March 10, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Wheaton, 15-8, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Thursday afternoon.
Junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) led the Corsairs attack with five goals, senior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) netted three goals, freshman attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) tallied two goals and two assists, and senior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) scored two goals and added two assists. The Corsairs entered the halftime with a 9-4 lead behind three goals from Brett and Arsenault. UMD continued their offensive surge in the final two periods, outscoring Wheaton 6-4, securing the 15-8 victory.
Wheaton was led offensively by senior attacker Ben Cederberg (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury HS) with three goals while senior attacker Bobby Barry (Duxbury, MA/Duxbury HS) added two goals. Junior attacker Billy McNamara (Mansfield, MA/Northfield Mount Hermon School) notched three assists in the loss.
"We played 60 minutes of good lacrosse, we played with enthusiasm, and we played a great game," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Our defense played great, they limited our mistakes, freshmen attacker Jordan McPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) played phenomenal on face-offs, Nick Brett had a great day, and freshman goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) had a great day in goal. We are playing well right now and we have to keep the momentum going into this weekend's game against Mount Ida."
The Corsairs outshot the Lyons 37-26 during the contest. Thayer made 12 saves for UMD, while freshman goalkeeper Matt Guruge (New Ipswich, NH/Saint Bernard's HS) made 13 saves for Wheaton.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 3-0 with the victory, while Wheaton dropped to 0-1 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Mount Ida Saturday. Wheaton will travel to Maryland to play Manhattanville next Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE