April 21, 2009
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.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE