Men's Lacrosse Survives Mount Ida, 10-9

Men's Lacrosse Survives Mount Ida, 10-9

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Mount Ida, 10-9, in a non-conference game at Cressy Field Saturday.

Mount Ida junior attacker Gilson Fernandes Jr. (Saugus, MA/Saugus HS) netted a pair of goals in the first quarter, sandwiching a UMD goal from freshman midfielder Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS), giving the Mustangs a 2-1 lead after the first quarter.


The Mustangs added to their lead with another pair of goals from Fernandes Jr. at the 10:50 and 7:59 mark of the second quarter. The Corsairs cut the deficit to 4-2 just before halftime with a goal from sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS), off a pass from freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS).


UMass Dartmouth pulled even with goals from Gaffney and sophomore attacker Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) in the opening two minutes of the second half, tying the game at 5-5 with 13:02 to play in the third quarter. Mustang sophomore midfielder J.T. Hoyt (Westfield, MA/Westfield HS) regained the lead for Mount Ida with his tally at the 8:43 mark. The Corsairs rattled off three consecutive goals in under three minutes, from Baxter, senior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) and senior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC), giving UMD a 7-5 lead with 5:02 remaining in the third quarter. Each team added a goal in the final minutes of the third, making the score 8-6 UMD going into the final quarter.


The Mustangs opened the fourth quarter with goals from Fernandes Jr and senior midfielder Brendan Hylan (Clinton, CT/The Morgan School), tying the game at 8-8 with 10:52 on the clock. UMD sophomore midfielder Jordan McPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) took a pass from Gaffney, and fired a shot past Mount Ida senior goalie James McAllister (Smithfield, RI/LaSalle), reclaiming a 9-8 lead for the Corsairs with 9:10 left to play. Niden registered the final goal for the Corsairs with 8:12 remaining, pushing UMD's lead to 10-8. Mount Ida junior attacker Nick Yacuzzi (Worcester, MA/St Johns-Shrewsbury) snuck a shot past UMD sophomore goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS), pulling the Mustangs to 10-9 with 3:46 on the clock, but the Corsair defense stood strong in the final minutes, en route to the 10-9 victory.


"We play much more consistently on offense today," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We battled back and the team showed no signs of quitting. We'll take the positives from this one, we got the W, it's good for us, and we'll keep moving forward. Our freshman players are stepping up, they are doing a lot of good things, but it's a matter of experience and learning to adjust to game day speed. We did many good things and we need to keep working hard on Monday and Tuesday at practice, then come ready to play MIT on Wednesday."


Seven players scored for UMass Dartmouth during the game. Niden and Baxter each had two goals, while Niden added three assists. Brett had two goals, while Roberto, Gaffney, McPherson, and Lawless each netted one goal. Gaffney also had three assists in the contest. Mount Ida was led offensively by Fernandes Jr. with a game-high five goals with an assist, while freshman attacker Michael Trocchi (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) contributed a goal and two assists in the loss. Thayer made 10 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while McAllister stopped 13 shots for Mount Ida.


UMass Dartmouth improved to 2-1 with the victory, while Mount Ida dropped to 1-3 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host MIT Wednesday afternoon. The Mustangs will host Salem State next Saturday.         

                                                   UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE