DANBURY, CT - Junior midfielder Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) scored his third goal of the game with 1:29 remaining in the first overtime period to give the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team a come from behind, 12-11, win over host Western Connecticut State in the 2013 Little East Conference opener for both teams at the Western Athletic Complex Saturday.
MacPherson's goal capped a late rally that saw the Corsairs score the final four goals of the game, the last three in the final 1:24 of regulation time after the trailed, 11-8, late in the fourth quarter.
After Ryan Foster's goal with 2:51 remaining put WCSU on top, 11-8, junior midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) scored for UMD to cut the lead to 11-9 with 1:24 remaining, MacPherson scored 17 seconds later to make it 11-10, and junior attackman Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) tied the score with 27 seconds remaining.
Trailing, 6-3, at halftime, the Corsairs rallied, scoring four times in the third quarter and getting a goal from Davis to tie the score with 9:41 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Western Connecticut then got goals from Nick Foley, John Foristall and Foster to take the lead before the Corsairs rallied for the final time.
Niden, MacPherson and Davis led UMass Dartmouth with three goals each, while Foley had five goals to pace the Colonials.
"We weren't having our best day, our passes weren't crisp and we weren't connecting on our shots, but we worked hard, moved the ball well and finished at the end," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We played very well at the end of the game, our junior leaders did a good job at the end, and (junior defenseman) Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) did a phenomenal job. West Conn is a good team that came out ready to play, but we kept going. It was a good team effort."
UMass Dartmouth out shot WCSU, 47-39. Junior goaltender Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made nine saves for the Corsairs, while Kevin Seery made 18 stops for the Colonials. UMass Dartmouth was scoreless in four extra-man opportunities, while Western Connecticut was one for three.
UMD improved to 6-0 and 1-0 in the LEC with the victory, while Western Connecticut State dropped to 5-4 and 0-1 in LEC action with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they visit Connecticut College Tuesday evening. Western Connecticut will visit Trinity Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE