Eastern Connecticut Stops Lacrosse in Conference Regular Season Finale
MANSFIELD, Mass. – Led by Mike Jordan and Chris Barnett's four goals each and Tyler Fresen's five assists, the Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University (8-7, 6-1 Little East) handed lacrosse (6-11, 3-4 Little East) a 20-0 loss Saturday afternoon at the Mansfield Sports Complex in the Little East Conference regular season finale for both teams.
UMass will look to bounce back from today's loss as they enter next week's Little East tournament as the fifth seed. The Beacons will travel to Plymouth State on Tuesday. The Panthers finished 2013 as the fourth-seed.
The Beacons will be making their first trip to the conference tournament since the 2008 season with head coach Tyler Low leading currently leading his squad to their best season ever during his three years at UMB.
Prior to Saturday's loss the Beacons had a tremendous amount of momentum in their favor having pulled out victories over Salem State University and the University of Southern Maine. Looking for the upset and potentially a home playoff game the Beacons made the long trip to Connecticut.
Unfortunately their plan to take one of the conference giants was completely neutralized as the Warriors notched their first shutout of the 2013 season.
Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.) returned to the starting line-up in Saturday's contest and fired off a team-high eight shots, with two ending up on goal. He also collected four groundballs and was 7-for-13 on face-off attempts. Andrew Guy (Northbridge, Mass.) and Henry Bristol (South Hadley, Mass.) finished second on the team with three ground balls each.
Bristol was handed the loss in Saturday's contest after making just three saves in the first 30 minutes of play. Parker Barrell (Belmont, Mass.) closed out the final two quarters totaling four stops.
The Beacons transition game was solid for the most part as they went for 16-for-19 on the day.
Lacrosse returns to action on Tuesday when they travel to New Hampshire to face the Panthers. A start time has not yet been announced.