CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – With 12 different players finding the back of the net, including a game-high five goals from freshman Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.), men's lacrosse (3-12) closed out their 2012 non-conference schedule with a convincing 24-4 win over Wheelock College (0-9) Thursday afternoon at Hedley Field.
Delpha also finished the non-conference match-up with two assists for a seven-point afternoon. Right behind him was senior Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa.) with a career-best six points (3g, 3a). Fitti, who was named the Little East Conference Goalie of the Week two weeks ago, traded in his goalie stick for an attackman's stick and with that unloaded on the Wildcats throughout Thursday's contest. The senior also posted a career-best 14 ground balls in the victory, which allowed the Beacons to not only dominate the momentum on the field, but the face-off "X" as well.
On the afternoon, the Beacons won a season-high 20 face-offs, with 10 of those wins belonging to Xavier Donaldson. UMass Boston's attack was also on full display as they outshot Wheelock 76-15, while also collecting an unbelievable 85 ground balls.
Between the pipes, freshman Gary Ley (Southampton, N.J.) notched his first collegiate victory after just making three stops in the contest. Wheelock goalie Mike Manning totaled 21 saves in the contest.
In every period, UMass Boston recorded six goals, while defensively they held Wheelock to just on score in the second and three in the fourth. Cam Hanlon (Hanson, Mass.) and Delpha would lead the charge in the first 15 minutes of play, with Hanlon scoring twice and Delpha four times, while also assisting on Hanlon's first goal.
The second saw Fitti unload his first collegiate hat trick to go along with goals from Domenic Fichera (Scituate, Mass.), Ryan McGoff (Winchester, Mass.), and Mike Sanchez (Hingham, Mass.). Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.), Nate Staples (Salem, Mass.), Ryan FitzGerald (Abington, Mass.), Andrew Guy (Northbridge, Mass.), and Eric Collins (Somerville, Mass.) would all get involved in the final two periods to help the Beacons secure the one-sided win.
Lacrosse returns to action on Saturday when they close out their 2012 season against Eastern Connecticut State University. The opening face-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.