DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth tallied three goals in the final minute and a half of play to claw back within one, but Curry held off the Corsairs' final attempts in the last 30 seconds to clinch a 13-12 victory in the season opener for both teams on Saturday.
Score: Curry 13, UMass Dartmouth 12
Records: Curry (1-0) | UMass Dartmouth (0-1)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) fired off a career-high four goals to lead the Corsair attack, and freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) added three scores to the total. Defensively, senior goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) turned aside 17 shots, while junior Matt Daly (Chelmsford, Mass.) caused a team-high three turnovers with four ground balls.
Curry's Matt Serra (Haverhill, Mass.) posted a team-high four goals and an assists for a game-high five points. MJ Urbano (Wakefield, Mass.) contributed three goals, with Tom Cashin (Boxford, Mass.) and Jake Stebbins (Colchester, Vt.) potting two apiece. In net, Josh Teller (Milford, Conn.) registered 10 saves for the Colonels.
The hosts controlled the contest early, taking a 6-2 lead through the first quarter. Prozinski, Torres and freshman Tom Donahue (Gloucester, Mass.) each found the back of the net twice on the stanza before Curry found its rhythm. The Colonels buried the first four goals of the second, including two by Serra to knot the score at 6. Torres and Prozinski edged UMass Dartmouth back on top midway through the quarter, but three additional Curry goals gave the visitors a 9-8 halftime lead.
Both teams slowed their pace in the third quarter, with Curry only able to put two goals on the board. Early in the fourth, Corsair freshman Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) fired a long shot to break the Colonel scoring streak, but Curry padded its lead further to 13-9 with seven minutes remaining.
A long goalless span ended at 1:29, when senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) generated the first of three quick Corsair scores. Moments later, Anthony Gallo (Bridgewater, Mass.) cut the deficit to 13-11, and Curry penalty on the play allowed Torres to find the cage just 20 ticks later. With 31 seconds remaining, UMass Dartmouth claimed the faceoff, but Curry scooped up the loose ball in the hosts' scoring zone to run down the clock.
Inside the Numbers
Both teams went an even 14-of-28 on faceoffs, with Curry capitalizing on four of six extra-man opportunities to the Corsairs' 3-of-6 performance on man-up chances.
Curry outshot UMass Dartmouth 55-39 on the contest, including 20 shots in the Colonels' red-hot second quarter.
Daly tied career-highs with three caused turnovers and four ground balls, while classmate Riordan McCole (Peterborough, Mass.) went 7-of-16 on the faceoff with five ground balls.
All-time, UMass Dartmouth is 3-2 against the Colonels, with the last meeting between the two programs taking place in 2007.
UMass Dartmouth returns to competition next Saturday, March 4, traveling to Norwich for a 1 p.m. start, while Curry hosts Husson next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.