NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior captain Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) surpassed the 100-career point mark on Thursday evening with a game-high five points as the Corsairs cruised past Westfield State 6-2 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) meeting.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Westfield State 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-3-1, 2-1-1 MASCAC) | Westfield State (1-4, 0-3 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs were outshot 21-5 in the opening period, but still came away with a lead before intermission thanks to the pinpoint effort of senior goalkeeper Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.). The hosts jumped ahead in the final minute when senior Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) connected on a pass to Shea on the right dot before he fired into the netting for his second goal of the year.
UMass Dartmouth came out strong in the second, coming away with a pair of goals to show for the effort. The first came when senior Jerry Laasko (Tampere, Finland) snuck the rubber through the space between the post and the pad of the opposing keeper. With three minutes left in the period, junior Mason Nichols (Oviedo, Fla.) sniped home his first tally of the year, beating the keeper one-on-one to give his team the 3-0 advantage.
The scoring barrage continued in the third period for the host team. Before all was said and done, Sones finished with his second career hat trick, firing off three goals in the first 12 minutes of the final stanza. The first came in power play fashion at 2:43, with assists from Shea and junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) and the next two following soon after.
Westfield State salvaged what they could, scoring twice in the final six minutes on markers from Danny Ferri (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Aaron Clancy (Quincy, Mass.) to negate the shutout.
Inside the Numbers
- Shea becomes the 35th member of UMass Dartmouth's 100 Point Club, dating back to the program's inception in 1974, and the first since Joe Hill reached the total in 2011.
- Shea and Sones now sit tied atop the MASCAC statistical rankings in scoring with seven points apiece.
- UMass Dartmouth was outshot 50-30 on the contest, but went 2-for-5 on power play chances while holding the Owls to 0-3 on the man-advantage.
- Michals game away with a season-high 48 saves in his complete performance in net, bettering his previous best of 32 on Nov. 2 against Assumption.
- Thursday marked the first time this season the Corsairs had two multi-goal scorers. Sones has completed the task twice this year.
- Four goals is the largest margin of victory for UMass Dartmouth since the Corsairs defeated Stonehill by the same score on Jan. 19 of last season.
The Corsairs travel to Framingham State this Saturday for a MASCAC tilt at 7:40 p.m. Westfield State squares off with Worcester State on the same day at 5:35 P.M. for an in-conference affair.