HENNIKER, N.H. – Six unanswered goals over the final 15 minutes of play gave lacrosse a huge 12-9 come-from-behind non-conference win over New England College Tuesday afternoon at Don Melander Field.
UMass Boston 12, New England College 9
UMass Boston (8-3)
New England College (5-6)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Fueling the Beacons fourth quarter surge was senior attackman Calvin Lee (Hopkinton, Mass.), who registered three of his four goals in the frame. Also having a big game for the Beacons was Matthew Duggan (Weymouth, Mass.) who tallied five goals, and had one assist in the non-conference victory.
On the face-off dot, Phil Truong (Quincy, Mass.) had an impressive afternoon as the sophomore, went 17-for-25.
Between the pipes AJ Collette got the start, but was unable to last the entire game, as he allowed five goals on six NEC shots. Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) closed out the final 41 minutes, and stopped nine shots to pick-up his sixth win of the campaign (6-3).
The Beacons started off Tuesday's contest on a great note, as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of goals by Duggan.
However, the Pilgrims would respond with a 5-0 run, with their last goal coming at the 11:04 mark of the second quarter. Duggan and Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.) scored back-to-back goals to make it 5-4 NEC. Sykler Saunders would close out the second with a man-down goal to make it 6-4 Pilgrims as they went into the break.
In the third, Saunders picked-up another tally to make it a three goal game in favor of the home team. From there the two squads would exchange goals, with Lee and Duggan each scoring once to make it 9-6 Pilgrims, as they headed into the fourth.
The fourth quarter saw a shutdown performance by the Beacons defense and Frehill. NEC was held to just four shots in the final quarter, while the Beacons attack tallied six with all of them finding the back of the net.
William Platt was handed to the loss as the netminder dropped to 5-6 on the year.
Truong led the Beacons with five ground balls, followed by Anthony Tortora (Medford, Mass.) and Jack Fournier (West Newbury, Mass.) who each tallied four. Michael Durocher (Marion, Mass.) finished with a pair of ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers in the huge win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time UMass Boston leads the series with NEC 2-1
- Tuesday's win was the first for the Beacons over the Pilgrims since 1982 when they won 10-7
- The meeting was the first between the two programs since 2003
- The Beacons eight wins ties their 2014 total for most victories by head coach Tyler Low
- The six points (5g, 1a) by Duggan is a career high for the sophomore
The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State University on Saturday for a 12 p.m. conference game.