MILTON, Mass. – In their first regular season game on Massachusetts soil men's lacrosse (1-2) was handed a 12-6 loss by the Colonels of Curry College (6-1) Wednesday afternoon at Walter M. Katz Field.
The host Colonels used a strong second half to pull away from the Beacons, who at the intermission trailed their opponent by a mere two goals. On the day it was freshman attackman Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) that led the Beacons as he notched his second collegiate hat trick in the first three games of his career.
He was also solid in the center circle as he finished the day 5-for-8 on face offs. Eric Collins (Somerville, Mass.) was the other multi-goal scorer for UMass Boston as he totaled two goals in the contest. He also finished third on the team in ground balls with three. Delpha posted a game-high five groundballs, with Patrick McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) finishing just one behind his teammate.
As a squad the Beacons were nearly perfect on their 38 clear attempts as they completed 36 of transition plays. They were also 1-for-4 on man-up opportunities and finished the day with 27 groundballs.
Between the pipes senior goalie Anthony Fitti (Havertown, Pa.) totaled six saves in the contest including two huge stops late in the second and third quarters.
For Curry their sixth win of the season was fueled by a five goal showing from Connor Arnold. John Castellano also came off the bench to record two goals and three assists. Joseph Natale was the Colonel's top playmaker with four assists.
Michael Hibbard totaled 16 saves in 54 minutes of action to improve to 6-1 on the year. Timothy McGonagle closed out the final six minutes and made one save.
The Beacons got on the scoreboard at the 10:49 mark of the opening quarter as Collins drove home an unassisted goal to tie the game at 1-1. From there Curry would fire off three unanswered scores to take a 4-1 lead.
UMass Boston would score a pair of their own to keep it just a one score game with the first goal coming Ryan FitzGerald (Abington, Mass.) and the second from Delpha. Domenic Fichera (Scituate, Mass.) assisted both goals. Curry managed to net one more goal before the halftime break to extend their lead to 5-3.
After the break, Delpha cut the Colonels lead down to one at the 13:48 mark of the third quarter. However flurry from Curry would be the deciding factor in Wednesday's contest as they scored four straight goals to make it 9-4. Collins and Delpha would each get one more goal in the final quarter, while Curry netted three more to secure the 12-6 win.
Men's lacrosse returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Clark University for a 7 p.m. game.