April 21, 2009
BOSTON, MA - Freshman midfielder Will Joy (Portland, ME) netted four goals to lead the University of Southern Maine men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 15-7, today in a rainy Little East Conference match at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 2-10 overall and 0-6 in LEC play, while the Huskies improve to 9-5, 4-2.
Southern Maine dominated the faceoffs to the tune of 26-6 and held a 51-27 shot advantage as well.
UMass Boston opened the scoring when senior attackman Peter Kovach (Cohasset, MA) took a feed from sophomore midfielder John Canty (Milton, MA) to give it a 1-0 lead at 10:48 of the first quarter, but freshman middie Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, ME) answered exactly one minute later for Southern Maine to tie the game at 1-1 and start a string of six unanswered goals from six different players for the Huskies. Senior attackman Lee Gauthier (Berwick, ME) gave the visitors a 2-1 edge at the 8:44 mark, before sophomore midfielder Cason Carlson (Brattleboro, VT) found the back of the net at 6:23 of the first quarter. Joy netted his first goal of the day just 57 seconds later and junior defender Matt Morneau (Portland, ME) scored at 4:06 to increase the Huskies' lead to 5-1. Sophomore midfielder Chris Gassman (Kennebunk, ME) made it 6-1 just 22 seconds later for Southern Maine, before Kovach broke up the scoring spree for the Beacons with his second goal of the afternoon coming with 1:50 showing in the opening period to cut the deficit to 6-2.
The Huskies scored the first four goals of the second quarter in a span of 2:21 to take a commanding 10-2 advantage. Joy got things started with a goal coming at the 13:09 mark and Gassman followed suit 67 seconds later to give them an 8-2 lead. Gauthier registered his second tally of the day at the 11:14 mark and sophomore attackman Tim Bryant (Peterborough, NH) found the twine just 26 seconds later to make it 10-2. UMass Boston scored the final two goals of the half when junior midfielder Al Craven (Milton, MA) took advantage of a man-up situation on a dish from sophomore midfielder Roman Ricci (Duxbury, MA) at the 9:02 mark and junior middie Dale Nunn (Hillsborough, NJ) came through for the home team with 4:59 left in the second quarter to pull the Beacons to within 10-4 going into the intermission.
Joy scored 31 ticks into the second half for Southern Maine and senior attackman Preston Gilbert (Saco, ME) netted his 31st goal of the year with 6:13 on the third quarter clock to give USM a 14-4 lead. UMass Boston netted the next three goals of the game with Canty scoring with 2:33 to go in the third quarter and then netting the first goal of the fourth quarter at the 12:21 mark. Junior attackman Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) also scored for the Beacons with 8:27 to play in the contest to cut the deficit to 12-7, but Joy tallied his fourth goal of the afternoon for the Huskies at 7:11 and Bryant scored the final two goals of the game for the visitors, including a man-up goal for a 15-7 final.
Joy added a game-high 11 ground balls to his day and won 13 of 14 faceoffs for Southern Maine and Bryant finished with three goals to increase his team-lead to 34 on the year, while adding four ground balls. Gauthier recorded five points with a pair of goals and three assists in addition to two ground balls and Gassman came up with seven ground balls to go with two scores.
Kovach and Canty each led UMass Boston with three points on two goals and an assist and added six and seven ground balls, respectively. Freshman midfielder Devin Hutchinson (Port Huron, MI) came up with a team-best nine ground balls as well for UMB.
Senior goalie James Suriyodorn (Deer Park, NY) stopped six shots to earn the victory for the Huskies, while freshman Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) was outstanding in net for the Beacons, making a career-high 24 saves and picked up eight ground balls as well.
UMass Boston will be in action again on Thursday, April 23 when it hosts Massachusetts Maritime Academy at 3:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field in its final home match, while Southern Maine travels to Biddeford, ME to take on University of New England on April 23 at 4:00 p.m.