March 8, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team scored the first 12 goals of the game and went on to defeat visiting Becker, 21-5, in a non-conference game at Cressy Field Monday.
The Corsairs, who broke on top when sophomore attackman Austin Ray (Sandwich, MA/Tabor Academy) scored 10 seconds into the game, took a 9-0 lead after the first quarter. Ray and junior attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) each scored twice for UMass Dartmouth in the first quarter. Junior midfielder Bobby Smith (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) scored 59 seconds into the second quarter, and UMD added two more goals before senior attackman Josh Fask (Worcester, MA/Doherty HS) put the Hawks on the board at the 6:54 mark.
Freshman attackman Brendon Dalton (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS) replied at5:58, scoring the first of his five goals. Freshman midfielder Braddock Bell (South Hadley, MA/South Hadley HS), Dalton and sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored before the first half ended, and UMD led at the intermission, 16-1.
Junior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton Dunstable HS) scored early in the third quarter, and then Dalton scored twice to make it 19-1 with 3:40 remaining.
Dalton had five goals and Roberto had three as 11 Corsairs scored. Fask scored three times for Becker.
"We were able to come out and play a good game today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We stuck to our game plan in the first quarter, and then we were able to rotate players in and out. We told our team that we wanted their best effort, and we did a lot of things right. We're moving in the right direction."
The Corsairs out shot the Hawks, 37-14. Sophomore goaltenders Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) and Andrew Weaver (Westport, MA/Westport HS) and freshman Peter Foley (Northbridge, MA/Blackstone Valley Tech) combined to make seven saves for UMass Dartmouth, while senior Ryan Murphy (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) and junior Joe Corcoran (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East HS) combined to make 12 stops for BC. The Corsairs converted two of three man-up opportunities, while the Hawks were one for five, and UMass Dartmouth had 57 ground balls to 23 for Becker.
UMD improved to 1-2 with the victory, while Becker dropped to 0-2 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Norwich Thursday. Becker will host Thomas on Saturday, March 20th. .
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE