Lacrosse Rolls Past Western Connecticut For Conference Win

Lacrosse Rolls Past Western Connecticut For Conference Win

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.

THE BASICS

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

For the Beacons, senior Calvin Lee (Hopkinton, Mass.) led the way with four goals, followed by senior Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.) who had three goals in the huge conference victory. 

Michael Lund (Cohasset, Mass.) and Michael Kennedy (Hudson, Mass.) each scored twice, as the Beacons moved into two-way tie for third place in the conference standings. 

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

WHO'S NEXT

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