April 27, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) scored six goals to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team to an 11-5 victory over visiting Salem State in a Little East Conference at Cressy Field Wednesday evening.
Brett scored with 3:24 left in the second quarter to give UMD a 4-1 lead, then scored twice in the final 1:15 of the first half to put the Corsairs ahead, 7-1, at halftime.
After sophomore attacker Jake Tucci (Medway, MA/Medway HS) scored for the Vikings in the third quarter, Brett scored three consecutive goals to put UMD ahead, 10-2, with 13:52 remaining.
Senior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) scored twice for UMass Dartmouth, while senior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) had a goal and an assist and became the Corsairs' second all-time leading scorer. He broke a tie with Andrew Foster and now has 179 points, trailing only Jim Ruggiero, who has 201 after completing his career in 2002.
Five different players scored for the Vikings, who were outshot, 54-24, but got 26 saves from senior goalkeeper Brendan Gill (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS), who kept the game scoreless through the end of the first quarter.
"We faced probably the best goalkeeper in the Little east, and we had to change our game plan," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We got off some excellent shots in the first quarter, but he saved them all, so we told our guys to get closer and tighter and they responded. Nick Brett did a good job getting to the cage, which is what it took to score against Brendan Gill. We did a lot of good things tonight, we played well on defense, and it was good to see Josh become our second leading scorer."
Freshman goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made nine saves for UMD. UMass Dartmouth improved to 12-3 and 4-2 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Salem State dropped to 6-8 and 1-5 in LEC action with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they host UMass Boston Saturday. The Vikings will host Keene State Saturday. UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE