April 29, 2014

No. 6 Lacrosse To Face No. 3 UMass Dartmouth Tonight in LEC Tournament

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Later today the lacrosse program will be making their second straight appearance in the Little East Conference Tournament as they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 7:30 p.m. first round game. 

For tonight's contest live stats and a free video webcast will be available.

Live Stats: http://livestats.prestosports.com/umassdartmouth/

Video: http://www.littleeast.tv/play/index.cfm?fuseaction=embstay&id=44265B7287

The Beacons enter this year's tournament as the sixth-seed, while the Corsairs are currently the third-seed.  The postseason meeting will mark the first between the two teams since the 2001 season when the Beacons earned a 12-10 victory.  It also stands as only the second time ever that the two intra-state rivals have faced-off in the playoffs. 

In 2014, the Corsairs ended a two-game regular season skid as they defeated the Beacons 11-5 on April 26 in Boston.  Prior to that win, the Beacons stunned the Corsairs on their home field with an 8-7 overtime decision in 2013, and a 12-10 win in Boston in 2012.

Leading the Beacons into the postseason is junior attackman John Powers (Marshfield, Mass.), who sits with a team leading 54 points, 34 goals, and 20 assists.  Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) and Tommy Petitti (Quincy, Mass.) are sitting tied for first in man-up goals with six each, while Noah Ellis (Hingham, Mass.), Nick Tangherlini (Cohasset, Mass.), and Powers each own two game-winning scores.

Defensively, Derek Froio (Cohasset, Mass.) has had an impressive season for the Beacons backline totaling a team-high 79 groundballs.  He also leads the team with 32 caused turnovers, while fellow defenseman Andrew Guy (Northbridge, Mass.) sits second with 23 caused turnovers and third with 42 groundballs.

Between the pipes it has been sophomore Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.), who has played a major part in the Beacons recording their most successful season during the Tyler Low era.  Sitting with 170 saves, Frehill has been named a two-time LEC Goalie of the Week, and stands at 8-9 going into tonight's match-up. 

The winner of tonight's contest will advance to the semi-final round of this year's tournament where they will face the second-seeded Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University.  This year's semi-finals will be held on Friday at the ECSU Sports Complex in Mansfield, CT.  Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m.  This year's championship will be held this Sunday at the highest remaining seed.