BOSTON, Mass. – Led by a nine point showing from sophomore attackman Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) lacrosse put to end a tough couple of weeks as they cruised to a 13-5 non-conference win over Thomas College (ME) Wednesday afternoon at Clark Athletic Center Field.
The nine point showing, which was made-up of five goals and four assists, marked a career best for the reigning Little East Conference Rookie of the Year. With the win, UMass improves to 3-9 overall, while the Terriers fell to 2-6 in the first-ever meeting between the two squads.
From start to finish the Beacons controlled every aspect of Wednesday's contest with eight different players each finding the back of the net at least once. Four players also picked-up at least one assist as well to fuel the Beacons attack. Defensively, UMB was just as solid as the held the Terriers to just one goal through the first 30 minutes of play and allowed only two goals in each of the final two quarters.
Between the pipes freshman goalie Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) registered his first collegiate victory after making a combined 11 saves to help anchor the Beacons back line.
Playing their first game of the season on their home field, it took a little while for the Beacons to get settled in. It was until the 6:37 mark that UMB was able break onto the scoreboard, as Delpha fired home his 20th goal of the year on an unassisted play. That tally would then spark a 3-0 run through the final minutes of the first to give the Beacons a 4-0 lead going into the second.
That trend continued in the next frame as UMB fired home five goals, while the Terriers were only able to produce one. Of the nine goals scored through the first 30 minutes of play, Delpha was the only Beacon to record multiple tallies, which played a major part in the Beacons victory as they moved the ball extremely well in their offensive third.
After the break, Thomas actually went on a little run of their own scoring the first two goals of the third, but with a pair of their own and one to lead off the fourth, the Beacons attack remained very much in control. The two teams would exchange scores in the final 15 minutes of play, with Thomas Petitti (Quincy, Mass.) netting UMB's last tally of the contest.
Pettiti was the only other Beacon to finish with multiple goals as he recorded three in the victory. John Powers (Marshfield, Mass.), Dino Flori (Watertown, Mass.), Ryan McGoff (Charlestown, Mass.), Nick Weiss (Westfield, Mass.), Ed McDonald (Waltham, Mass.), and Chuck Pepper (Waltham, Mass.) each registered a goal. Powers was also a top player maker UMB as he handed out four assists, while Dom Fichera (Scituate, Mass.) and Flori each walked with one helper.
As a squad, UMB dominated every category including shots (46-28), groundballs (33-28), and clear attempts (16-15). On the face-off "X" UMB collected 12 of the 22 face-offs take with 10 of those wins going to Lucas Llona (Shelburne, Vt.), while the other two went to Xavier Donaldson (Centerville, Mass.).
Lacrosse returns to action this Saturday when they travel to UMass Dartmouth for a 1 p.m. Little East Conference game.