DARTMOUTH, Mass.—Behind nine combined goals from Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) and Joe Mauceri (Scituate, Mass.), UMass Boston lacrosse earned their biggest margin of victory ever against rival UMass Dartmouth Wednesday night at Cressy Field.
UMass Boston 13, UMass Dartmouth 5
(UMass Boston 7-6, Little East 2-2)
(UMass Dartmouth 6-8, Little East 1-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons raced out to a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes and extended their lead to as many as 11 early in the fourth, en-route to their eight-goal victory.
Parker put together the best performance of his young collegiate career. The sophomore attack netted a career-high six goals on nine shots and found the back of the net on all six of his shots on goal. Mauceri added three goals on eight shots, to help the Beacons move to 2-2 in Little East Conference play.
Sophomore Adam Cariveau (Hudson, Mass.) finished second on the team with four points (two goals and two assists). Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) and Josh Holmes (Weymouth, Mass.) each tacked on a goal and an assist in the win.
In net, freshman Alex Fawcette (Londonderry, N.H.) limited the hosts to just two goals over the opening 49:18. He made six saves on eight shots, before Alex Surrette (Melrose, Mass.) and Nick Passalugo (Barnstable, Mass.) combined on to close out the final 10+ minutes.
UMass Dartmouth senior Kyle Taylor allowed nine goals on 12 shots in the first half. Ted McCaffery came on for the final 30 minutes and made one save on five shots.
After struggling to score in the second half of their last contest, UMass Boston jumped all over the Corsairs in the first 30 minutes on Tuesday.
Holmes gave the Beacons the lead just 1:31 in with an unassisted goal. Cariveau made it 2-0 less than five minutes in and Parker pushed the lead to 3-0 with 9:03 remaining in the stanza.
After Tom Donahue put the Corsairs on the board, Parker scored two goals in less than 2:30 to make it 5-1 after the first 15 minutes.
UMass Boston edged out to a 9-1 lead to start the second, as Dillon, Parker, Mauceri and Cariveau all scored to start the quarter.
The Corsairs snapped their 21-minute scoreless streak when Mike Rizzo found the back of the net with 27 seconds left in the quarter.
Third-quarter play was much less wide open, as the Beacons scored the lone two goals of the quarter within 1:18 of each other. Parker made it 10-2 with 9:50 to play and Mauceri pushed the lead to 11-2 1:18 later.
UMass Boston capped off their scoring with quick goals from Mauceri and Parker within the first three minutes of the fourth.
The hosts made the final score more respectable, when they scored three goals over the final 10:14 of regulation.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston held a 29-21 edge in shots, a 28-21 lead in ground balls and won 12-of-21 face-offs.
- Dillon added a game-high five ground balls and four caused turnovers.
- The Beacons finished a highly efficient 16-18 in clear attempts. UMass Dartmouth ended the night 15-25 in clear efforts.
- Freshman Jacob Sinclair-Steeves (North Reading, Mass.) finished 8-12 in the face-off X.
- UMass Boston improved to 11-13 all-time against the Corsairs with the win. The Beacons have won back-to-back meetings, after earning a 4-2 home win in 2017. Prior to Tuesday, the Beacons largest victory against UMass Dartmouth was by seven goals (21-14 in 2001).
- Despite only playing in five of 13 games, Parker already sits fourth on the Beacons with 17 goals.
- With the win, UMass Boston moved into a tie for fourth-place with Eastern Connecticut State University at 2-2.
The Beacons will host defending LEC Champions Keene State College on Saturday at 1 p.m. Saturday's matchup will be a rematch of the 2017 LEC Championship Game.