Men's Lacrosse Pulls Away to Defeat UMass Boston, 8-2

Men's Lacrosse Pulls Away to Defeat UMass Boston, 8-2

April 4, 2009

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team scored three times in the second quarter to take the lead for good and went on to defeat visiting UMass Boston, 8-2, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.

Senior midfielder Steve Colella (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) broke a 1-1 tie when he scored at 12:40 of the second quarter. Sophomore attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) made it 3-1 two minutes later, and junior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) added a goal at 6:51 to give the Corsairs a 4-1 halftime lead.

Senior attackman Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/Framingham HS) scored for UMass Dartmouth in the third quarter, before the Beacons' Aaron Pollock (Jr. Belmont, MA/Belmont HS) scored to cut the lead to 5-2. But UMass Dartmouth scored the only three goals of the fourth quarter to account for the final score.

Foster had two goals for the Corsairs, while Arsenault added a goal and three assists and Leary scored once and assisted twice. Colella, senior midfielder Matt Swirbalus (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), sophomore midfielder Nick Campbell (Rutland, VT/Rutland HS) and freshman attackman Dan Stefanini (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) also scored for UMD, while freshman midfielder Al Craven (Milton, MA/Milton HS) joined Pollock in scoring for the Beacons.

"We played well defensively today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We did a lot of things right and we did a lot of things better. We are progressing as a team defensively, and we are doing a better job of picking our spots to be aggressive."

UMass Dartmouth out shot UMass Boston, 36-14. Corsair freshman goaltender Kevin Pelsinski (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS) made eight saves, while UMB freshman goalie Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) made 15.

The Corsairs improved to 4-5 and 1-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while UMass Boston dropped to 1-4 and 0-2 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Southern Maine next Saturday. UMass Boston will visit MIT Tuesday.