March 14, 2014

Late Rally Falls Just Short for Men’s Lacrosse

NEWTON, Mass. – With a pair of late goals, men's lacrosse (2-2) nearly pulled off a fourth quarter comeback, but fell just short as they dropped a 9-7 non-conference decision at Lasell College (2-3) Friday afternoon.

Leading the late rally was Dom Fichera (Scituate, Mass.) and Donny Delpha (Walpole, Mass.), who recorded back-to-back goals in the span of 11 seconds to make it a two-point game.  The host Lasers managed to hang on and did not surrender a goal for the final minute 11 seconds to take the victory.

For the Beacons, Delpha had his best showing of the 2014 season with four goals and one assist, while Fichera's late tally was the lone score for the senior.  Between the pipes Craig Frehill (Norwell, Mass.) made 12 saves and faced a combined 21 shots on goal by the Lasers.

Sealing the victory for Lasell in the fourth was Aaron Laporte who recorded two of the Lasers four goals in the final frame.  Laporte finished the game with a team-best three goals, while Andrew Suh and Casey Sullivan each finished with one goal and two assists.

In Friday's match-up the two teams were even from start to finish, despite an early 3-0 lead Lasell in the first quarter.  Both teams finished with 38 shots and were 10-for-20 on the face-off "X".  Lasell held a slim advantage in groundballs (32-30), but it was the Beacons who dominated on special teams going 4-for-7 on man-up opportunities. 

The Beacons would record their first man-up goal of the day late in the second quarter from John Powers (Marshfield, Mass.).  After the halftime break, Delpha and Tommy Petitti (Quincy, Mass.) also netted man-up scores to take a 5-4 lead with just over 11 minutes left in the quarter. 

Lasell netted their only goal of the third to tie the score at 5-5, which also came on a man-up opportunity.

In the fourth, the Lasers fired off four straight goals to take a 9-5 lead with less than five to play.  Despite the deficit the Beacons tried to claw back with Fichera scoring a man-up goal, followed a Delpha unassisted tally.

Lacrosse returns to action tomorrow when they host Johnston State College at 3 p.m. at Boston College High School.