DARTMOUTH, Mass. - Backed by four goals from senior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.), head coach Ryan Murphy picked up his first career win in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's 7-6 victory over Rivier University on Sunday afternoon at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 7, Rivier University 6
Records: UMass Dartmouth 1-1, Rivier University 0-2
How it Happened
In addition to his four goals, Torres added an assist to his final line. Sophomore Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) added a pair of assists and a goal to the Corsair effort, with seniors Ed Isogna (Brookfield, Mass.) and Dean Miller (Ashland, Mass.) netting a goal apiece. Four Raiders accounted for the visitors' goal scoring, with senior Liam Ryan (Dorchester, Mass.) leading the way with a hat-trick of his own.
The Corsairs found the nylon early in the non-conference affair, as Torres fired a shot to beat junior goalie Matt Cloutman (Peabody, Mass.) for an early 1-0 host advantage. UMass Dartmouth locked up on the defensive end, not allowing a single Raider shot on goal in the opening period of play.
In a frame that featured 15 Corsair shots - and 10 on goal - UMass Dartmouth padded its cushion further. With an extra man advantage two-and-a-half minutes into the ensuing quarter, Torres notched another point - this time via lending a helping hand - as he fed Miller to double the Corsair margin. The Blue and Gold maintained the up-tempo pace through the second stanza on the connection between Prozinski and Torres, with the second-year Corsair leading Torres for a goal to push the squad's lead to 3-0. Torres notched a hat-trick just inside the two minute mark, as he received the pass from freshman Ben Bunnell (Watertown, Mass.) and bounced the ball hard off the turf to skip over the net minder's left shoulder for a 4-0 lead.
Isogna continued the hosts' offensive output, lowering his shoulder to power past the Raider defender and slinging a shot just under the crossbar to push the score to 5-0. Rivier got on the board with a pair of unanswered markers mid-way through the third. The first came at the 9:28 mark of the third, as junior Eric Guinasso (Pelham, N.H.) swung a pass to Ryan to beat senior goalie Kyle Taylor (Raynham, Mass.) for the first time on the afternoon. Less than four minutes later, Rivier inched closer with a goal by senior Joe Kelland (Watertown, Mass.) off the lead from junior Colby Larsen (Windham, Mass.).
Larsen was on the scoring end of his next point on the day, this time scooping up a groundball just thirty-nine seconds into the period near the Corsair net and launching the shot in to halve the difference, 6-3. With eleven minutes to go, Raider freshman Dylan McSparren (Warwick, R.I.) hustled behind the crease to blast a goal from the difficult angle. McSparren then found Ryan open straight away from the goal, as the senior fired a goal just past Taylor's right leg.
After Cloutman made a quick kick save on an initial Torres attempt, Prozinski received the rebound to setup Torres, who would not be turned away again to give the squad some breathing room at 7-5. With 1:37 left on the clock, Ryan picked up another goal, this time getting a running start to his marker inside the top-right corner of the goal to bring it back to a one score differential. The Corsair defense finished strong, sealing their first win of the year.
Inside the Numbers
- The Corsairs outshot the Raiders by a margin of 34-28, while placing more on frame, 21-8.
- UMass Dartmouth scooped up slightly more ground balls than Rivier, 24-20.
- The hosts were slightly more efficient in their extra man opportunities, going 2-for-7 to the Raiders' 2-for-8.
- After posting six hat-tricks last season, Torres notched his first three-plus goal outing of the 2018 campaign.
UMass Dartmouth travels to Roger Williams University on Wednesday, March 7, to continue non-conference action. Rivier University will head to Dean College on Tuesday, March 6, to take on the Bulldogs at 4 p.m.