BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a career-high 11 points from Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) and a career-best five goals from Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) lacrosse eased past Husson University with a 21-3 non-conference win Monday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 21, Husson University 3
UMass Boston (6-5)
Husson University (3-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a very slow first quarter, which saw the Beacons score just three goals, UMB unloaded a season-high 18 goals over the final 45 minutes to rout their first-time opponents.
While holding the Eagles to just one goal in each of the final three quarters, the Beacons attack had their way on the other side of the field as they scored at will.
Clay Arnold had the best offensive game of his college career against Husson. The senior attackman had a hand in almost every goal scored by UMB, as he combined for six points (2g, 4a) through the first 30 minutes. The Syracuse native dominated the third quarter scoring two-times, while also handing out two assists.
Parker's offensive display began early in the second quarter as he registered UMB's fourth goal of the night to make it 4-1 at the time. He then netted the Beacons first of two-man-up goals in the frame to make it 7-1. In the third quarter, the transfer could not miss as he unloaded back-to-back goals, before netting his fifth and final with five minutes left in the quarter.
The final quarter saw five different players find the back of the cage, with Mike Mulligan (Westford, Mass.) recording two goals and an assist, for a career-high three points. Kroy Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) netted the Beacons fourth man-up goal to cap-off a three-goal showing for the senior midfielder.
Defensively, the Beacons never let Husson's attack gain any momentum, as they caused turnover after turnover. Three players finished with two caused turnovers, while senior Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) led the Beacons d-core with five ground balls. Face-off men Tom Redmond (Scituate, Mass.) and Jacob Sinclair-Steeves (North Reading, Mass.) dominated the dot from start-to-finish totaling a combined 13 ground balls, and 20 face-off wins respectively.
Also scoring in the win was Joe Mauceri (Scituate, Mass.), Sam Matton (Sturbridge, Mass.), Dalton Ring (Holliston, Mass.), Cam Hladick (Natick, Mass.), and Jack O'Brien (East Longmeadow, Mass.). O'Brien also had three assists for a career-high four points.
Between the pipes Alex Fawcett (Londonderry, N.H.) improved to 3-2 on the year after making six stops. The Beacons featured all four of their goalies, with Fawcett the only netminder to make any saves.
As a team, UMB outshot the Eagles 57-14 and held a 55-17 advantage in ground balls. The Beacons were 8-for-13 on clear attempts, and dominated on special teams with a 4-for-6 showing on man-up opportunities.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Monday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between UMB and Husson
- In total the Beacons had 18 turnovers, while the Eagles finished with 23 TO's
- Husson's Matt Martin made 15 stops in the non-conference loss
- The Beacons were 20-for-27 on the face-off dot
- Clay Arnold now sits six points away from his 100th as a Beacon having scored 62 goals to go along with 32 assists in two seasons on the harbor campus
- Earlier today Robert Ranta was named the Little East Defensive Player of the Week, while Fawcett earned LEC Goalie of the Week honors
The Beacons will host Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference match-up.