March 6, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior attackman Matthew Savage (Peabody, MA/Peabody HS) scored 44 seconds into overtime to give visiting Mount Ida a 12-11 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team in a non-conference game at Cressy Field Saturday.
Savage fired home a shot from 10 feet away that spoiled a late comeback by the Corsairs, who scored twice in the final 64 seconds to tie the game
With his team trailing, 11-9, sophomore attackman Austin Roy (Sandwich, MA/Tabor Academy) scored to cut Mount Ida's lead to a single goal. Twenty seconds later, senior attackman Andrew Foster (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) came out from behind the net and scored the tying goal to send the game into overtime/
Foster, junior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) and Ray scored to give UMass Dartmouth a 3-2 lead after the first quarter. Sophomore midfielder Alex Reposa (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) made it 4-2 early in the second quarter, but the Mustangs got consecutive goals from senior midfielder Christopher Propete (Waltham, MA/Waltham HS), sophomore midfielder Derek O'Reilly (East Setauket, NY/Ward Melville HS) and Savage to take a 5-4 lead. Sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) tied it for UMD with five minutes left in the first half, and junior attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) then scored the first of his four consecutive goals to give the Corsairs a 6-5 lead at intermission.
Arsenault scored three times in the first 3:14 of the third quarter to make it 9-5, but Mount Ida scored the next six goals to take an 11-9 advantage. Savage, senior attackman Brandon Keith (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable HS) and Prophete scored before the end of the third quarter, and the same three Mustangs scored again to give Mount Ida a two-goal lead with 1:42 remaining, setting the stage for UMass Dartmouth's late rally.
"We weren't patient enough on offense," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Everyone wanted to get their shots in, but lacrosse is a game of momentum. We had a great first half, a nice third quarter and a letdown in the fourth quarter. We need to have four strong quarters, we had an opportunity to put the game away and we didn't do it."
Savage finished with five goals to lead Mount Ida, while Arsenault led UMD with four. "Josh Arsenault works hard and gives 100 per cent," said Mahoney. "He plays defense, he plays hard, and he does everything he can as an attacker. He is one of the true leaders n our team and he's doing a great job."
The Corsairs out shot the Mustangs, 44-29. Sophomore goaltender Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) made 10 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while sophomore goalie James McAllister (Smithfield, RI/LaSalle Academy) made 15 for Mount Ida. The Corsairs and the Mustangs were each scoreless in four man-up opportunities.
UMD dropped to 0-1 with the defeat, while Mount Ida improved to 1-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Becker Monday afternoon. Mount Ida will visit Kean next Saturday. .
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE