DANBURY, Conn. – A total team effort carried lacrosse to their first 10 win season in over a decade as the Beacons cruised past Western Connecticut State University by the final of 14-6 Saturday evening at The WAC.
UMass Boston 14, Western Connecticut State University 6
UMass Boston (10-3, 2-1 Little East Conference)
Western Connecticut State U. (2-9, 1-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons failed to get anything going early on in Saturday's conference match-up, but all that changed when Lee scored at the 3:24 mark of the first quarter. Kennedy would follow suit in the closing minutes of the opening quarter, as the Beacons evened the score at 2-2 heading into the first break.
Western's Michael Garrett scored early in the second quarter to put the Colonials back into the lead, 3-2, but two goals each from Lee and Weiss over the final 10 minutes of the quarter gave UMass Boston a 6-3 lead going into the locker room at intermission.
UMass Boston extended the lead by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter to make it a 7-0 run before Western was able to find the back of the net again. By then 7-0 run for the Beacons, making the score 9-4.
UMass Boston closed out the third quarter with two more goals and began the fourth with another to take a comfortable 12-4 lead.
The Colonials tacked on two more goals midway through the fourth to make it 12-6, but the Beacons scored the game's final two goals to claim a 14-6 final margin of victory.
For the game, UMass Boston held a 45-24 advantage in shots, and a 37-20 edge in ground balls. Patrick Tynan made 12 saves in goal in the loss, while Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) made nine saves to improve to 8-3.
Phil Truong (Quincy, Mass.) had another strong performance in the face-off circle as the sophomore finished 17-for-22, to go along with a career-high 13 ground balls. Lee finished second on the team with five ground balls, and also had four caused turnovers.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons 10 wins marks the most since 2005 when they recorded 11
- Saturday's win marked the first for the Beacons over Western Connecticut since 2006
- Lee leads the Little East Conference in goals with 40 and points with 63
- Frehill's 7.73 goals against average has him sitting first in the conference, while his 58.5 save percentage has him ranked second
The Beacons will host UMass Dartmouth on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Information from this story provided by Western Conn. State U. Sports Information Department