Men's Lacrosse Drops Southern Maine, 14-5

Men's Lacrosse Drops Southern Maine, 14-5

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team scored 13 goals in the final three quarter to outdistance visiting Southern Maine, 14-5 in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.

The Corsairs broke a 1-1 first quarter tie by scoring four goals in the second quarter to take a 5-2 halftime lead. Sophomore midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) tied the game for UMD after junior midfielder Steve Ribero had put Southern Maine on top. Sophomore midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) and freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) each scored in the second quarter for UMass Dartmouth, while senior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored twice. Sophomore defenseman Dylan Kenney (Portland, ME/Portland HS) also scored for USM.

UMass Dartmouth scored five times in the third quarter. Roberto scored his third of the game, freshman midfielder Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) and senior midfielder Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) also scored, and sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) scored twice as the Corsairs led, 10-2, after three quarters.

Niden and Roberto led UMD with three goals each and Brett scored twice. Kenney scored a pair for the Huskies.

 "We played excellent defense today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "(Sophomore goalkeeper) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford MA/Chelmsford HS) was rock solid, and our defensive midfielders played well. Southern Maine is a very good team; they played well against Endicott, who is normally a powerhouse in New England. We made good offensive adjustments to their zone and we're starting to click offensively. We got up for today's game and played 45 minutes of great lacrosse. We head on the road now, where we're a little more focused and in a better frame of mind and we're excited to faceoff with Mass Maritime."

The Corsairs outshot the Huskies, 35-26. Thayer made 13 saves, while sophomore Jesse Johnson (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) made one. Junior Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS) and junior Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, ME/Cape Elizabeth HS) combined to make seven stops for Southern Maine.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 6-1 and 2-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 3-6 and 0-2 in LEC play with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Massachusetts Maritime Wednesday evening. The Huskies will host Colby Wednesday.

                                                   UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE