March 28, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore attackman Jon Falls (Seekonk, MA) tallied six points, including three goals and the Salem State College men's lacrosse team scored seven unanswered goals in the second half, en-route to a 13-7 victory over host University of Massachusetts Boston today in the Little East Conference season opener at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 0-3 overall and 0-1 in LEC play, while the Vikings improve to 3-3 and 1-0.
Junior attackman Justin Jones (Beverly, MA) stole the ball in UMass Boston's end and netted his team-leading 12th goal of the year to knot the game at 6-6 with 8:47 showing in the third quarter to begin a string of seven consecutive goals for Salem State. Jones fed junior attackman Rob Mulroy (Swampscott, MA) for a pair of goals in a span of 27 seconds to give the Vikings an 8-6 margin with 4:34 left in the third period. Junior long-stick middie Mike Carpenito (Leominster, MA) netted an unassisted goal with just 58 seconds left in the quarter to give the visitors a 9-6 advantage. Salem State kept the pressure on with the first three tallies of the fourth quarter to take a 12-6 lead when freshman attackman Ryan Gendreau (Danvers, MA) found the back of the net twice at 10:31 and 8:43, before Falls scored at the 4:58 mark of the final quarter to give the Vikings a six-goal lead. Senior attackman Peter Kovach (Cohasset, MA) found sophomore attackman John Canty (Milton, MA) for a Beacons' score with 2:13 showing in the fourth quarter to snap a stretch of 28:08 without a goal for UMB. Salem State answered less than a minute later when sophomore midfielder Anthony DeLeo (North Reading, MA) scored with 96 seconds left in the contest to cap the scoring at 13-7.
UMass Boston broke into the scoring column first when junior attackman Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) scored at 11:43 of the opening quarter, but the Vikings scored the next three goals on tallies from junior midfielder Brandon Cali (Leominster, MA), Falls and senior middle Paddy Boscoe (Dartmouth, MA), who capped the run with a man-up goal with 83 seconds left in the first quarter to give Salem State a 3-1 lead. Freshman midfielder Eric Collins (Somerville, MA) pulled the Beacons to within 3-2 with his first collegiate goal coming just 45 seconds into the second quarter. The Vikings matched the score just 23 seconds later, before Kovach scored an extra-man goal at 11:46 for UMass Boston to keep it a one-goal game at 4-3. Falls gave the Vikings a two-goal cushion at the 10:27 mark, but the Beacons closed out the final 2:41 of the half with three goals. Pollock found the back of the net at 2:41 and Kovach followed 55 seconds later to tie the contest at 5-5, before Canty gave UMass Boston a 6-5 lead on a helper from senior midfielder Tim Boyle (Dorchester, MA) with just 21ticks left in the second quarter.
Falls added five ground balls to his day and Mulroy registered five points on three goals and two assists to go with four ground balls for Salem State. Gendreau finished the day with three goals and DeLeo added a pair of assists to his goal and seven ground balls. Sophomore middie Jim Cross (Beverly, MA) won all but one of his 11 faceoffs for the visitors. Kovach and Canty each totaled three points with two goals and an assist for the Beacons. Kovach also picked up four ground balls and Canty five. Pollock netted a pair of goals, while Boyle assisted on two for a career-best and picked up six ground balls. Senior defender Matt Dunn (Milton, MA) also scooped up a team-high six ground balls.
Sophomore goalie Brendan Gill (Chelmsford, MA) made seven saves in 56:18 of action to earn the win for the Vikings and added a game-high nine ground balls, while freshman Kyle Tuneburg (Beverly, MA) stopped two of three shots in the final 3:42 of action for Salem State. Freshman goalie Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) turned away 12 shots in his collegiate debut for UMass Boston.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Monday, March 30 when it hosts Curry College at 3:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field, while the Vikings host Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Tuesday, March 31 at 4:30 p.m.