NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team fell to visiting Keene State, 13-8, in their Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
Prior to the start of today's game, UMass Dartmouth honored their four departing senior players: midfielder Alex Reposa (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS), defender Eric Hubbard (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS), midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS), and midfielder Paul Nunes (Mansfield, MA/Mansfield HS).
Keene State jumped out to an early lead behind a pair of goals from junior midfielder JT Galloway (Tampa, FL/Simsbury HS), taking a 2-0 lead at the 8:30 mark of the first quarter. UMD broke their scoreless drought with a tally from junior midfielder Brendan Dalton (Braintree, MA/Braintree HS), cutting the Owls led to 3-1 after the first quarter of play. KSC powered four consecutive goals, including two coming off intercepted passes by UMD sophomore goalie Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) that led to empty net opportunities, to open the second quarter, pushing their lead to 7-1 with 7:47 on the clock. The Corsairs add two goals late in the second, from sophomore midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) and freshman attacker Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS), making it a 7-3 game at halftime.
Trailing 8-3 with less than six minutes to play in the third, UMD rattled off three straight goals, coming from Davis, Baxter and Reposa, pulling the Corsairs to within two goals, 8-6. Galloway netted his third goal at the 1:50 mark of the third, but UMD sophomore midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) scored his first goal of the day with 10 seconds to play in the quarter, keeping the Corsairs within two, 9-7, going into the fourth quarter. The Owls added four goals in the final period, fueled by a pair of goals from senior attacker Matt Schairer (Wrentham, MA/King Phillip HS), with the final goal coming by batting a loose ball off the ground while falling, securing the 13-8 victory for Keene State.
UMD was led offensively by Baxter with a team-high three goals. Lawless added two goals, while Davis, Reposa, and Dalton each netted one goal. Galloway powered the Owls with a game-high five goals, while Schairer notched three goals with three assists and junior attacker Taylor Jette (Simsbury, CT/Simsbury HS) had three goals with two assists.
The Owls outshot the Corsairs, 48-28. Thayer made 19 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while freshman goalkeeper Jack Rogers (Acton, MA/Acton-Boxborough Regional HS) made 8 stops for Keene State.
"We had a few let downs and gave them a couple goals," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "[Keene State] is a good team, every time we made a mistake, they took advantage of it. We played hard throughout and came back to within two goals of them. We need to put together 60 minutes of good lacrosse. Our players kept playing and coming at [Keene State] today, we had good efforts across the board. We are improving in almost every game, we stepped up and played well against Eastern Connecticut and Keene State, who are two of the top teams in our conference. We just need to fix the let downs and get back to work at practice."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 8-4 and 2-3 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Keene State improved to 7-5 and 4-1 in the LEC with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Salem State Wednesday evening. The Owls will visit Plymouth State Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE