DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Backstopped by 16 saves from senior goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth used a three-goal third quarter to break the tie and eventually edge out an 8-6 victory over Massachusetts Maritime at Cressy Field on Wednesday.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 8, Mass. Maritime 6
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-7) | Mass. Maritime (4-4)
How it Happened
LaFond turned aside seven shots in the second quarter and added five more in the third en route to his total, keeping the Corsairs in contention throughout. Offensively, junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) tallied a game-high three points with a pair of goals and an assist, and senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) also found the cage twice.
MMA's Kenny Parnell (Marshfield, Mass.) potted two goals to lead the Buccaneer attack. Freshman Benjamin Avakian (Bourne, Mass.) was one of four Buccaneers to score once while adding an assist. Goalkeeper Michael Dolan (McLean, Va.) put forth an 11-save effort in between the pipes.
The opening quarter featured traded goals, with Torres opening scoring at 12:40 before Parnell drew MMA even in the sixth minute after a long dry spell. With three minutes remaining, junior DJ Miller (Ashland, Mass.) converted on the give from freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.), with Parnell again responding before the end of the frame.
Keaghan Bartley (Richmond, Va.) gave the Buccaneers their first lead with the first goal of the second quarter, but the advantage was short-lived as Peters and senior Anthony Gallo (Bridgewater, Mass.) strung together back-to-back scores to bump the Corsairs back up 4-3. MMA would draw even once more before halftime off the stick of Ryan McNeill (Burlington, Mass.).
After Akavian made the score 5-4 to start the third, the Corsairs finally were able to build momentum with help from LaFond. Gallo found a cutting Prozinski for a quick goal to kick off four unanswered for the hosts, capped by an unassisted rocket from Peters to start the fourth. MMA's Franklin Ragge (Scituate, Mass.) cut the deficit to two at 6:30, but the Corsair defense held strong thereafter to preserve the narrow advantage.
Inside the Numbers
- Both teams were nearly perfect on clear attempts for the evening, with MMA going 20-21 and UMass Dartmouth a season-best 22-24 to keep possession.
- Six goals is the lowest total the Corsair defense has allowed from an opponent since last season's 20-6 victory over Western Connecticut on April 26, 2016.
- The Corsairs' starting defensive trio of Matt Daly (Chelmsford, Mass.), Jack O'Brien (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Patrick Lucas (Brookfield, Mass.) combined to cause four turnovers and collect seven ground balls in a physical battle with the Bucs' offense.
- Wednesday's win marks eight straight for the Corsairs over the Buccaneers dating back to the 2010 season. All-time, UMass Dartmouth is 13-3 against MMA.
UMass Dartmouth will wrap up its three-game home stand on Saturday, hosting Southern Maine at 1 p.m. in Little East Conference competition. Mass. Maritime returns to NEWMAC competition Saturday at 3 p.m. at Babson.