April 16, 2011
GORHAM, ME-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team outscored host Southern Maine in the third quarter, 7-1, took a 10-5 lead after three quarters, and held on for a 12-10 victory in a Little East Conference match at Paula Hodgdon Field Saturday.
Trailing at halftime, 4-3, the Corsairs got two goals from senior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) and another from freshman midfielder Jordan McPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) to take a 6-4 lead with 8:46 left in the third quarter. Mark White scored for Southern Maine 34 seconds later to make it 6-5, but the Corsairs scored the next four goals to take a five-goal advantage into the fourth quarter. Arsenault and senior midfielder Bobby Smith (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) scored in the fourth quarter to give UMD a 12-8 lead with 5:42 to play. Tim Bryant scored twice for the Huskies to cut the Corsair advantage to 12-10 with 3:31 remaining, but the Corsairs held off USM the rest of the way.
Arsenault had four goals for UMass Dartmouth, junior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) had three goals and two assists, and McPherson scored twice. Bryant had five goals for Southern Maine, with White and Dylan Bousquet-Smith each scoring twice.
"Overall, I was pleased with our effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We played on grass for the first time, we played well in the first, third and fourth quarters, the offense played well and our defense was fantastic. Josh Arsenault played well on offense, and (sophomore defender) Ryan Holbrook (Braintree, MA), (freshman defender) Steve Tarpey (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS), and (sophomore defender) Larry Gilvarg (Natick, MA/Natick HS) played well on defense. It was a good league win."
The Huskies outshot the Corsairs, 42-41. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made 14 saves for UMD, while Kyle Dussault made 11 stops for USM. The Corsairs were blanked on three man-up opportunities, while the Huskies converted three of 11. UMass Dartmouth improved to 10-2 and 2-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 3-8 and 1-2 in LEC action with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday. The Huskies will host Plymouth State Wednesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE