Keene, N.H. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team erased a late-three goal gap, but had the comeback spoiled with just two seconds remaining as senior Paul Beling (Holliston, Mass.) found the net for the decisive goal to snap the Corsairs four-game winning streak.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 10, Keene State 11
Records: UMass Dartmouth (6-5, 1-1 LEC) | Keene State (5-4, 2-0 LEC)
How it Happened
The conference foes opened the contest matching one another on each goal to head into the halftime break locked at six apiece. UMass Dartmouth took the early 2-0 lead as Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) each netted a marker in the opening 15 minutes. With less than two minutes remaining in the stanza, the Owls knotted it at two apiece with two goals of their own.
In the second period, the team's combined for eight goals, and four apiece to remain tied. Again, it was the Corsair initiating the scoring as the second goals of the game from Rizzo and Prozinski sandwiched the first from Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.). Keene State responded with two of their own, with Tom Donahue's (Gloucester, Mass.) 15 of the year breaking up the streak with 6:29 left in the second. But while trailing 6-4, Keene State pulled even within the final two minutes of the frame.
Keene State established control in the third period as it got the better end of a 3-1 scoring advantage, putting in three consecutive markers following the second tally of the game from Torres to kick off the frame. With 13:45 to go in regulation, the Owls made it fourth straight goals to up the ante, 10-7.
Sensing the pressure, the Corsairs offense began to click in the final 12 minutes of play to even the score. It started at 11:31 when Ben Bunnell (Watertown, Mass.) converted his first of the game, and third of the year. UMass Dartmouth kept the momentum rolling as Dean Miller (Ashland, Mass.) found the net consecutively with his first two goals of the game, knotting the score at 10 when he finished off a pass from Josh Souza (Sandwich, Mass.) with 4:51 remaining.
The team's played the next 4:49 seconds evenly matched, but with two seconds remaining in the game, Beling capped off his multi-goal outing to lift the Owls to the 11-10 decision.
Inside the Numbers
- The one-goal loss is the closest final score of a Corsairs-Owls matchup since 2008 when UMass Dartmouth fell to Keene State 10-8.
- Prozinski has converted multiple goals in each of the last five games while Torres has completed the feat in four straight games.
- With the loss, the Corsairs suffered their first of the year when Prozinski records a goal and an assist.
- The trio of Torres, Donahue, and Prozinski made it three-straight games with them each scoring a goal.
- Freshman netminder Devin Dunn (Chelmsford, Mass.) set a new career-high in net, stopping 21 of the 32 shots he faced.
The Blue and Gold return to action on Wednesday, April 11 when it travels to Mass. Maritime for a 7 p.m. non-conference meeting.