DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Senior Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine) potted the game-winner with just 32 seconds left in the overtime period to lift Southern Maine to a 9-8 Little East Conference victory over the hosting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon.
Score: Southern Maine 9, UMass Dartmouth 8 (OT)
Records: Southern Maine (5-6, 2-1 LEC) | UMass Dartmouth (3-8, 0-3 LEC)
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) registered a career-high four goals and chipped in an assist to lead the offensive output for the Corsairs. Senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) tallied a pair of goals, with junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) adding a goal and assist.
Smith was the high-scorer for the Huskies with four markers on the afternoon. Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass.) recorded two goals and an assist for the visitors, and goalkeeper Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine) totaled 14 saves.
Southern Maine jumped out to a 3-1 start in the first five minutes with Leonardo and Smith registering the contest's first scores. After Jake Schoenberg (Topsham, Maine) put the visitors back ahead two after Prozinski's first tally, the Corsairs overtook the lead with three-straight goals, and bumped ahead 5-3 on a Peters score to open the second quarter. The Huskies cut back within a goal before halftime, as Jeff Urmston (Bellingham, Mass.) posted a goal and an assist to Leonardo on the frame.
Smith was the lone scorer in the third, knotting the score at six heading into the final stanza and edged Southern Maine ahead to start the fourth. UMass Dartmouth responded with back-to-back scores by Torres and Prozinski to hold an 8-7 advantage heading into the final five minutes, but Drew Shane (Naples, Maine) scored at 2:48 for the lasting 8-8 score at the end of regulation.
The teams nearly went through the four minutes of overtime play scoreless, with UMass Dartmouth forcing two saves from Bessette, but Smith dove to the goal in the final minute for the winner.
Inside the Numbers
- Saturday marks Southern Maine's first-ever victory over UMass Dartmouth since the teams began meeting on an annual basis in 2001. The Corsairs previously held a 20-game win streak.
- UMass Dartmouth held the edge on shots, 42-36, and collected 12-28 face-off opportunities on the contest.
- Senior goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) finished with 11 saves in the full 63 minutes for UMass Dartmouth.
The Corsairs take to the road next, traveling to UMass Boston to continue LEC play on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Huskies host Salem State to continue league play on the same date, with start time scheduled for 4 p.m.