March 21, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team raced to a 5-1 first quarter lead and went on to defeat visiting Clark, 10-4, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.
The Corsairs got on top early, as senior midfielder Matt Swirbalus (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) scored on UMD's first shot of the game, with 12:49 to go in the first quarter. Senior attackman Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/Framingham HS) made it 2-0 just over four minutes later before senior attackman Shawn Roche (Centerport, NY/Harborfields HS) scored at 6:08 to make it 2-1. UMass Dartmouth got a goal from junior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) and two more from Swirbalus to take a 5-1 lead into the second quarter.
Roche and junior midfielder Chris Adams (Bradford, NH/Kearsarge Regional HS) scored the first two goals of the second quarter to bring the Cougars to within 5-3 before Leary scored with 5:08 remaining to give the Corsairs a 6-3 halftime advantage.
UMass Dartmouth broke the game open with four goals in the third period. Leary, Foster, sophomore midfielder Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) and senior midfielder Steve Colella (Wakefield, MA/ Wakefield HS) scored to give the Corsairs a 10-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Leary led the way for UMD with three goals and two assists, while Swirbalus scored three goals, Foster added two, and Arsenault had a goal and an assist. Roche led the Cougars with two goals.
"We took a step in the right direction," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We started off well, we got a good effort on defense, and we were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes. We improved defensively, and we improved on face-offs, and our goalkeeper, (freshman) Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS), did a phenomenal job. We have a young team, and we want to keep improving."
UMass Dartmouth out shot Clark, 31-23. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Cameron (Portland, OR/Lincoln HS) made 10 saves for the Cougars, while Crown made eight and freshman Kevin Pelsinski (Merrimack, NH/Merrimack HS) made three for UMD.
The Corsairs improved to 2-3 with the victory, while Clark dropped to 0-5 with the defeat. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Mass Maritime on Monday, while the Cougars will visit the University of New England Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE