MANSFIELD, CT-Host Eastern Connecticut State outscored the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team in the second quarter, 7-2, built a 10-5 halftime lead, and went on to defeat the Corsairs, 16-11, in their Little East Conference match at the Mansfield Outdoor Sports Complex Wednesday evening.
Senior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS), senior midfielder Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) and freshman midfielder Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) each scored for UMass Dartmouth in the first quarter, which ended in a 3-3 tie.
Sophomore midfielders Brad Bell (South Hadley, MA/South Hadley HS) and Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) scored for the Corsairs in the second quarter, but Michael Sullinger scored three times for the Warriors, and Kevin Fechtmann's goal with 27 seconds remaining in the first half left ECSU ahead by five goals at the intermission. Each team scored six times in the second half, and Eastern Connecticut maintained their lead for the remainder of the game.
Baxter, freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) and sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) led UMD with two goals apiece. Sullinger had four goals for the Warriors, Tyler Fresen added three, and Fechtmann, Christian Leone and Trevor Morrissette each scored twice.
"We played well, but we had a few lapses and they took advantage of them," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "They took advantage of every mistake. We kept coming back, but we just couldn't keep up with them. They're a very good team. We kept playing, and we never quit. We will get home, get back to practice and get ready for Keene on Saturday."
The Corsairs outshot the Warriors, 44-36. Sophomore goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford MA/Chelmsford HS) made eight saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Jamie Timmons and Drew Deane combined for 14 stops for ECSU.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 8-3 and 2-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Eastern Connecticut improved to 7-5 and 4-0 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Keene State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE