April 19, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team did something they hadn't done before in their Little East Conference match against visiting Eastern Connecticut State at Cressy Field Tuesday.
The Corsairs outscored the Warriors, 7-4, in the second half and defeated Eastern Connecticut for the first time ever, 10-9.
Trailing, 5-1, early in the second quarter, the Corsairs got goals from junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) and freshman midfielder Jordan McPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) to close to within 5-3 at halftime. Junior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored early in the third quarter to make it 5-4, and the teams stayed within two goals of each other after that.
The Corsairs rallied in the fourth quarter, getting consecutive goals from Roberto, senior midfielder Bobby Smith (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) and senior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) to claim a 10-8 advantage with 3:08 remaining. Senior attacker Grant Albertson (New Canaan, CT/Trinity Pawling HS-NY) scored for ECSU to make it 10-9 with 2:28 left, but the Warriors could come no closer.
Arsenault had three goals and Roberto, Brett and Smith each had two for UMD. Albertson had three and senior attacker Vinny Tornatore (Norwalk, CT/Norwalk HS) had two for ECSU.
"Our senior leadership carried the day today," sad UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Our captains, Josh Arsenault, Bobby Smith, (senior defender) Paul Nunes (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS) and (senior midfielder) Steve Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) did a great job of getting everyone on the same page, controlling the pace, and keeping us going for all four quarters. We said we wanted to win every quarter, and they came out in the first quarter as their usual devastating selves. Our defender played well, (freshman goalkeeper) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) did a great job in the cage, and Christian Roberto did a great job in the cage. We did a great job of containing a powerhouse offense."
The Corsairs outshot the Warriors, 36-35. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made nine saves for UMD, while sophomore Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA/Tewksbury HS) made 12 stops for USM.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 11-2 and 3-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Eastern Connecticut dropped to 7-5 and 2-2 in LEC action with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State Saturday. The Warriors will host Salem State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE