March 11, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- Visiting Roger Williams scored four consecutive goals within a span of three minutes and 11 seconds early in the fourth quarter and held off the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team, 12-9, in the Corsairs' 2009 home opener at Cressy Field Wednesday afternoon.
Sean Benner gave the Hawks a 9-7 lead when he scored with 13:46 remaining in the fourth quarter. Jim Tancredi made it 10-7 just 26 seconds later, then Dave Hurley scored a pair of goals a minute and 25 seconds apart as RWU built a 12-7 advantage with 10:35 remaining.
Senior attackman Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/Framingham HS) scored twice to bring the Corsairs within three goals, converting a pass from junior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) with 5:25 remaining, and again after a pass from sophomore midfielder Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/ Malden Catholic HS) with 3:24 left. But RWU goalkeeper Tyler Babcock held UMD off for the rest of the way.
Arsenault and Foster each scored twice in a high-scoring first quarter, which ended with UMass Dartmouth ahead, 4-3. Drew Smith scored three times in the second quarter and the Hawks led, 7-5, at halftime. Senior midfielder Steve Colella (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) and Arsenault scored in the third quarter for the Corsairs to cut the lead to 8-7 entering the fourth quarter.
"It was a competitive game for three quarters, but they had a spurt in the fourth quarter and we couldn't match it," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Their goalie had a great game. Roger Williams is a good team, but our team never quit and came back and gave it all they had. We improved from our last game, but we're not finishing all of our chances."
Foster and Arsenault led the Corsairs with three goals apiece, and Foster had three assists while Arsenault added one. Leary had two goals and two assists. Hurley and Smith each scored three times for the Hawks.
UMass Dartmouth out shot Roger Williams, 30-27. Babcock made 11 saves, while UMD freshman goalkeeper Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) made 12.
The Corsairs fell to 1-0 with the defeat, while the Hawks improved to 2-0 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host SUNY Maritime Saturday afternoon. RWU will visit Eastern Connecticut State on Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE