March 25, 2010
BUZZARDS BAY, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team raced out to a 10-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat host Massachusetts Maritime, 17-5, in a non-conference match at Clean Harbors Stadium Thursday evening.
Junior attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored four of UMass Dartmouth's first nine goals. Senior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) and junior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) also scored twice each in the first half. Espinols's goal 52 seconds into the third quarter staked the Corsairs to an 11-0 lead before Connor Burke got the Buccaneers on the board with a man-up goal a minute and 12 seconds later.
Arsenaiult finihed with five goals and three assists for UMass Dartmouth, while Foster had four goals and three assists. Espinola had four goals and one assist, and sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored twice and added an assist. Burke led the Bucs with two goals.
"We played our best four quarters of lacrosse this season," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We were aggressive, our offense started to click, our defense really played well, and (sophomore goaltender) Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) had a phenomenal game, he made five or six really good saves. They've beaten us two years in a row and we really wanted to win this time."
UMass Dartmouth out shot MMA, 48-28. Crown made 14 saves and gave up three goals in nearly 52 minutes before freshman Peter Foley (Northbridge, MA/Blackstone Valley Regional Tech HS) finished up, making two saves. James Hitchings played 45 minutes for the Bucs and made 13 saves, while Ryan Delaney finished up and made one save. UMD converted two of eight extra-man opportunities, while the Bucs were two for six.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-3 with the victory, while Mass Maritime dropped to 0-4 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Wheaton Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE