March 24, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) poured in six goals as the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Massachusetts Maritime, 16-7, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Thursday afternoon.
Niden led the Corsairs offensively with a game-high six goals and an assist. Junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/ Merrimack Valley HS) scored four goals with four assists while senior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) added two goals and four assists. Junior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) tallied two goals. Senior midfielder Bobby Smith (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) and sophomore attacker Mike Lynch (Lynn, MA/Lynn English HS) each scored a goal in the win.
Buccaneers senior attacker Chris Davis (Cohasset, MA/Cohasset HS) scored a team-high three goals while fellow senior attacker Ryan Linn (Bourne, MA/Bourne HS) netted two goals. Senior midfielder Craig Nichols (Marshfield, MA/ Marshfield HS) and junior midfielder Will Doucette (Manchester, MA/Manchester-Essex HS) each registered a goal and an assist during the contest.
The Corsairs dominated the opening quarter of play, scoring the first six goals of the game, featuring two goals from Niden. The Buccaneers cut into the deficit with three unanswered goals, pulling with 6-3 with 4:20 left in the first half. UMD closed the first half with another goal from Niden, his third of the game, making the score 7-3 at the break.
The teams combined for ten goals in the third quarter, eight of which coming from the Corsairs. Niden and Brett each scored twice in the opening five minutes of the third quarter. The teams exchanged a pair of goals over the next four minutes, resulting in a 13-5 advantage for UMD with 4:52 left in the third. Niden and Brett each added a goal late in the third and Lynch added a dagger in the fourth period, securing the 16-7 victory for UMass Dartmouth.
"We played well in the first and third quarters," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We did a great job across the board. Sophomore goalkeeper Pete Foley (Northbridge, MA/Blackstone Valley RVHS) did a great job in his second game. Offensively, we dictated the pace of the game and defensively we shut down their best players. It was a good quality win for us, and I'm excited about our possibilities."
The Corsairs outshot the Buccaneers, 47-27, during the contest. Foley made five saves and junior goalkeeper Andrew Weaver (Westport, MA/Westport HS) made two saves for UMD, while freshman goalkeepers Jack Murphy (Cohasset, MA/Cohasset HS) made 14 saves and Dan Bourque (Reading, MA/Reading HS) made one save for Mass Maritime.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-0 with the victory, while Mass Maritime dropped to 1-4 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Norwich this Saturday. Mass Maritime will visit Maine Maritime Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE