BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Conor Smith's (Kingston, Mass.) eight points (6g, 2a) and Clay Arnold's (Syracuse, N.Y.) seven points (3g, 4a), lacrosse made quick work of Daniel Webster College with a 15-4 win Monday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 15, Daniel Webster College 4
UMass Boston (2-0)
Daniel Webster College (1-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
From start to finish the Beacons controlled every aspect of Monday's match-up. UMass jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first and never looked back. They secured the win in the second tallying six goals, while after the halftime break, they added five more scores to the Eagles two.
Arnold's seven points marked a career-high for the junior transfer, while Smith's six goals and eight points were both career-highs for the junior attackman.
Defensively, the Beacons were very impressive forced a combined 33 Daniel Webster turnovers, while their transition game finished 11-for-16 on clear attempts.
Between the pipes the Beacons showcased senior AJ Collette (West Springfield, Mass.) and sophomore Nick Passalugo (Barnstable, Mass.). The two netminders combined for just two stops with the win going to Collette. Kroy Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) dominated the face-off "X" for the second straight game as he finished 14-for-21, while also picking up a goal and an assist.
For the Eagles, goalie James Bushey had an impressive showing totaling 22 stops, which included nine in the second quarter alone.
Through the first 18:58 of Monday's contest, Clary Arnold had a hand in every Beacons goal. He started the afternoon off with the team's first score, before recorded back-to-back assists to make it 3-1 at the time. He then netted a pair to make it 5-2. From there Smith took over recording one assist and five goals, including four straight to give UMass Boston a 14-3 lead with 2:55 to play in the third quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston improved to 2-0 all-time in the final meeting ever with the Eagles
- Anthony Tortora (Medford, Mass.) led the team with nine ground balls, followed by Kroy Arnold who had eight. Derek DiPietrantonio (Watertown, Mass.) tallied six ground balls in the victory
- With the win, UMass Boston has now gone 2-0 to start the year for the third-straight season
- Clay Arnold now leads the Beacons with 11 points through his first two games
The Beacons will travel to Nichols College on Thursday for a 4 p.m. non-conference game.