BOSTON, Mass. – A costly slashing penalty would lead to a Alex Lucas man-up goal with 1:45 left in the first overtime to give the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth a 10-9 OT win over lacrosse Wednesday afternoon at James Cotter Field in a Little East Conference match.
UMass Boston 9, UMass Dartmouth 10 (OT)
UMass Boston (10-4, 2-2 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (5-8, 2-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a Matthew Duggan man-up goal made it a one goal game with 1:47 left in regulation, the Beacons would take advantage of a huge Corsairs turnover and penalty. After missing their first two attempts, UMD would call their final timeout of regulation. With the Beacons still in control of the ball, they would get one last chance to score the equalizer, which they did with one tick left.
Senior Calvin Lee (Hopkinton, Mass.) found a wide open Michael Kennedy (Hudson, Mass.) at the point. The attackman then unleashed a bullet of a shot that beat Matt LaFond to the near post to even the score at 9-9.
Moments later, the Corsairs would win the opening face-off of the overtime period. They would control the entire extra frame and eventually capitalized on a Beacons slashing penalty as Lucas beat Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) to give the Corsairs the conference win.
The late run by the Beacons capped off a four-goal fourth quarter, as they were held to just a pair of goals in the second and third quarters, and just one goal in the first. The Corsairs netted two in the first, three in the second, and added two more in the third and fourth to earn what they thought at the time was a comfortable lead.
However the Beacons knew they could pull off the second half comeback, and began chipping away at their longtime rivals. UMB would have had the game in hand if not for unforced turnovers that plagued them throughout Wednesday's loss. Key opportunities in their offensive end were wasted on less than accurate passes, which the Corsairs used to counter on the scoreboard.
A trio of Beacons each recorded a pair of goals, with Conor Smith (Kingston, Mass.), Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.), and Lee each finishing with a team-high three points. Joey Bouthillette combined for a goal and three assists, while the conference's leading scorer in Bo Prozinski finished with three goals and an assist.
Between the pipes Frehill came-up with 12 saves as he dropped to 8-4 on the year. LaFond improved to 3-8 with his 10 save performance.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Corsairs 36-31 and were 3-for-7 on the man-up attempts, while the Corsairs went 2-for-6
- The Beacons held a 36-25 advantage in ground balls, but the Corsairs were 20-for-21 on clear attempts
- The loss drops the Beacons into a three-way tie for third in the conference along with UMD and Plymouth State
The Beacons will travel to Salem State University on Saturday for a 5:30 p.m. conference game.