WENHAM, Mass. – A last minute goal by Gordon College's Michael Utz would be the deciding tally as the Fighting Scots handed men's lacrosse a 10-9 non-conference loss Wednesday afternoon at the Brigham Complex.
The loss, which marked the first of the year for the Beacons, dropped their overall record to 1-1, while Gordon College improved to 2-1.
After a slow first two quarters, the Beacons fired off an impressive five goals in the third to tie the game at 7-7 through the first three frames. In the fourth Gordon came out with a two goal flurry to take a 9-7 lead with goals coming from Jake Martin and Utz.
The Beacons fired back to knot the game at nine goals each with Tommy Petitti (Quincy, Mass.) scoring on a man-up goal, while Ryan McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) recorded an unassisted goal with just over five minutes left in regulation. The two teams would then battle back-and-forth, but it was Gordon who got the advantage as Utz connected with his brother Ryan for the game-winner.
On the day, it was Petitti who led the Beacons attack with three goals, while McGoff and Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.) each tallied a pair of goals. Daniel Watson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) led the contest with eight groundballs and caused two turnovers. Michael Durocher (Marion, Mass.) paced the defense with three caused turnovers and finished with seven GB's.
In the cage Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) managed 13 stops, but was handed the non-conference loss. He played a major part in limiting Gordon through the first two quarters as he combined for eight saves. Cody Greenwald earned the win for Gordon as he finished 11 saves, five of which came in the fourth.
On the day, UMass Boston finished 24-for-31 on clear attempts and was 2-for-3 on man-up goals. They also combined for 33 shots, and collected 30 groundballs. Gordon fired off 39 shots and collected 36 groundballs. The Fighting Scots dominated the faceoff "X" as they went 16-for-21 and were 18-for-25 on clear attempts.
The Beacons return to action on Tuesday when they host Thomas College (Maine) at 4 p.m. at Boston College High School. The game was originally scheduled to be at Thomas College on Wednesday, but was moved due to poor field conditions.