WESTON, Mass. – Led by seven point showings from Pete McNichols (Norwalk, Conn.) and John Powers (Marshfield, Mass.), lacrosse tallied their first win of the 2013 season as they defeated Maine Maritime Academy by the final of 14-9 Saturday afternoon at Regis College.
McNichols, who was quiet in his Beacons debut at AIC, unloaded six goals and tallied one assist in the non-conference win. Powers was just as dangerous as he found the back of the cage three times, while also collecting four assists.
Defensively the Beacons forced a total of 29 Mariners' turnovers, while their trio of goalies led by Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.) combined for 12 saves respectively. UMB was also strong in their transition play finishing 19-for-24 on clear attempts.
The first 15 minutes of play was a back-and-forth battle between the two squads. The Mariners looking for their first win of the season, wanted to get the campaign off to a solid start on a weekend where they are scheduled to play a total of three teams in a row. On top of starting the year off on a good note they also wanted to see how they were going to fill the hole left by North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year Andrew DiSalvo who graduated last spring.
Maine Maritime did strike first in Saturday's contest, but with three straight UMB goals, two of which came from McNichols, the Beacons quickly found themselves in control of the early momentum. Nick Betti made it a one score game for the Mariners, but with McNichols' third goal of the frame, UMB was able to regain their two goal lead on the scoreboard. However the Mariners would fire-off a trio of goals of their own in less than a minute to take their first lead of the day. Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) did manage to even the score at 5-5 with 1:20 left to play in the period off of a Powers assist, his second of the day.
Delpha's late tally would spark a seven goal barrage in the second, which started at the 14:15 mark on McNichols fourth tally of the afternoon and ended at 2:33, when Powers drove home his third goal of the season and of the second period. Betti scored the lone goal for Maine Maritime with 2:23 left before the halftime.
Between the pipes Bristol anchored the Beacons defense five stops. The sophomore netminder would not return in the second half, but with Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) and Parker Barrell (Belmont, Mass.) taking turns in front of the cage the Beacons had nothing to worry about. The duo total seven stops in the final 30 minutes of play and allowed only three Mariners goals respectively.
The Beacons attack also struggled to build off of their first half success scoring just two goals in the third and none in the fourth. The first goal of the third belonged to McNichols, while the finally UMB score of the day went to Dom Fichera (Scituate, Mass.). Fichera forced a turnover right in front of the Mariners cage. He then picked-up the loose ball and drove home the final nail in the coffin.
Proving a major part in the lack luster second half of play was the dropping temperature and a slew of penalties called by the officiating staff. Both squads struggled to build any momentum after a wild first half of action.
On the day, Maine Maritime fired off 50 shots, while the Beacons recorded 34 shots, 26 of which were on target. The Mariners also led the contest in total groundballs collected with 44. UMass finished the day with 34 groundballs, five of which went to Fichera and Andrew Guy (Northbridge, Mass.).
Lacrosse returns to action on Wednesday when they host Emmanuel College at 4 p.m. at Boston College High School.