NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team beat visiting Norwich University, 11-4, in the 2013 season opener for both teams at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Corsairs (1-0) opened the day's scoring with three goals in the first period. Sophomore midfielder Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable) found the back of the net twice in the opening frame at the 11:17 and 2:37 marks. Sophomore attackman Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover), off a Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, MA/Ashland) assist, scored in between at 6:48.
After a UMD score to open the second stanza, the Cadets (0-1) managed to get on the board with an unassisted marker from sophomore attackman Seth Fuller (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South) at 13:00 to make it 4-1. The Corsairs added two more goals for the 6-1 advantage at halftime.
Sophomore midfielder Dennis Healy (Hanover, MA/Hanover) and Prozinki scored out of the break to push the home team's lead out to 8-1.
NU scored on a man-up opportunity when freshman midfielder Ryan McCarthy (Medford, MA/Medford) converted an Ian Mendoza (Mount Airy, MD/Urbana) pass with 4:50 to go in the third to cut the margin to six, 8-2. The teams then traded goals to make it 9-3 heading into the final frame.
The Corsairs outscored the Cadets 2-1 in the fourth to account for the 11-4 final score.
Baxter's three goals paced UMass Dartmouth, while Gaffney and junior midfielder Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood) added a pair of goals apiece. Freshman attackman Tyler Chasnov (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth North) and classmate midfielder Tyler Prentice (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) each tallied one marker.
Chasnov had a game-high three assists, while Prozinski added two helpers of his own.
Four different players scored for the Cadets.
UMD held a 19-16 edge in shots on goal with junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford) finishing the game with 12 saves, while his counterpart Mark Paradiso (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) turned aside eight shots for NU.
"We played well in the first and second quarters and in the fourth quarter," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury) played some of the best lacrosse he's played since he's been here. We shared the ball and improved our shot selection as the game went on. Some of our younger guys stepped up. Tyler Chasinov and Nicklaus Prozinski made some nice plays, Riley Baxter did a good job, and their goalie made some nice saves. It was a nice win for the first game of the season."
The Corsairs return to action when they host Wheaton Wednesday afternoon, while Norwich travels to take on Plattsburgh State.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE