BOSTON, Mass. – Senior Calvin Lee (Hopkinton, Mass.) netted four goals, while his fellow seniors recorded a combined five points as the Beacons closed out their regular season with a 10-6 Little East Conference win over the University of Southern Maine Friday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 10, University of Southern Maine 6
UMass Boston (12-5, 4-3 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (8-6, 3-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
With the win, the Beacons have locked-up the fifth-seed in this year's Little East Conference tournament and will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday. A start time for that quarterfinal game will be announced later this weekend.
The Beacons 12 wins, now ties for the all-time record, which was set in 1996. That season, UMass, under the direction of former head coach Myles Berry, posted a 12-1 record. The 1996 team was most recently inducted into the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame, as one of the greatest teams in UMass Boston Athletics history.
For Lee, he hit a program milestone in Friday's victory, as he netted his 50th career goal. The Hopkinton native becomes just the ninth player in program history to record 50 or more goals in the season. He is the first Beacon to do it since Hall of Famer Joshua Stolp accomplished the feat in 2003, when he finished with 52 goals.
After just a combined three goals between the two squads through the first 15 minutes of play, the Beacons attack took over in the second. UMB went-off for five goals to make it a 6-3 lead going into the halftime break. Both teams would find the back of the net once in the third, while in the fourth the Beacons edged out their conference rivals netting three goals, while the Huskies managed a pair of scores.
The Huskies struck broke the scoreless draw in the first frame, netting back-to-back goals in less than 40 seconds. Lee got the Beacons on the board with just 50 ticks left in the first quarter on an unassisted laser of a shot.
In the second, Michael Kennedy (Hudson, Mass.) continued the Beacons offensive surge scoring the first goal of the new quarter. From there Lee would find the back of the net for the second time. Kennedy then made it 4-2 Beacons on a man-up tally off of a pass from Conor Smith (Kingston, Mass.). The Huskies ended the Beacons run with a goal by Keegan Smith, but UMass would own the remainder of the period, with Lee scoring once, followed by Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.). The duo would score the back-to-back goals in a span of just 20 seconds.
In the third, Michael Lund got in on the action, with his 10th marker of the year, followed a Sam Hornblower goal for the Huskies to make it 6-3 with one quarter to play.
Nate DelGuidice made it just a two goal game at the 12:20 mark, as he netted his second of the night. However, UMass ended any chance of a Huskies comeback, as they netted three straight, with Matthew Duggan (Weymouth, Mass.) and Lee each scoring even strength goals. Senior Michael Durocher (Marion, Mass.) put the final nail the in coffin, as he not only forced a USM turnover, but the ball up the field on his own, and finished the play off with his first goal of the year.
Seth Wing had the final goal of the contest for USM, but it was too little too late.
Zach Bessette was handed the loss, his fourth (5-4) after making six stops on Friday. Senior Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) combined for 12 stops in his final home game as a Beacon. With his 10 wins (10-5), Frehill now sits tied for fifth for wins a single season. He becomes the first goalie to record 10 wins in a season since 2005, when Nicholas Eaton posted 11 that season.
Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) led the Beacons defense with four caused turnovers, and had a game-high seven ground balls. Face-off men Phil Truong (Quincy, Mass.) and Dan Geragthy each recorded five wins on the "X".
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston is now 13-3 against the Huskies all-time, and have won four straight
- Friday's contest marked the final home game for seniors Lee, Freehill, Kennedy, Truong, Dino Flori (Watertown, Mass.), Zac Medeiros (East Freetown, Mass.), Daniel Coelho (Medford, Mass.), and Joseph Cunningham (Hudson, Mass.)
- Frehill now sits just one save away from becoming just the third goalie in program history to record 500 career saves
- The Beacons were 10-for-18 on face-offs, and led the contest in ground balls 29-25
- USM led the contest in shots 35-32
- UMass Boston was 1-for-7 on man-up attempts, while USM finished 0-for-4
The Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday for the quarterfinal round of the Little East Conference Tournament. Start time will be announced this weekend.