NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team built a 5-2 halftime lead and limited host Salem State to a single goal in the second half en route to a 9-3 victory in their Little East Conference match at Alumni Field Wednesday evening.
Freshman attacker Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) scored twice as the Corsairs took a three-goal lead to the locker room at intermission. Baxter scored the first goal of the third quarter after nearly 10 minutes had passed, and the Corsairs blanked the Vikings in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Baxter had three goals for UMD, while sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) scored twice.
"We played 60 minutes of lacrosse, and some people stepped up and did very well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We played great defense across the board. Riley Baxter stepped up and did a nice job, (sophomore goalie) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) played well, (senior midfielder) Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) stepped up and (sophomore defenseman) Steve Tarpey (Worcester, MA/Shrewsbury HS) had a good day playing defense."
The Corsairs outshot the Vikings, 30-16. Thayer made five saves for UMass Dartmouth, while Kyle Tuneburg made six stops for Salem State.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 9-4 and 3-3 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Salem State dropped to 4-11 and 1-5 in the LEC with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Plymouth State Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE