BOSTON, Mass. – In one of the most complete games played by the Beacons this season, UMass Boston used a six-goal third quarter to pick-up a crucial Little East Conference win as they defeated the Panthers by the final of 11-7 Saturday afternoon at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 11, Plymouth State University 7
UMass Boston (6-7, 3-2 Little East Conference)
Plymouth State (7-6, 3-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Led by the standout play of freshman goalie Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) and a career-high four goals from Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.), the Beacons moved into a four-way tie for second place in the conference standings.
Surette on the day registered 10 stops, but it was momentum changing full field goal with just a second remaining in the third quarter that ultimately sealed the victory for UMB. After making his sixth save of the third quarter, Surette fired off what looked to be a long pass at first. However, the freshman All-American had another idea in mind as he saw his Plymouth State counterpart leaving the net early as time was quickly counting down.
The Melrose native launched the ball the full length of the field, where it landed perfectly under the cross bar. Jayson LaRiviere tried to make the stop, as he was completely caught off-guard, but his last second attempt at a save was not enough as the ball just got over the line to send the Beacons and their fans into frenzy.
In the fourth quarter, the Beacons defense carried the load as they forced eight Plymouth State turnovers. Coupled with three saves by Surette the Beacons held the Panthers to just two goals through the final 15 minutes of play.
The Beacons came out firing in Saturday's meeting as they outscored their longtime rivals 3-1 through the first frame. Plymouth State did make things interesting in the second, as they tacked on three goals, while holding UMB scoreless before the half.
However, everything changed in the third, when UMB unloaded a season-high six goals to take control of the huge LEC match-up. In the fourth, UMB dominated the play, and with an early goal by Clay Arnold had all the insurance they needed to secure the win.
Not only did Clay Arnold have a huge offensive day, but his twin brother Kroy Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) also got in on the action as he registered a pair of goals and a pair of assists. Robert Ranta (Newton, Mass.) finished with a career-high eight ground balls and four caused turnovers to lead the Beacons defensive effort. Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.) collected seven ground balls.
Murphy, was also solid at the face-off "X" as he finished 10-for-21. For Plymouth State, Kyle Stockman finished 11-for-21 on the face-off and posted a game-best nine ground balls. Nicco Sorrentino tallied two goals and two assists, while Mac Tetreault matched his teammate with four points of his own (1g, 3a).
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston has now won two straight over the Panthers for the first time since winning four straight from 2005-07
- The Beacons earned their first home win against Plymouth State since their 9-8 OT win in the 2007 Little East Tournament
- Surette became the first goalie under head coach Tyler Low to record both a goal and an assist in the same season
- On the day the Beacons held a 40-31 advantage in shots and 33-27 advantage in ground balls
- The Beacons were 20-for-24 on clear attempts and 1-for-2 on man-up possessions
- The Beacons collected 33 ground balls, while Plymouth State finished with 27
The Beacons will travel to Salem State University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. conference game.