BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – Senior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) and sophomore Bo Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) each netted a pair of goals to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team to a 7-2 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy this evening at Clean Harbors Stadium.
With the Corsairs' third consecutive win, UMass Dartmouth improves to 8-3 on the season. The victory was even more significant for the seniors as they became the winningest class in program history with a combined mark of 41-18. The Buccaneers saw their two-game winning streak come to a halt to fall to 7-4.
Three UMass Dartmouth student-athletes registered multiple points as senior Todd Davis (Sandwich, Mass.) dished out a pair of assists. Senior Justin Lawless (Quincy, Mass./Archbishop Williams), sophomore Tyler Prentice (Chelmsford, Mass.), and freshman Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) each found the back of the net for the visitors.
The Corsairs' defensive unit allowed just two markers for the second time this season. Sophomore Joey Christopher (Chelmsford, Mass.) scooped up a game-high seven ground balls, while Davis collected six. UMass Dartmouth controlled the X, winning 10 of the 12 restarts. Sophomore Zach Drolette (Burlington, Vt.) won each of his six face-offs, while classmate Dan Brown (Beverly, Mass.) was 4-for-6.
The visitors led from wire-to-wire as Prozinski scored a man-up goal off a feed from Davis to take a lead they would never relinquish. Prozinski added his second marker of the contest just 33 seconds later, while Prentice capped the first period scoring with his second goal of the season.
In a low-scoring second quarter, Niden converted a pass from Davis to give UMass Dartmouth its second man-up goal of the game. Massachusetts Maritime was finally able to crack the scoring column to enter the intermission trailing 4-1.
The Buccaneers registered the lone goal of the third, but the Corsairs tallied three unanswered goals over the final five minutes of regulation to seal the victory.
Senior Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) made seven saves, including four in the third period, to backstop UMD to the win. Massachusetts Maritime split the goalie duties in half as senior Paul Painten (Walpole, Mass.) and freshman Keison Cunningham (Weymouth, Mass.) each played 30 minutes. Painten made five stops, while Cunningham turned aside eight.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, when the Corsairs host the University of Southern Maine in a Little East Conference contest.