CAMBRIDGE, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team outscored host MIT in the fourth quarter, 6-1, and went on to defeat the Engineers, 11-4, in a non-conference match at Steinbrenner Stadium Wednesday.
Freshman attackman Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland HS) ignited the fourth-quarter explosion, scoring a pair of early goals within a minute and 25 seconds of each other to stake the Corsairs to an 8-3 advantage. Prozinski and junior attackman Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) each added a pair of goals in the fourth quarter as UMD pulled away.
Niden scored the only goal of the second quarter to give UMass Dartmouth a 3-2 halftime lead. Prozinski put the Corsairs ahead, 5-2, with the first two goals of the third quarter before Luke Verdi scored for MIT to make it 5-3 going into the decisive final quarter.
Prozinski finished with six goals, Niden had two, and sophomore attackman Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS), junior midfielder Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) and freshman midfielder Zach Drolette (Burlington, VT/Burlington HS) each scored once for UMD. Paul Orrson, Jonah Hessels and Britt Cyr joined Verdi in scoring for the Engineers.
"We were trying to do too much earlier in the game, but, in the fourth quarter, we relaxed and ran the offense," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Nick Prozinski scored six goals and played well, and Adam Niden came back from an injury and did a lot of good things. Our defense played well throughout the game, and (junior goalkeeper) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) also played well."
UMass Dartmouth out shot MIT, 43-18. Thayer made seven saves for the Corsairs before junior Jesse Johnson (Pembroke, MA/Pembroke HS) finished up, while Christopher Rullan made 18 stops for MIT. The Corsairs were blanked in four man-up opportunities, while stopping MIT on six of its seven chances.
UMD improved to 4-0 with the victory, while MIT dropped to 0-1 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when it hosts Nichols Saturday. The Engineers will visit the University of New England Saturday.
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