BOSTON, Mass. - A dominant first 30 minutes of play carried men's lacrosse to their second win of the 2014 season as they eventually went on to earn a 16-4 victory over Thomas College (Maine) Tuesday afternoon at Boston College High School.
The victory improves the Beacons overall record to 2-1, while Thomas fell to 0-3 on the year and 0-2 all-time against UMass Boston.
UMass Boston played an all-around strong game limiting the Terriers to just three shots through the first 30 minutes of play. On the other side of the field the Beacons attack fired on all cylinders scoring six goals through the first frame and four more in the second to take a 10-1 lead into the halftime break.
On top of the strong play at both ends of the turf, face-off man Xavier Donaldson (Centerville, Mass.) also produced one his best games on the "X" as he finished 12-for-13 to lead the Beacons to an 18-for-24 afternoon on face-offs. The sophomore also collected a game-high five groundballs to cap off his afternoon.
In total 11 different players recorded at-least one point in Tuesday's victory, with nine of those finding the back of the Terriers' cage. Ryan McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) and Tommy Petitti (Quincy, Mass.) each fired off a hat trick, but it was Petitti who led the afternoon with four points as he picked-up an assist on the final Beacons goal of the day.
Daniel Watson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.), and Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) were also multi-goal scorers in the victory, while Dom Fichera (Scituate, Mass.) and John Powers (Marshfield, Mass.) each managed one goal and a pair of helpers. Anthony Tortora (Medford, Mass.) netted his first collegiate goal as a Beacon, along with Joseph Cunningham (Hudson, Mass.).
Between the pipes head coach Tyler Low showcased all three of his goalies starting with Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.), who played the first quarter. The sophomore netminder did not have to register a save, but earned the victory to improve to 2-1 on the year. James Bischoff (East Lyme, Conn.) played all of the second and most of the third and totaled three stops, while AJ Collette (West Springfield, Mass.) managed a stop of his own and a pair of groundballs to close out the afternoon.
Defensively the Beacons were dominant from start to finish forcing nine caused turnovers, while also scooping up 32 groundballs. The strong play from top to bottom by the Beacons limited Thomas' attack, while in the midfield they were unable to work the ball up the field without running into a white jersey. Weiss, Derek Froio (Cohasset, Mass.), and Andrew Guy (Northbridge, Mass.) all finished second on the team in groundballs with three each, while also causing a combined four turnovers respectively.
Carlos Cardona was busy all afternoon in goal for the Terriers totaling 10 stops in the loss, his third of the season. Gunnar Shelton and Caleb Runci each recorded one goal and one assist, while Jordan Marino and Oleg Deyle both netted one score as well.
The first quarter was all UMass Boston as Petitti got UMass Boston on the scoreboard less than two minutes in on an unassisted goal. Weiss added to the Beacons lead three minutes later off of a Powers assist. From there it was McGoff who scored twice, while Delpha and Watson each found the back of the net once.
Watson started the second quarter off with his second of the afternoon following a great pass from Fichera to make it 7-0 Beacons. Weis and McGoff pushed UMass' lead to nine, before Torotra scored his first goal of the season with 1:42 left in the half. Marino ended the Terriers scoring drought with 31 seconds left in the quarter.
After the break, Thomas got their second goal of the day, but UMass Boston quickly responded with a five goal run that would take them midway through the fourth. Thomas would score two of the final three goals in the contest, with Deyle netting his second of the year with 34 seconds left in the contest.
Thomas College collected 23 groundballs in Tuesday's contest, but were outshot a whopping 50-14. UMass Boston was also 15-for-19 on clear attempts, while the Terriers finished 12-for-22.
Lacrosse returns to action on Saturday when they host Johnson State College at 3 p.m. at Boston College High School. Friday's contest with Lasell College has been postponed with no make-up date announced as of yet.