April 11, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Junior attackman Andrew Barbieri (Islip Terrace, NY) racked up eight points, including six goals to lead the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 18-11, today in a cold and rainy Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 1-7 overall and 0-3 in LEC play, while the Colonials improve to 2-8 and 1-2.
Junior attackman Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) took a feed from senior attackman Peter Kovach (Cohasset, MA) to knot the game at 4-4 with 11:34 showing in the second quarter for UMass Boston, but Western Connecticut ripped off six straight goals, including the final five tallies of the second quarter to take a 10-4 advantage. Junior attackman Adam Lanehart (Redding, CT) netted three goals, while Barbieri found the back of the net twice and freshman attackman Sean Macey (New Fairfield, CT) scored a man-up goal to begin the string of scores for the Colonials.
Freshman midfielder Eric Collins (Somerville, MA) interrupted the visitor's scoring barrage with a goal for the Beacons with 9:47 left in the third quarter, but Western Connecticut picked up right where it left off with seven straight goals that extended into the fourth quarter with 10:02 left to play. Barbieri was responsible for three of the scores, while freshman middie Mike Schoen (Tolland, CT) scored twice and Macey and freshman attackman J.C. Flaherty (Old Lyme, CT) each registered goals for the Colonials to give them a 17-5 lead. UMass Boston rallied for four unanswered goals in a span of 1:48 in the final quarter when junior midfielder Al Craven (Milton, MA) scored at 9:40 and was followed 1:06 later by Pollock with his second goal of the day. Senior middie Tim Boyle (Dorchester, MA) scored just 12 ticks later and Craven found the back of the net again just 30 seconds after that to pull UMB to within 17-9, but Macey scored his second man-up tally of the afternoon to cap the scoring for Western Connecticut and make it 18-9. Craven netted the final two goals for the Beacons to close out the game.
Lanehart opened the scoring for the Colonials 1:55 into the game and Barbieri increased their lead to 2-0 with his first goal coming at 9:38 of the opening quarter. Sophomore midfielder John Canty (Milton, MA) cut the deficit in half for the Beacons at the 3:46 mark of the first quarter, but senior midfielder Joseph Aitken (Lakeville, CT) answered just 1:33 later and senior Kyle Wood (Hyde Park, NY) scored 33 seconds into the second quarter in a man-up situation to give Western Connecticut at 4-1 lead. UMass Boston came alive with three unanswered goals when junior Jared Doherty (Conway, NH) buried a shot at 12:31 of the second quarter and Craven followed suit just 11 seconds later to pull UMB to within a goal.
Barbieri added three ground balls to his day for the Colonials, while Lanehart recorded six points on four goals and two assists to go with seven ground balls. Macey finished with three goals and a pair of assists in addition to five ground balls and senior midfielder George Tsirigotis (Islip Terrace, NY) registered four assists and three ground balls. Senior face-off man Terry Stroz (Monroe, CT) won 11 of 22 face-offs and came up with a team-high nine ground balls. Craven led the Beacons with a season-high six points on five goals, including four in the fourth quarter and an assist in addition to five ground balls, while Canty netted two goals and came up with a game-high 11 ground balls. Pollock recorded a pair of goals and two ground balls and Kovach was credited with three helpers and four ground balls.
Freshman goalie Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT) stopped seven of 12 shots in 50:07 of action to earn the victory for Western Connecticut, while freshman Vinny Danseglio (Sayville, NY) turned away one of six shots in 5:29 and sophomore Chris Frappier (Watertown, CT) made four saves on five shots on net in the final 4:24 of relief. Freshman Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) made 11 saves for UMass Boston.
The Beacons will be in action again on Tuesday, April 14 when they travel to Keene, NH for a league match vs. Keene State College at 4:00 p.m., while the Colonials travel to Salem, MA for a 7:00 p.m. LEC match with Salem State College.