April 17, 2010

Box Score

DANBURY, CT -- Senior Adam Lanehart (Redding, CT) scored six goals and senior A.J. Barbieri (Islip Terrace, NY) add four goals and two assists as the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day by remaining unbeaten in Little East Conference play with a 17-11 victory over visiting University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon at the Westside Athletic Complex.

Sophomore Sean Macey (New Fairfield, CT) scored three goals and handed out three assists for the Colonials, while sophomore Ryan Gillis (Norwich, CT) added two goals and two assists.

For the Beacons, senior attackman Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, NJ) led the offensive attack with three goals, followed by sophomore midfielder Pat Driscoll (Hingham, MA) with two. Senior attackman Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) dished out three assists for the Beacons.

Barbieri got the Colonials on the board quickly with an unassisted goal in the third minute of play. Lanehart scored the next two goals for WestConn, one unassisted and one on an assist from Barbieri, to push the lead to 3-0. WestConn's defense held UMass Boston scoreless for the first 10 minutes, but an unassisted goal by Nunn at the 5:03 mark broke the drought for the Beacons. Barbieri, Gillis, and Lanehart each scored during a one-minute stretch late in the first period, and after a goal by UMass Boston senior defender Tim Boyle (Dorchester, MA), Lanehart closed out a four-goal first quarter on a marker with 10 seconds remaining on the clock for a 7-2 WestConn lead at the end of one.

Barbieri again struck quickly for the Colonials in the second period with a goal in just over 30 seconds, but the Beacons countered quickly with an unassisted goal by Nunn 20 seconds later. Defense and goaltending dominated play for the remainder of the quarter, but UMass Boston narrowed the gap to 9-5 in the closing seconds of the quarter on a goal by freshman middie Ian Ferrari (Mashpee, MA). At the half, WestConn held a 45-13 advantage in shots, while the Beacons' freshman goalkeeper, Jake Gostanian (Andover, MA), had recorded 18 saves.

UMass Boston came out firing in the third quarter, scoring the first two goals in under two minutes to pull within two, 9-7, thanks to scores from freshman attackman Ryan Cassidy (Northbridge, MA) and senior midfielder Al Craven (Milton, MA). Goals by sophomore Mike Schoen (Tolland, CT) and Macey gave the Colonials a little breathing room, but the Beacons went on another run with goals by Nunn and Driscoll to close out the third and WestConn's lead was 13-10 entering the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Colonials. Lanehart and Barbieri each add one goal and Macey tallied two as WestConn continued pressuring the UMass Boston defense while holding the Beacons scoreless for the first 12 minutes of the period. By the time Driscoll scored for UMass Boston at the 3:07 mark, there was little doubt about the game's outcome and WestConn celebrated a victorious Senior Day with a 17-11 final margin of victory.

For the game, WestConn finished with a 67-35 advantage in shots, 40-21 in shots on goal. Gostanian finished with a season-high 23 saves in goal for UMass Boston in a losing effort, while WestConn's Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT) recorded 10 saves and picks up the win.

WestConn, now 5-6 on the season and still unbeaten at 3-0 in the Little East Conference, returns to action on Tuesday, April 20th, when it hosts LEC rival Salem State. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. The Beacons fall to 4-7, including 0-3 in LEC play and will play again Tuesday, April 20 when they host Little East Conference foe Keene State College at 3:00 p.m.

Material used in this report courtesy of Western Connecticut State University Sports Information