Late Goals Foil Men's Lacrosse at Western Connecticut

Late Goals Foil Men's Lacrosse at Western Connecticut

April 23, 2011

Final Stats

DANBURY, CT-Raul Bourgeois scored 49 seconds into sudden death overtime to give host Western Connecticut State a 10-9 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team in a Little East Conference match at the Westside Athletic Complex Saturday.

Western Connecticut took possession of the ball early in the overtime period and scored on their first shot in extra time.

The Corsairs, who trailed at halftime, 6-3, rallied to score five goals in the third quarter to take an 8-7 lead. But the Colonials scored twice in the fourth quarter, the second goal a man-up goal by Sean Macey with 1:30 remaining that tied the score at 9-9.

The Corsairs got a pair of goals from junior attacker Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS/AIC) to take an early 2-0 lead. WCSU came back, getting a pair of goals from Ryan Foster and one from Bourgeois to lead after the first quarter, 3-2.

Senior midfielder Steven Espinola (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS) scored at 13:06 of the second quarter to tie the score, but Bourgeois scored twice and Macey and Mike Schoen each scored once to give the Colonials a 7-3 lead at 10:29 of the third quarter.

A pair of goals by .junior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) ignited a 6-0 UMass Dartmouth run that made it 9-7, UMD with 11:54 to play. Freshman midfielder Todd Davis (Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) contributed two goals, while Brett and senior attacker Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS) each scored once. But UMD never scored again, and Schoen scored with 3:20 remaining to make it 9-8.

Brett led UMass Dartmouth with three goals, while Roberto and Davis each had two. Bourgeois had four goals for Western Connecticut, while Macey, Foster and Schoen each two.

"We played well in the third and fourth quarters, but we had a bad second quarter," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "We had a great surge at the start of the third quarter, but we woke up too late. We were a man down too many times, and didn't play a complete game of lacrosse."

The Colonials outshot the Corsairs, 48-41. Freshman goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made 16 saves for UMD, while Tyler Martone made 15 stops for USM.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 11-3 and 3-2 in the Little East Conference with the defeat, while Western Connecticut improved to 8-5 and 3-2 in LEC action with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Salem State Wednesday evening. The Colonials will host Eastern Connecticut State Wednesday.