May 4, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team has had one of their finest seasons this year, posting a 13-3 regular season record, going 5-2 against Little East Conference opponents, finishing in a tie for second place in the LEC and earning the second seed in the LEC playoffs.
The Corsairs will begin LEC playoff action when they host Eastern Connecticut in a semi-final match Thursday evening. Game time at Cressy Field is 6:00 p.m.
UMass Dartmouth downed the Warriors, 10-9 at Cressy Field April 19th, marking their first victory ever against Eastern Connecticut. ECSU advanced to Thursday's match by winning a first round match against Plymouth State Tuesday, 12-5.
"The season results and records are meaningless at this time of the year," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "It is win and you move on, lose and the season is over. We have accomplished many of our goals for the season, but our seniors are not satisfied. "
UMD has won two games in a row and four of their last five, and has been held below 10 goals only twice in 16 contests, and junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC), who leads the team with 58 goals, leads the LEC and is third in Division III with 3.62 goals per game. ECSU is led by senior midfielder Eric Vasil, who leads the nation with an average of 14.87 ground balls per game and a face-off winning percentage of .776.
"Eastern Connecticut State is an excellent team, and we played an awesome game earlier in the season to beat them," said Mahoney. "We didn't get down on ourselves, the offense was getting some good looks at the cage, and our young defense was playing with intensity and heart. (Freshman goalkeeper) Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) came up huge in the third and fourth quarters, and has been an excellent leader all throughout the season"
Thursday's game should be another tough one. Eastern will be fired up to play us, and it should be another excellent Little East game," said Mahoney. "They were picked to finish second in the conference for a reason; they have talent, tradition and been successful throughout the years of the Little East. We look forward to playing them and it is a testament to the hard work put forth by our seniors and the tone that they have set that we are hosting the Little East semi-finals at UMass Dartmouth. "
The winner of Thursday's game plays the winner of the game between Keene State and Western Connecticut State for the LEC championship and automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at the site of the highest remaining seed. UMASS DARTMOUTH LACROSSE