DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Junior Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) notched four goals and a pair of assists to back a 15-save effort in net from junior Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.), as UMass Dartmouth held off a second half charge to post a 10-8 Little East Conference men’s lacrosse victory over UMass Boston Saturday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The host Corsairs (5-5, 2-1 LEC) raced out to a 7-0 advantage in the opening 23-plus minutes of play on the strength of Prozinski’s hat trick and a pair of tallies from freshman Kevin Swenson (Ipswich, Mass.), but the visiting Beacons (1-10, 0-3 LEC) crept back to within six (8-2) at the break and scored the first three goals after intermission to slice its deficit to three (8-5) on freshman Jeremy Girard’s (Hinsdale, Mass.) marker with 3:41 to play in the third stanza.
UMass Dartmouth responded by netting two of the contest’s next three goals, including a tally from junior Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) that gave the hosts a 10-6 cushion with 9:23 to play in the match, but UMass Boston cut that margin in half with two scores in a 45-second span on freshman Michael Claflin’s (Newton, Mass.) man-up marker with seven minutes remaining. Each team had three solid scoring chances in the final five minutes of action, as McCaffery came up with a pair of stops in the closing two-plus minutes of play to keep the visitors off the board and account for the final margin.
Sophomores Tim Jordan (Sandwich, Mass.) and Josh Souza (Sandwich, Mass.) each added a goal and two assists in the win for the Corsairs, who received a marker and helper from Rizzo along with a tally off the stick of sophomore Sawyer Gibbons (Sandwich, Mass.). Sophomore Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.) scored four goals and added an assist to finish with five points in the setback for the Beacons, who received a marker and helper from Claflin along with single tallies from junior Derek Caruso (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.). Sophomore Joe Mauceri (Scituate, Mass.) and Darragh Fahey (Walpole, Mass.) collected assists for UMass Boston, which held a 38-32 advantage in total shots (23-19 on goal) and a 12-8 edge in the faceoff circle for the contest.
UMass Dartmouth heads to Newport, R.I. on Monday afternoon to take on Salve Regina in a non-league outing beginning at 4:00 pm, while UMass Boston hosts Salem State in a Little East Conference matchup on Wednesday evening at Cotter Field in Boston that begins at 7:00 pm.