MANSFIELD, Conn. – A goal by Matthew Rougeot with 27 seconds left in the overtime session proved to be the deciding tally as the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University downs lacrosse by the final score of 14-13 in a Little East Conference contest Saturday afternoon at Rick McCarthy Field.
UMass Boston 13, Eastern Connecticut State University 14 (OT)
UMass Boston (2-11, 1-4 Little East Conference)
Eastern Connecticut State (4-7, 2-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After the Beacons scored a pair of goals in the final 1:41 of regulation to force the extra frame, the Warriors capitalized on a turnover as they found Rougeot alone just outside the crease with 26.8 seconds left in the four-minute sudden-death session.
In a back-and-forth affair from start to finish, the Beacons looked to earn their first-ever win over the Warriors in 26 tries. Trailing by two with 2:03 to play in the fourth quarter, Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.) cut the deficit to one with 1:41 to play as he scored on an unassisted tally.
Michael Claflin (Newton, Mass.) then scored a highlight reel goal with 51 seconds left on a Beacons man-up opportunity to tie the score at 13-13.
Lenfest led UMB's offense with his four goals and one assist. Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) recorded the Beacons only other hat trick as he scored all three of his goals in the first 19:13 of Saturday's conference game.
Rougeot's game-winning goal capped-off an impressive day for the senior as he totaled eight goals, which tied the program for goals in a game from a single player.
Cameron Dixson (Wayland, Mass.) had a strong day between the pipes as he made 13 saves, including five in the third and one in the OT. Jack Ranta led the defense with a pair of caused turnovers, while also finishing with a team-high four ground balls.
Derek Caruso (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Claflin each tallied a pair of scores. Caruso had the game's first goal, but was quickly countered by a 3-run by the Warriors. Parker would then tie the game at 3-3, before Rougeot gave ECSU the one-goal advantage heading into the second.
The two teams would exchange scores throughout the second frame. Trailing by one (7-8) with just two ticks left on the clock, freshman Darragh Fahey (Walpole, Mass.) netted his sixth goal of the campaign to give UMB the momentum heading into the halftime break.
After the break, Lenfest netted a pair to give UMB the 9-7 advantage. ECSU scored their lone goal of the third around the midway point, but with a goal by Caruso, the Beacons went into the fourth leading by two.
Claflin made it a three-goal advantage in favor of UMB less than three minutes into the fourth. Unfortunately, the Warriors offense made a resurgence as they fired-off five straight scores to take a 13-11 lead with 2:03 to play.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons led the contest in total shots 47-37 and were 4-for-6 on man-up opportunities
- ECSU registered 38 ground balls, while the Beacons finished with 30
- Matt Murphy led the Beacons face-off crew as he went 5-for-15; UMB finished 11-for-28 on face-off attempts
- Saturday's contest marked the first time that the Warriors and ECSU had to play an overtime period
- The Beacons 13 goals mark the most ever scored on the Warriors in the program's history and just the fourth time that they recorded 10 or more goals in a game against ECSU
The Beacons will host New England College on Tuesday at 4 p.m. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 7 but was moved to 4.