May 1, 2010
by John Cabral
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team finished its regular season on a down note, losing 14-6 to visiting Western Connecticut State in Saturday afternoon's Little East Conference regular season finale at Cressy Field. Saturday's contest was the final home game for four seniors on the UMass Dartmouth squad.
The Corsairs had no answer for sophomore attacker Sean Macey (New Fairfield, Conn. /New Fairfield HS), who sliced through their defense for eight goals and an assist. Macey scored the game-winning goal and eight of the ten Colonial goals scored over the game's middle two quarters. "They've got a very good offensive player in Sean Macey," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "He's a legit Division I player, a transfer from Quinnipiac. We couldn't stop him. We tried to do a few things with him, but he's a smart player, an intelligent player, and he's better than most of the kids we have on the field."
The Corsairs held a brief early lead in the first quarter. After the Colonials scored first on a goal by freshman midfielder Andrew Bascom (Franklin, Mass. /Franklin HS), the Corsairs rallied for three straight tallies to grab a 3-1 lead. Junior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, Mass. /Malden Catholic HS) tied the game immediately, taking a feed from sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, Mass. /Malden Catholic HS) and scoring just 47 seconds after the Bascom goal with 10:07 remaining in the first quarter. The Corsairs followed with two more goals in just over two minutes, scored by freshman midfielder Cody Santor (Glastonbury, Conn. /Glastonbury HS) and junior midfielder Stephen Espinola (Groton, Mass. /Groton-Dunstable HS), respectively.
Western Connecticut then ran off five straight goals through the end of the first quarter and into the second. The run included three tallies by Macey, the last of which concluded the run and made the score 6-3 in favor of the Colonials with 5:24 left in the half.
The Corsairs notched consecutive goals in a span of less than a minute to round out their scoring for the first half. Senior attacker Andrew Foster (Danvers, Mass. /Danvers HS) struck first, finding the back of the net off of an assist from Roberto with 5:06 remaining. Less than a minute later, Espinola followed with a marker of his own to bring the Corsairs to within 6-5.
Western Connecticut scored the final three goals of the first half and took a 9-5 lead into halftime. The Colonials continued their push into the third quarter, where they scored the first three goals to put the game out of reach.
Foster added a second goal late in the third quarter, making him the only multiple goal scorer for the Corsairs on the day. UMass Dartmouth's final goal came from sophomore midfielder Alex Reposa (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS), who beat the clock and scored his fifth goal of the season with 28 seconds left in the game.
Saturday was Senior Day at Cressy Field, marking the final home game in the collegiate careers of seniors Andrew Foster (Danvers, MA/Danvers HS), Robinson Douglas (Grafton, Mass./Grafton HS), Austin Savoie (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional HS), and Tarek Donnelly (Danvers, Mass./Danvers HS). "Four years ago, we were not a very competitive lacrosse team," Mahoney said. "We had four kids who dedicated themselves for four years here and really improved our program, and I'm grateful for them. I hate to see them go."
The Corsairs fell to 7-9 and 3-4 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while the Colonials improved to 6-9 and 4-3 with the defeat. Both teams will return to action when the LEC playoffs begin Tuesday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE