April 10, 2010

Box Score

BOSTON, MA - Sophomore midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA) netted five goals to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 14-7, in a Little East Conference match today at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 3-6 overall, including 0-2 in LEC play, while the Corsairs improve to 5-5 and 1-1.

Freshman attackman Ryan Cassidy (Northbridge, MA) took a feed from senior attackman Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, NJ) and found the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season to give UMass Boston a 4-3 lead with 9:46 left in the second quarter, but UMass Dartmouth exploded for six unanswered goals over the next 17:55 to take a 9-4 advantage with 7:51 showing in the third quarter. Roberto, senior attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA) and junior midfielder Nick Campbell (Rutland, VT) scored the final three goals of the second period to give the visitors a 6-4 margin at the half. Foster opened the second half with his 27th goal of the year at the 9:34 mark of the third quarter and Roberto tallied two more over the next 1:43 for the six-goal advantage.

Senior Al Craven (Milton, MA) found Nunn for his 14th score of the season for the Beacons to end their scoring drought and cut the deficit to 9-5 with 6:02 remaining in the third stanza. Junior Stephen Espinola (Groton, MA) scored at 3:39 for the Corsairs and junior Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA) followed with a man-down goal with 2:40 left in the third quarter to increase their lead to 11-5 after three quarters. Roberto scored the first goal of the final quarter at 9:10 for UMass Dartmouth, before junior John Canty (Milton, MA) scored a man-up goal and sophomore midfielder Pat Driscoll (Hingham, MA) followed his teammate with his team-leading 18th goal of the season at 5:25 to pull UMass Boston to within 12-7, but that would be as close as it would get. Arsenault and Espinola closed out the scoring with each scoring a goal for the Corsairs to make it 14-7.

The Beacons took an early 2-1 lead with 7:22 to play in the opening quarter with goals from senior attackman Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) and Craven sandwiched around a goal from Espinola for UMass Dartmouth. Roberto knotted the score at 2-2 for the Corsairs with his first goal of the afternoon at the 2:21 mark of the first quarter. Pollock opened the second quarter with his 12th goal of the campaign at 13:23 for UMass Boston, but Foster answered just 12 seconds later for the Corsairs to tie the score at 3-3.

Roberto added five ground balls to his day, while Foster finished with three goals, two assists and three ground balls for UMass Dartmouth. Espinola tallied three goals and caused a turnover, while Arsenault picked up three points, including a pair of goals in addition to two ground balls and a caused turnover. Freshman defender Steve Mahon (Norwood, MA) was team's leading playmaker with three assists and added three ground balls. Freshman middie Braddock Bell (South Hadley, MA) controlled the faceoffs, winning 11 of 16 draws for a 69% success rate.

Pollock led the Beacons with a pair of goals and picked up three ground balls, while Nunn and Craven each added helpers to their respective goals. Freshman midfielder Ian Ferrari (Mashpee, MA) scooped up a game-high eight ground balls, assisted on a pair of goals and caused two turnovers.

Sophomore goalie Cameron Crown (Walpole, MA) earned the victory for the Corsairs with seven saves, while sophomore Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) stopped 12 shots for UMass Boston to go with four ground balls.

The Beacons will be in action again on Wednesday, April 14 when they travel to New London, CT to take on Mitchell College at 3:30 p.m., while UMass Dartmouth hosts Roger Williams University on April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Cressy Field.