DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team nearly erased a four-goal fourth-period deficit in the inaugural Sean Peters Memorial Game, but Plymouth State staved off the Corsairs to stay unbeaten in the Little East Conference (LEC) with a 10-9 decision during Senior Day at Cressy Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 9, Plymouth State 10
Records: UMass Dartmouth (6-7, 1-2 LEC), Plymouth State (4-6, 3-0 LEC)
How it Happened
The foes traded goals to open the contest as Mike Rizzo's (Bridgewater, Mass.) first of the game was bookended with a pair of markers from the opposition. The Corsairs capped the opening period as Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) got into the action with back-to-back unassisted tallies for a 3-2 lead. UMass Dartmouth controlled the second quarter as well, with the trio of Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.), Prozinski, and Rizzo all recording markers for a 3-1 advantage in the period, and the 6-3 margin in the game.
The momentum quickly switched following the halftime break as the Panthers took over in the third frame, scoring four unanswered goals to seize the upper hand, 7-6. Plymouth State tacked on three more nine minutes into the third period before the Blue and Gold's offense reemerged with just 8:37 to play when Torres rifled one to the back of the net off a feed from Prozinski. After the team-high fourth goal from Prozinski minutes later, the Corsairs shrunk the gap further when Rizzo capped his hat-trick with 3:37 left. But despite the valiant effort, the host was unable to erase the deficit completely.
Inside the Numbers
- Sean Peters, a Crime and Justice major and four-year member of the men's lacrosse team, passed away in April of 2017 at the age of 22 due to complications related to Type 1 Diabetes. Peters appeared in 49 career games, starting 24, including all 13 of his contests during his senior campaign last year.
- With four goals in the game, Prozinski is now top-five in the LEC for goals scored and assist while accumulating the second-most points with 45. In the past five games, he has tallied 13 markers and dished out nine helpers.
- Torres picked up his eighth multi-goal game of the season and Rizzo accomplished five such occurrences with his second hat-trick.
- The quartet of Torres, Prozinski, Rizzo, and Tom Donahue (Gloucester, Mass.) have collected 124 of the team's 169 points. Today, they extended a streak of five games in which all either scored or assisted on a goal.
- Individually, Prozinski and Torres moved their season-high goal streaks to seven games while Rizzo continued his team-best point streak to 10.
The Blue and Gold clash with UMass Boston for a home LEC matchup at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Plymouth State returns to the south coast on April 16 for a non-conference meeting with Mass. Maritime at 4:00 p.m.