecticut's John Ward (Mahopac, N.Y.) got things going in the third period, Pronzski responded to keep pace on the scoreboard, cashing in an unassisted marker with 7:31 left in the frame.
In the fourth, the sophomore found the net for his sixth of the game to tie it up at nine. Six minutes later, Donahue registered the go-ahead with 3:34 remaining. But with Western Connecticut's season hanging in the balance, Ward re-leveled the number on the scoreboard when he connected with the netting for his fourth of the contest.
However, it was Prozinski's day as he refused to have a playoff spot denied for his team. Sawyer Gibbons (Sandwich, Mass.) controlled the opening faceoff in overtime to re-engage the offense, getting the ball into the stick of the team's leading scorer who did the rest to seal the dramatic 11-10 comeback victory.
Inside the Numbers
- Prozinski's seven goals set a new single-game high for the sophomore, surpassing his previous career-high of four. Eight points in a contest also rank as the most achieved by him in one game.
- Donahue moved his goal-streak to four games and his point-streak to nine in the victory in his sixth multi-tally game of the year.
- Despite six shots in the game, Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) saw his 10-game goal and point streaks come to an end.
- Starting in his third straight contest in goal, Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.) turned away nine shots in a complete game victory to even his season-record to 3-3.
- Of the team's 143 goals in the regular-season, 109 of those have been scored by sophomores or freshmen.
The Blue & Gold travel to Southern Maine for a LEC quarterfinal round matchup on Tuesday, May 1. In the previous meeting on April 21, the Corsairs knocked off the Huskies in a 10-6 decision.