SALEM, Mass. – Back-to-back goals by freshman Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) capped the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's season on a high note, as the Corsairs held off Salem State 8-7 in Friday evening's regular season finale.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 8, Salem State 7
Records: UMass Dartmouth (5-10, 2-5 LEC) | Salem State (2-12, 0-7 LEC)
How it Happened
Prozinski and junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) both registered hat tricks and combined for all of UMass Dartmouth's second half goals. Torres tacked on an assist for a team-high four points.
Salem State's Craig Denehy (Salem, Mass.) tallied a game-high four goals, with Corey DaSilva (Townsend, Mass.) dishing out a game-high three assists. Kevin Lally (Beverly, Mass.) turned aside 22 shots for the Vikings to keep the hosts in contention.
The teams traded off goals throughout the first quarter, with junior Tony Breslin (Hanover, Mass.) striking first for the Corsairs and knotting the score at one. With 30 ticks left in the opening frame, junior defender Matt Daly (Chelmsford, Mass.) potted his first career goal to tie the game once again.
Salem State bookended Prozinski's first marker on the assist from goalkeeper Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) in the second quarter. Denehy's second goal lifted the Vikings to a 4-3 edge at the intermission.
Denehy then opened the third with a man-up goal, putting the Salem State lead to two before Torres went to work. The junior recorded the game's next three tallies, included a man-down marker with 43 seconds left to deliver UMass Dartmouth's first lead of the contest.
With the game tied at six to open the final frame, Prozinski halted a long scoreless streak with just three minutes left, pulling the Corsairs back ahead, and bumped the advantage to two merely 12 seconds later. Denehy's four goal edged the Vikings within one at 1:41, but the defense completed a last-minute clear off a high Salem State shot to hold off the final effort.
Inside the Numbers
- LaFond needed to make just six saves in the crease for the Corsairs on the game, closing his four-year career second in program history with 534 saves. He trails only Nick Thayer '14, who owns the career record at 574.
- With hat tricks on Friday, Torres closes the season with a team-high 28 goals and Prozinski with a team-high 41 points at 26 goals and 15 assists.
- Junior Jack O'Brien (Chelmsford, Mass.) paced the defensive effort with a career-high five turnovers as part of the Corsairs' season-high 27 total forced turnovers.
- The Corsairs close the season at 5-10 overall, with a 2-5 LEC slate.