NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team used a stifling defensive attack, limiting the visiting Mustangs of Mount Ida College to just two goals en route to an 11-2 victory this afternoon at Cressy Field. The Corsairs remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0, while the Mustangs evened their record at 2-2.
UMass Dartmouth held Mount Ida to 22 shots--four total in the first half--this afternoon, compared to unleashing 47 attempts on the Mustangs' cage. The hosts enjoyed a 41-21 advantage in ground balls, while forcing 27 turnovers. The Corsairs featured a strong ride, limiting their visitors to 15-of-26 clearing attempts. Sophomore Dan Brown (Beverly, Mass.) led the UMass Dartmouth defense with five ground balls and three caused turnovers. He was also 6-for-10 at the X. Senior captain Steven Tarpey (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also made an impact on the defensive end, scooping up four ground balls.
Senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) made seven saves in 45 minutes of action to earn his third win of the campaign. Freshman Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) and classmate Scott Spangenberg (Dover, Mass.) made their collegiate debuts in the final frame. LaFond stopped two attempts in 10 minutes, 55 seconds, while Spangenberg recorded one save over the final four minutes, five seconds.
Sophomore Tyler Chasnov (Plymouth, Mass.) was the offensive catalyst for the Corsairs with a season-high six points, including four assists. Classmate Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) accounted for four markers, while senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) tallied a goal and a helper. Senior Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.), junior Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass.), classmate Dennis Healy (Hanover, Mass.), and sophomore Steve Merrick (Methuen, Mass.) each cracked the scoring column for the hosts.
UMass Dartmouth registered all the offensive production it would need in the first quarter, as the Corsairs raced out to a 4-0 advantage. Baxter put the hosts on the board just one minute, 16 seconds into the contest, while Healy netted an extra-man goal 15 seconds later. Prozinski completed the scoring in the first frame with two markers from Chasnov in the span of 39 seconds to give UMass Dartmouth a lead it would not relinquish.
The Corsairs dictated the pace in the second stanza, but were only able to extend their advantage to 6-0. MacPherson recorded his only marker of the contest at the eight-minute, 28-second mark, while Chasnov followed suit 45 seconds later. UMass Dartmouth held a decisive 29-4 advantage in shots at the halftime intermission.
UMass Dartmouth sealed the non-conference win with four unanswered goals in the third period to stretch its lead to 10-0. Prozinski produced a pair of markers, while Chasnov and Niden found the back of the net. Mount Ida was finally able to solve Thayer with one minute, 39 seconds left in the period, when senior JJ Hoyt (Westfield, Mass.) registered a man-up goal.
The Mustangs also capitalized on an extra-man situation early in the fourth as senior Zach Rosen (East Greenwich, R.I.) converted off a feed from junior Sean Royce (South Windsor, Conn.). Merrick completed the UMass Dartmouth scoring with his first goal of the season, finishing a pass from Chasnov.
In between the pipes, senior Kyle Cordaro (Worcester, Mass.) was credited with 20 saves, including 10 stops in the first quarter.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, when the Corsairs travel to Nichols College.