DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Seven goals on 10 shots in the third quarter extended the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth out of reach from Western Connecticut, with the Corsairs capturing their first Little East Conference victory of the season on Senior Day by a 14-8 score over the visiting Colonials.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 14, Western Connecticut 8
Records: UMass Dartmouth (4-9, 1-4 LEC) | Western Connecticut (6-7, 2-3 LEC)
How it Happened
Freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) delivered a career-high four assists while scoring two goals, leading all players with six points. Junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) potted a team-high three goals and senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) recorded two goals and two assists. In the crease, senior Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) kept the Corsairs in contention with 17 saves.
Colonial goalkeeper Patrick Tynan (Somers, Conn.) matched LaFond's save total, including seven in the opening quarter. Senior John Foristall (Danbury, Conn.) rattled off a game-high four goals and Ryan Reuling (Groton, Conn.) totaled three.
Solid goalkeeping by both LaFond and Tynan held the scoring to a minimum in the first half. Two opening goals by the Corsairs were matched by the Colonials in the final five minutes of the first quarter, and senior Anthony Gallo (Bridgewater, Mass.) bumped the hosts back ahead one with the first marker of the second quarter. Following Reuling's first goal late in the frame, the contest stood tied 3-3 at halftime.
UMass Dartmouth emerged from the break with newfound firepower, beating Tynan early and often while LaFond held strong with six saves in the third. Prozinski found freshman Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) to begin the half, and beginning at 9:16 the Corsairs built the lead to four goals with three more markers in less than a minute. Peters converted on the give from Prozinski to kick off the streak, and seconds off the faceoff resulting from Torres' first goal, junior DJ Miller (Ashland, Mass.) fired a quick pass to Prozinski waiting at the corner of the net.
WCSU finally broke the streak at 5:19, but two more Corsair tallies to end the frame put the advantage at 10-4. Torres and senior Austin Titus (Gloucester, Mass.) extended that lead to its largest of 12-4 with the first two goals of the fourth quarter, and despite the Colonials outscoring UMass Dartmouth 4-2 in the final 10 minutes, the advantage remained intact.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth captured 14-of-26 face-offs for its second-highest total on the season to help maintain possession, all controlled by junior Riordan McCole (Peterborough, N.H.). McCole additionally earned his first point of the season with an assist.
- The Corsairs set season-highs in LEC play on Saturday with 14 goals, 24 points, 39 ground balls and two man-up goals.
- Saturday marks UMass Dartmouth's sixth win in program history over Western Connecticut and the first time since 2012-13 that the Corsairs have claimed wins over the Colonials in back-to-back seasons.
Both teams continue LEC play on Tuesday, with UMass Dartmouth scheduled to host Eastern Connecticut at 7 p.m., with Western Connecticut hosting Keene State at the same time.