BOSTON, Mass. – A pair of fourth quarter goals was all lacrosse needed as they ended their three-game skid with a 4-2 Little East Conference win over UMass Dartmouth Wednesday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 4, UMass Dartmouth 2
UMass Boston (5-7, 2-2 Little East Conference)
UMass Dartmouth (3-9, 0-4 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
In the second lowest scoring game in program history, the Beacons had to grind out a much-needed conference win over their intra-state rivals. Eric Wollrath (Groton, Mass.) broke the 2-2 draw at 7:27 of the fourth off a pass from Calvin Lee (Hopkinton, Mass.). Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) set-up the crucial goal, and was able to get the ball off to Lee before taking a huge hit in the back.
The Beacons then secured the victory on a great bang-bang-bang play which saw Lee, find a wide-open Dillon, who then flipped the ball to the goal scorer Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) with 3:05 to play in regulation.
After their fourth goal, Dillon and his defense did the rest as they completely shut down the Corsairs attack. UMD did have a few chances from distance, but none of them were even close to finding the back of the cage.
Alex Surette capped-off the win with six saves, while his UMD counterpart Matt LaFond registered nine stops.
Dillon's days consisted of six caused turnovers, three ground balls, and a goal in the third quarter which tied it at 2-2. Also, having a standout defensive showing was Robert Ranta (Newton, Mass.) who had six ground balls, and forced the game-winning turnover with just over a minute to play in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Tortora (Medford, Mass.) recorded the only other goal for the Beacons just one minute, 17 seconds in the opening frame.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With the win UMass Boston ends a five-game losing streak to the Corsairs
- Wednesday's contest was the lowest scoring affair between the two teams
- The home win marked the first for UMass Boston since the 2013 season
- The Beacons two-goals victory marked the largest margin of victory in the last three meetings between the two squads
- On the day UMB held a 21-15 advantage in ground balls, and a 26-22 advantage in shots
- The Beacons finish 6-for-9 on the face-off "X" and were 15-for-16 on clear attempts
The Beacons will host Plymouth State University on Saturday at 3 p.m. in a Little East Conference match.