NORTON, Mass. – Despite a career-high ten shots by sophomore Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth could not find its offensive rhythm as the Corsairs were bested by Wheaton College, 14-2, in non-conference play on Saturday afternoon at Nordin Turf Field.
Score: Wheaton College 14, UMass Dartmouth 2
Records: UMass Dartmouth (2-4), Wheaton College (5-2)
How it Happened
Wheaton had several different contributors to its goal scoring, with nine Lyons finding the back of the net. The squad was led by junior Josh Talanian (Arlington, Mass.) who turned in a terrific outing for the hosts, netting three goals and notching an assist for a four-point performance. Rizzo paced the visiting offense by recording a goal, causing a turnover and scooping up a pair of ground balls. Classmate Tom Donahue (Gloucester, Mass.) also tallied a marker for the Corsairs.
Three early goals for the Lyons provided all the cushion that the team would need, as they never surrendered the lead throughout the remainder of the afternoon. The Corsairs got on the board at the 13:21 mark of the second frame, when Rizzo fired a shot off the turf that took a high bounce just inside the crossbar to make it a 3-1 game. Despite getting on the board, UMass Dartmouth struggled to tame the Lyons as Wheaton netted seven goals in the stanza to afford themselves a 10-1 advantage heading into the intermission.
Corsair senior Kyle Taylor (Raynham, Mass.) checked into the contest at the start of the second half, making four saves in between the posts in just under 18 minutes of play. With Wheaton ahead as the penultimate period winded down, Donahue came across the back of the net and utilized a spin move along the left post to shake off his defender and fired a shot to the far corner of the goal, netting another for the visitors.
Inside the Numbers
- Rizzo bested his previous high of nine shots which came on Apr. 22 of last season against Western Connecticut (14-8 win).
- UMass Dartmouth freshman Sawyer Gibbons (Sandwich, Mass.) continued to wreak havoc on the opposition, as he recorded his fourth outing this season of at least three caused turnovers.
- Wheaton dominated on faceoff opportunities, taking 17 to the Corsairs' three.
- Each side committed the same amount of miscues with 18 apiece.
- UMass Dartmouth had difficulty scoring on man-up chances, going 0-for-4 while the Lyons went 4-for-9 in such opportunities.
The Corsairs look to bounce back as they will return to Cressy Field to host Dean College on Monday at 4 p.m.