BOSTON, Mass. – A 5-1 run in the final 11:32 of the fourth quarter proved to be the deciding factor as the Leopards of Wentworth Institute of Technology (2-0) rallied to defeat lacrosse by the final of 10-9 Thursday afternoon at Wentworth Institute.
The run gave the Leopards a two goal advantage (10-8) with 4:37 left in the match. UMB's Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) made it a one score game with just over a minute and a half remaining, but the Beacons were unable to capitalize in the final seconds as Wentworth's defense managed to hang on for the win.
Ryan Coakley fueled Wentworth's comeback as he recorded three straight goals in less than a minute. Ryan McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.) gave the Beacons their eighth goal of the contest in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, which at the time extended UMB's lead to three (8-5).
McGoff had another strong afternoon as he finished with a team-best three goals, while also picking-up one assist as well. Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.) tallied a career-best 22 stops as he face over 50 shots from the Leopards attack.
Delpha ended the day with a pair of scores while four other Beacons each found the back of the cage once. For Wentworth Jared Proulx made just seven saves to earn the victory. Sean Paradis and Bryan Peterson each scooped-up five groundballs for the Leopards, while Ed McDonald (Waltham, Mass.) and Bristol each collected a game-high six.
Despite being outshot in the first half UMB went into the break with a 4-2 lead with the Beacons scoring the first and last goals of the first quarter, then the only two goals of the second. After the intermission, the Leopards began to claw their way back into the game, but UMB did manage to keep their distance on the scoreboard. After each squad recorded three goals in the third, it all came down the fourth, which belonged to Wentworth despite the Beacons last attempts to tie the game.
The Beacons return to action tomorrow when they travel to Clark University for an 8 p.m. non-conference game.