Men's Lacrosse Defeats Salem State, 7-5

April 21, 2009

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team jumped out to an early lead and held off visiting Salem State, 7-5, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Tuesday evening.

The Corsairs got goals from senior midfielder Matt Swirbalus (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) and senior attackman Bobby Young (Billerica, MA/Billerica HS) 41 seconds apart in the first quarter to take a 3-1 lead. Each team scored four goals during the final three quarters, during which the Corsairs held the lead for the remainder of the game.

Young's goal at 10:04 of the second quarter allowed UMD to take a 4-2 lead into the halftime intermission. Junior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) scored all three of the Corsairs' goals in the second half, the final one giving UMass Dartmouth a 7-4 lead with 13:40 remaining. Junior midfielder Mark Duran (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical HS) scored the Vikings' second man-up goal of the game with 5:17 remaining, but the Corsairs held Salem State off the rest of the way.

Foster finished with four goals for UMD, while Young added a pair. Duran scored twice for Salem State, while sophomore attackman Jonathan Falls (Seekonk, MA/Bishop Hendricken HS) scored the other three Viking goals.

"Defensively, we had a strong effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We played well, and we did a lot of things right. Offensively, we did just enough to win the game. Bobby Young stepped up and had a good day, and Andrew Foster is having his best offensive year for us. He is being a true leader and doing a great job."

UMass Dartmouth out shot Salem State, 34-21. Corsair freshman goaltender Cameron Crown Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) made 10 saves, while sophomore Brendan Gill (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made 17 stops for the SSC.

The Corsairs improved to 6-7 and 3-3 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 5-8 and 2-4 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Western Connecticut State in the final game of the regular season Saturday. Salem State will visit Becker Thursday.