Top 13 of 2013: #8 Bristol Backstops Lacrosse To Playoff-Clinching Victory
This is the sixth in our Top 13 of 2013 series. Every day for the rest of 2013, we will count down the Top 13 moments/games of the year, with each program represented. With three Little East Conference Titles, several huge upsets over nationally ranked teams and some dramatic finishes-2013 was another step forward for UMass Boston Athletics.
Few performances stand out from 2013 as much as lacrosse goalie Henry Bristol's (South Hadley, Mass.) standout game against Southern Maine on April 23.
With two games remaining in the regular season, the lacrosse team stood just one win away from reaching the Little East Conference Tournament for the first time since 2008. With defending LEC Champion Eastern Connecticut State University slated for UMB's regular-season finale, the Beacons were set for a must-win showdown against the Huskies.
Then some severe weather kicked in; Bristol and his teammates faced 40-mile per hour winds and heavy rain, as they faced a Huskies team that had dominated them 11-4 in 2012.
Southern Maine dominated the opening quarter, outscoring UMB 3-1, while putting three of their seven shots by Bristol.
That's when the Beacons' senior captain began one of the greatest runs in UMB goaltending history. The senior goalie stopped 21 consecutive Huskies shots to keep Southern Maine off the board for 34 minutes of game-time.
While Bristol was busy making highlight-save after highlight-save en-route to a career-high 27 saves, the Beacons dug themselves out of the 3-1 hole with five straight goals.
Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) scored twice in the second quarter to tie the game and Dom Fichera (Scituate, Mass.) added the go-ahead tally and eventual game-winning goal to give UMB a 6-3 lead with 13:14 to play.
Southern Maine closed the score to 6-4 with 7:23 to play and cut the deficit to 6-5 with 46 seconds on the clock. After the Huskies won the ensuing faceoff, a Beacons defenseman got in the way of a shot and UMass Boston successfully cleared, to set off a huge mobbing of Bristol in his final home game as a Beacon.