April 1, 2014

Corsairs Defuse Engineers, 13-7

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Eight University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse players registered at least one point to help the Corsairs' post a 13-7 victory over MIT this evening at Cressy Field.

Junior Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) paced the UMass Dartmouth (6-3) attack with four points, including a hat trick. Seniors Todd Davis (Sandwich, Mass.) and Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) along with sophomore Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) each scored twice and handed out an assist for three points, while sophomore Tyler Chasnov (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) produced a marker and two helpers.

Sophomore Dan Brown (Beverly, Mass.) was 9-for-13 from the X, while collecting a team-high five ground balls. Senior Steven Tarpey (Shrewbury, Mass.) anchored the hosts' defensive third with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Sophomore Pat Orrson (Baltimore, Md.) utilized a balanced scoring attack with two goals and two assists for four points to lead MIT (4-5). Freshman Harris Stolzenberg (Weston, Fla./Pine Crest) netted two markers and dished out an assist, while classmate Michael Traub (Aliso Viejo, Calif./Aliso Niguel) found the back of the net twice.

Both teams demonstrated a methodical offensive strategy in the early portion of the first quarter. UMass Dartmouth cracked the scoring column at the 7:34 mark, when MacPherson finished a feed from Chasnov. The Corsairs began clicking on all cylinders towards the end of the first frame as the hosts used a late three-goal surge to take a 4-0 advantage into the second stanza.

UMass Dartmouth rode its momentum into the second quarter as Prozinski recorded back-to-back goals to push the hosts lead to 6-0. The Engineers were finally able to solve the Corsairs' defensive third halfway through the frame, when Stolzenberg beat the UMD keeper. Unfazed, the Corsairs answered with a pair of markers to take an 8-1 advantage into the intermission.

MIT struck just 23 seconds into the second half, but the visitors were unable to build any energy as Baxter potted a pair of goals and Davis followed suit to balloon the UMass Dartmouth lead to 11-2. The Engineers scored three of the final four goals of the third quarter to trim their deficit to 12-5.

In a low-scoring fourth quarter, MIT sandwiched a pair of markers between Davis' eight of the season to complete the ledger.

Senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) made four stops to earn the win, while freshman Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) and classmate Scott Spangenberg (Dover, Mass./Catholic Memorial) each saw action in the final frame. LaFond stopped five of the six shots he faced, while Spangenberg turned aside three attempts.

In between the pipes for the Engineers, sophomore Eric Bartell (San Diego, Calif./Canyon Crest Academy) recorded 13 saves in the loss.

UMass Dartmouth held a slim advantage in shots (33-29) and ground balls (36-34). The Corsairs were unable to capitalize on their two extra-man opportunities, while the Engineers cashed in on two of six chances.

UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, when the Corsairs travel to Little East Conference rival Plymouth State University.