DARTMOUTH, Mass. – A last second save by Matt LaFond would prevent an overtime period as UMass Dartmouth hung on to defeat lacrosse 12-11 in the quarterfinal round of the Little East Conference Tournament Tuesday evening at Cressy Field.
UMass Boston 11, UMass Dartmouth 12
UMass Boston (12-6)
UMass Dartmouth (8-9)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing by one following Calvin Lee's (Hopkinton, Mass.) fourth goal of the night, the Beacons would win the ensuing face-off, but struggled to maintain possession as time quickly counted down.
The Beacons would finally get possession of the ball, and just as the final horn was about to sound, Lee would fire-off one last shot in hopes of keeping his playing career alive. Unfortunately, the senior attackman's shot would fall just short with LaFond making the biggest stop of the year for the Corsairs.
Bo Prozinski scored what would become the game-winning goal for UMass Dartmouth, with 1:59 left in the final frame. After the face-off, which UMD won, the Beacons defense would force the turnover, and would sprint up the field in hopes of getting the crucial score.
With Tuesday's loss, the Beacons close out their most successful season ever under head coach Tyler Low. The Beacons 12 wins, ties them for the most successful season ever in the program's history.
The Corsairs got off to a quick start, as they tacked on three straight goals to open up play. The Beacons would respond with a pair of goals, Lee and Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) each finding the back of the net once. However, that run was countered by a pair of goals by the Corsairs to make it 5-2 through the first quarter.
After another early Corsairs goal, the Beacons would net back-to-back tallies to make it 6-4 UMD going into the halftime break. In the third, the two rivals would exchange goals, setting up a wild fourth quarter. Dartmouth got on the board first in the fourth, but the Beacons would quickly make it a one goal game (9-8) in favor of the Corsairs. The Corsairs then battled right back scoring two goals to make it a three goal deficit with 6:43 to play. Smith and Michael Lund (Cohasset, Mass.) would lead another Beacons surge to cut UMD's lead back to one. However Prozinski got the deciding marker to seal the win.
Dillon led UMass with seven ground balls, and forced a pair of turnovers. Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) ended his career with 10 stops. The Beacons led the contest with a 29-27 advantage in ground balls, and were 14-for-26 on face-off attempts. UMB also led the contest in shots 48-42, and were 1-for-4 on man-up attempts.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With his four goals and one assist Lee ended his time as a Beacon with 54 goals and 27 assists for 87 points
- Frehill closed out his four-year career as a Beacon with 509 saves, 23 wins, and 53 games played
- The 2016 team became the first team since the 1996 squad to record 12 wins in a single season, and the first since 2005 to record 10 or more wins
- The Beacons tournament appearance was their first since the 2014 season