PORTLAND, Me. – The #6 UMass Dartmouth men's lacrosse team saw their season end on Tuesday in a Little East Conference first-round nail-biter, as #3 Southern Maine struck for the game-winning marker with just two seconds remaining in regulation to finish in front of the back and forth battle by the 8-7 final.
Score: Southern Maine 8, UMass Dartmouth 7
Records: Huskies (8-8, 5-3 LEC) | Corsairs (8-10, 3-5 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth got things going in the game as it jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first period. Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) found the net during the run for their 21st and 41st goals of the season respectively. By period's end, Southern Maine battled their way back into the contest as markers from Steve Gilbert (Litchfield, Me.) and Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass.) tied the contest.
In the second, the Corsairs began with the same energy it did to open the contest as they put forth three goals to take a 5-2 lead. Goals by Rizzo and Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) bookended the first of the game by Tom Donahue (Gloucester, Mass.). But again, the Huskies were hard to stave off as they came back with two of their own to cut the gap to 5-4 before halftime.
Southern Maine controlled the tempo of the game throughout the third period as it took its first lead of the game. Leonardo knotted it at five with 12:17 before Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, BC.) gave his team the first late-marker, striking twine with just one tick remaining on the clock. In the fourth, the Corsairs mounted their own come from behind effort when Donahue's strong play continued, scoring back-to-back goals for the team to regain the advantage 7-6.
In the two-minute mark of regulation, Southern Maine had the game-winning push, starting when Seth Wing notched his first of the game to level the score. UMass Dartmouth held strong throughout most of the remaining time, and it looked as if the game would need to be decided in overtime until Dundas scored the deciding point with only two seconds left in the game.
Inside the Numbers
- Donahue had his fourth career hat-trick in the setback, all coming this year. This season, he shattered his previous season-highs in goals and assist with 25 and 11 respectively.
- Prozinski finished the season with the team led in points (64) and goals (41). Those are the most since his brother Bo accumulated 79 points on 57 goals in 2016.
- 41 goals and 23 helpers
- With a goal and an assist, Torres picked up his 15th multi-goal performance of the season. He finished with points in 16 of the 18 games to close out his collegiate career.
- Rizzo also upped his previous season-high totals after recording 22 goals and eight assists in the 2018 season.