FOXBORO, Mass. – Junior Jonathan Ruiz (Williamstown, N.J.) led the high-powered University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offense on Saturday, coming out with his first career hat-trick as the Corsairs topped Stonehill 6-3 in a non-conference matchup on the road.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 6, Stonehill 3
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-6-1, 3-2-1 MASCAC) | Stonehill (4-4-1, 2-1-1 NE10)
How it Happened
Ruiz gave the Corsairs the early upper-hand, scoring the game's opening marker six minutes in when he finished in on the power play on assists from seniors Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) and Jerry Laakso (Tampere, Finland).
Nearly one period later to the minute, Ruiz struck again when Laakso was there to set up the 2-0 lead for the Corsairs.
Stonehill got to work on the deficit 7:07 into the frame when sophomore Ryan Smith (Arlington, Mass.) notched his first of the year. Three minutes later, the Skyhawks erased the gap when Christopher Page (Winthrop, Mass.) got his opening goal of the season minutes later to level the score at two apiece.
The second period scoring flurry continued with the Corsairs regaining momentum on the second goal in as many games from sophomore Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.) with nine minutes to go in the frame. Two minutes later, the Corsairs doubled the score on the third point of the contest from Laasko as he converted an unassisted chance for the 4-2 lead.
UMass Dartmouth's offense was clicking, and in the third stanza continued to find the net. Ruiz reached the hat trick as he and Laasko connected for the third time on the game on the junior's seventh tally of the season.
Junior Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) got himself on the goal sheet with just under three minutes remaining, netting the final goal of the game for UMass Dartmouth. With a 1:50 left in the game, Stonehill scored one to reduce the damage when Conor Cassidy's (Wilmington, Del.) second of the year finished scoring on the 6-3 final.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth outweighed the opponent on the shot total, 43-16, with the most on a period coming in the second with 17.
- The offense has generated four power play goals on 13 opportunities in the last two games.
- With his three goals, Ruiz continues his streak of seven consecutive games with a point. Laasko snapped a four-game streak without a point, finishing the game with four points to lead the team.
- Ruiz, Sones and teammate Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) are now all tied atop the MASCAC statistical rankings in points with 15 on the season.
- Senior Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) improved his season mark to 3-6-1, making 13 saves on 16 shots in 59:40 minutes in net.
- The victory marked the third time on the season the Corsairs have scored five or more goals in a contest.
UMass Dartmouth faces its final out-of-conference foe when Franklin Pierce comes to Hetland Arena on Thursday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 PM.