BOSTON, Mass. – Beacons lacrosse kept their hopes alive to host a conference tournament playoff game, as they picked-up a huge LEC win over Salem State University by the final of 11-3 Wednesday evening in a rain soaked Senior Day affair.
UMass Boston 11, Salem State University 3
UMass Boston (8-7, 3-3 Little East Conference)
Salem State University (3-11, 0-6 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Knowing they need the win to keep their postseason dreams very much alive, the Beacons played one most composed games of the season. After a tight first quarter, the Beacons gained some breathing room heading into the halftime break, as they outscored the Vikings 5-2 in the second, with five different players finding the back of the net.
In the third quarter, a lone goal by Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) was all the Beacons needed to keep their momentum going. It also marked a career moment for Arnold, as it represented his 100th career point as a Beacon. Since transferring to the harbor campus, Arnold has been one of the Beacons leading attackman, having reached the career milestone in just two short seasons.
The fourth quarter would seal the Beacons victory as they scored three more goals to cap-off a 7-0 run by UMB's attack. Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.), Arnold, and Jack O'Brien (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each found the back of the cage as UMB battled through the rain over the final 10 plus minutes.
Arnold capped-off the night with four goals and an assist, while sophomore Ned Parker continued his hot streak with another hat trick, his fourth in the last five games. Twin brother Kroy Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) tallied a pair of goals to help earn the senior day victory.
Despite not having the Beacons defenseman in Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) on the field, UMB's backline held strong all night as they caused a season-high 18 turnovers. Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.) had a huge day as he registered six CT's to go along with a game-high eight ground balls. Kroy finished second with seven ground balls, while Clay combined for three caused turnovers and four GB's.
Between the pipes Alex Fawcett (Londonderry, N.H.) improved to 5-4 after making just one save in the win.
Wednesday's contest could have been a rout in favor of UMB, but Salem State's Chris Schaub did everything in his power to limit the scoring opportunities. The senior captain made a total of 19 stops, including six in the first quarter to keep the deficit at just one at the time (2-1).
Nick Quirk had two of the Vikings three goals, with the third going to Zach Persson. The Vikings top scorer in Charlie Bourgeois was held scoreless all night, as he did not register a shot on goal.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win the Beacons move into a tie for fourth place in the conference standings; A win at Plymouth State on Friday will earn UMB a home tournament game on Tuesday, May 3
- UMass Boston has now won three straight over the Vikings and five of their last six meetings
- The Beacons led in shots (45-21) and ground balls (40-28)
- UMB finished 10-for-18 on the face-off dot, and were 16-for-24 on clear attempts. The Vikings were 11-for-24 on the clear
- UMB's special team registered a pair of man-up goals on six chances, while Salem State went 1-for-3
- Salem State had 35 turnovers in the loss, with 12 coming in the third quarter
- Clay became the 23rd player in program history to record his 100th career point, and the first to do so in just two seasons since Calvin Lee '17
The Beacons will have a short rest as they get set to travel to Plymouth State University on Friday for a 4 pm conference game in the regular season finale for both squads. The winner of that contest will face the other in the first round of the LEC Tournament next Tuesday either in Boston or in Plymouth.