March 23, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Massachusetts Maritime Academy scored the only goal of the fourth quarter and held off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team, 10-9, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Monday.
MMA sophomore midfielder Jake Bickley (Wilbraham, MA/Minnechaug Regional HS) scored at 8:39 of the fourth quarter to break a 9-9 tie.
The teams had battled back and forth for the first three quarters, with neither squad able to gain a decisive advantage. The Corsairs took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by sophomore attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS), and led, 3-1 in the first quarter before the Bucs scored the next two goals to tie the game. Junior attackman Brian Burke (Del Mar, CA/San Dieguito Academy) scored three times for Mass Maritime in the second quarter. The Bucs built leads of 8-6 and 9-7 in the third quarter, but UMass Dartmouth got goals from Arsenault and sophomore midfielder Nick Campbell (Rutland, VT/Rutland HS) to tie the contest entering the fourth quarter.
Arsenault finished with five goals and one assist for the Corsairs, while junior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) added two assists. Brian Burke scored six times for the Buccaneers.
Mass Maritime outshot UMD, 34-33. Freshman goalkeeper Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) made 12 saves for the Corsairs, while junior James Hitchings (Dover, MA/Dover-Sherborn HS) made 10 for the Bucs.
"We played well in a lot of areas, but we just didn't execute at the end, and we couldn't score when we needed to," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We had a nice effort, but it was a disappointing loss."
The Corsairs dropped to 2-4 with the defeat, while MMA improved to 2-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Keene State Saturday in their Little East Conference opener, while the Bucs will visit SUNY Maritime Thursday evening.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE