April 17, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team outscored Southern Maine in the second and third quarters, 10-2, and defeated the visiting Huskies, 15-11, in a Little East Conference match at Cressy Field Saturday.
The Corsairs, who led, 5-4, after the first quarter, scored the final five goals of the first half to take a 10-5 lead at halftime. Junior attackman Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) and senior attackman Andrew Foster (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS) each scored twice in the second quarter to help UMass Dartmouth build their advantage.
Sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) of the Corsairs and freshman midfielder Mark White (Oakville, ON/St. Thomas Aquinas HS) of USM traded goals at the start of the third quarter, but the Corsairs responded with a 4-0 run to take a 15-6 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Southern Maine scored the final five goals to account for the final score.
"We played about 42 minutes of really good team lacrosse in the first three quarters," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Southern Maine is a good team. We did a lot of good things out these, and we played really well for the first three quarters. Our team brought intensity, worked hard, and stuck to the game plan. We didn't play well in the fourth quarter, and they capitalized on our mistakes. We didn't do what we needed to do at the end of the game, and Southern Maine did a good job of possession."
Foster led the Corsairs with six goals, Arsenault added three, and Roberto and junior midfielder Bobby Smith (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) each scored twice. White, sophomore attacker Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS) and freshman midfielder Steve Ribero (Londonderry, NH/ Londonderry HS) each scored twice for Southern Maine.
Southern Maine outshot the Corsairs in the fourth quarter, 18-3, and had a 44-41 advantage for the game. Sophomore goaltenders Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) of UMass Dartmouth and Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, ME/Lewiston HS) of the Huskies each made 12 saves. UMD was blanked in four man-up opportunities, while Southern Maine was one for five.
UMD improved to 6-6 and 2-1 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Southern Maine dropped to 2-8 and 0-3 in LEC play with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State Tuesday evening. The Huskies will visit Plymouth State Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE