April 1, 2009
NEWTON, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team built an 8-3 lead after three quarters and held off host Mount Ida in the fourth quarter for a 9-7 victory in a non-conference match at the Mount Ida Athletic Field Wednesday.
Junior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) scored at 9:22 of the second quarter to give the Corsairs a 3-2 lead. Senior attackman Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/Framingham HS) scored at 1:47 to make it 5-3, and Foster added a goal seconds later to give UMD a 6-2 halftime advantage.
Leary scored with 11:34 remaining in the third quarter to make it 7-2. Brett Conley countered for the Mustangs at 1:40, but Leary scored at 1:40 and sophomore attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) added a goal with 15 seconds left in the quarter to make it 8-3.
Arsenault scored with 8:29 left in the game to stake the Corsairs to a six-goal advantage. MIC came back, getting four goals in the fourth quarter, including a pair from Leo Shidler 10 seconds apart that made it 9-7 with 2:46 remaining. UMass Dartmouth senior midfielder Steve Colella (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) was penalized 30 seconds for pushing at 2:20, but Corsair freshman goaltender Kevin Pelsinski (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS) stopped Derek O'Reilly's power play opportunity, and UMD denied the Mustangs the rest of the way.
Leary finished with four goals for the Corsairs, Arsenault added three and Foster scored twice. Foster had two assists, while Leary had one. Shidler had three goals for the Mustangs, Matt Savage added two, and Conley had a goal and four assists.
"We played very well for three and a half quarters, and then they came back," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We were playing well defensively, we were aggressive, and we were getting ground balls. They came back and took advantage of some mistakes we made, but we held the ball the last two minutes. We improved as a team today."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Mount Ida, 47-31. Pelsinski made eight saves in his first collegiate start, while Mustang goalkeeper Justin Famiglietti made 19 stops.
The Corsairs improved to 3-5 with the victory, while Mount Ida dropped to 3-6 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host UMass Boston Saturday. Mount Ida will visit Lyndon State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE