GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Cam Thibault’s (Scarborough, Maine) golden goal 30 seconds into overtime lifted Southern Maine to a 10-9 Little East Conference men’s lacrosse victory over UMass Dartmouth Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
Thibault’s heroics came after the host Huskies (4-6, 1-3 LEC) had built a three-goal advantage (8-5) on freshman Colin Kinney’s (Belgrade, Maine) tally with 9:35 remaining regulation only to see the visiting Corsairs (5-7, 2-2 LEC) storm back to force the extra session with four scores in less than six minutes. Junior Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) pulled UMass Dartmouth within one (8-7) with 4:41 to play in the fourth quarter, but senior Paul Leonardo’s (Groton, Mass.) marker with 3:13 remaining gave Southern Maine a two-goal cushion. Sophomore Tim Jordan’s (Sandwich, Mass.) goal 59 seconds later enabled the visitors to creep back to within one once again, and fellow sophomore Josh Souza (Sandwich, Mass.) evened matters with 1:50 remaining in regulation to force the overtime period. Sophomore Derek Davidson (Hollis, N.H.) won the faceoff to open the frame for the Huskies that set up Thibault’s game-winner.
Thibault and Leonardo each finished with a pair of goals and an assist in the triumph for Southern Maine, which received two goals each from juniors Bryce Randall (Portland, Maine) & Tristan Dundas (Abbotsford, B.C.). Freshman Andrew Eno (Brunswick, Maine) chipped in with a marker and helper on the day for the Huskies, who received assists off the sticks of senior Sam Hornblower (Portland, Maine) and freshman Nick James (Portland, Maine).
Jordan notched a hat trick in the setback for UMass Dartmouth, which received two goals from freshman Zak Wirsen (Bourne, Mass.) along with a marker and helper from junior Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.). Freshman Kevin Swenson (Ipswich, Mass.) also tallied for the Corsairs, who received an assist from fellow freshman Alexi Fauzey (Charlestown, R.I.).
Sophomore Griffin Hanson (Dover, N.H.) picked up the win in goal with a 12-save effort for Southern Maine, while junior Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.) also made 12 stops in the setback for UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs outshot the Huskies by a 40-30 margin overall (22-21 on goal), but the hosts held a 13-10 edge in the faceoff circle for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth heads to Danbury, Conn. on Wednesday evening to take on Western Connecticut in a Little East Conference match beginning at 7:00 pm, while Southern Maine hosts Salem State in a Little East clash on Wednesday evening that begins at 6:00 pm.