BOSTON, Mass. – Led by Michael Sullinger's three goals and seven assists, the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University (10-5, 7-0 Little East) secured the 2012 Little East Conference regular season title with their 20-5 win over men's lacrosse (3-13, 1-6 Little East) Saturday afternoon at the Clark Athletic Center Field.
With the victory, the Warriors recorded their first undefeated conference record since the 2009 season, and earned a first-round bye in next week's Little East Conference Tournament. They will then host the semi-final and championship round of the tournament if they advance.
Sullinger was one of four players to finish Saturday's match-up with two or more goals. Mike Devin and Trevor Morrissette each recorded a game-high four goals each, while Jeremy Cogliano finished with three, followed by Mike Jordan with two.
For the Beacons, freshman Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) capped off his standout rookie campaign with a hat trick and also had the only UMass Boston assist. Thomas Petitti (Quincy, Mass.) and Ryan McGoff (Winchester, Mass.) each netted one goal in the season finale.
Collectively, the Beacons posted 38 shots and 25 ground balls, while Eastern Connecticut finished with 43 shots and 44 ground balls. The Warriors also won the face-off battle as they went 19-for-29 on the day, with all 19 decisions belonging to Keith Sardo. Nate Staples (Salem, Mass.) would go on to win six of the Beacons 10 face-offs. He would also collect a team-best six ground balls, with Fitti finishing second on the team with five.
Eastern Connecticut broke the scoreless draw in Saturday's contest less than four minutes into the opening frame. Answering right back was Delpha less than three minutes later to tie the game at 1-1. Just before the end of the first period, Eastern would get a pair of even strength goals to jump out to a 3-1 lead. In the second, UMass would put the first goal up as McGoff scored his 13th tally of the season on a man-up play.
Unfortunately that goal would be the last for the Beacons for quite some time as Eastern would get two more in the second before unloading 11 in the third to blow the game wide-open. The Beacons would eventually get their third goal of the afternoon on a Delpha unassisted score at 12:23 in the fourth. Petitti and Delpha would each record one more goal in the final eight minutes of play before Eastern's Eric Swanson closed out the contest with his first goal of the campaign.