April 14, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Visiting Eastern Connecticut State scored eight goals in the second half and came from behind to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team, 10-7, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Tuesday.
The Warriors scored thrice within 42 seconds early in the third quarter to take a 5-3 lead, then scored three more goals in a span of 4:15 in the first part of the fourth quarter to open up a 9-4 advantage.
Sophomore attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored twice in the first half to stake the Corsairs to a 3-2 halftime lead. His first goal put UMD ahead, 2-1, at 8:10 of the first quarter. He scored with 4:32 left in the second quarter to give UMass Dartmouth a halftime advantage.
Senior midfielder D.J. Simmons (Mystic, CT) scored twice for ECSU early in the third quarter, and sophomore midfielder Eric Vasil (Southington, CT) and senior attackman Matthew Savage (Southington, CT) scored the other two goals that gave the Warriors the lead for good.
Arsenault scored late in the third quarter to cut the ECSU lead to 6-4. Savage ignited the three-goal barrage in the fourth quarter that put Eastern Connecticut further ahead. Senior attackman Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/Framingham HS), senior attackman Bobby Young (Billerica, MA/Billerica HS) and senior midfielder Steve Colella (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) scored in the fourth quarter to make it 10-7, but UMD could get no closer.
"We played well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We took advantage of some mistakes in the first half, and we played well defensively. We played a very talented eastern team, and we came away from today's game as a better team as a result of our effort."
Eastern Connecticut out shot UMass Dartmouth, 41-36. Corsair freshman goaltender Kevin Pelsinski (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS) made 17 saves, while senior Kyle Savage (Southington, CT) made 20 for the Warriors.
"Kevin was phenonemal," said Mahoney. "He showed shy he was Little East Rookie of the Week two weeks in a row."
The Corsairs dropped to 5-6 and 2-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while the Warriors improved to 8-3 and 4-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Plymouth State Saturday. ECSU will host UMass Boston Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE