SALEM, Mass. – Led by Clay Arnold (Hopkinton, Mass.) and Josh Holmes (Weymouth, Mass.) lacrosse picked-up their third straight Little East Conference win as they defeated Salem State University by the final of 13-6 Tuesday evening at Alumni Field.
UMass Boston 13, Salem State University 6
UMass Boston (7-7, 4-2 Little East Conference
Salem State University (2-11, 0-6 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lee and Holmes carried the Beacons to the crucial conference win behind a pair of four point showings. Lee led the Beacons with three goals and an assist, while Holmes finished with two goals and two assists. Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) also had a three-goal night as the Beacons moved into sole possession of second place in the Little East Conference standings.
Netminder Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) came-up with seven stops and faced a combined 21 shots from the Vikings attack. For Salem State, Kevin Lally registered 18 saves, as the Beacons attack completely dominated Tuesday's match-up. UMB posted a combined 42 shots in the victory, with 31 of those ending up on goal.
The Beacons controlled the momentum early as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Holmes (man-up), Arnold, and Lee. Salem State ended the Beacons run to close out the first quarter with a goal by Travis Kneeland.
UMB would pick-up a pair of goals in the second, while limiting the Vikings to just the one score to head into the break with a 5-2 lead.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair as both teams found the back of the net three times to make it 8-5 in favor of UMB with only one quarter left to play.
In the final frame, UMB stepped-up their game as they unloaded five goals to seal the victory over the Vikings. Salem State did manage just one goal, but their comeback effort fell flat thanks to a Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) and Holmes goal to close out the contest.
Dillon led the contest with six ground balls, and had five caused turnovers. Kroy Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) finished with five ground balls in the victory. Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.) was 9-for-8 at the face-off "X".
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons three-game conference win-streak is their longest since the 2001 season, when they won four-straight
- All-time UMass Boston is now 11-6 all-time against Salem State
- UMass Boston has now won four of their last five meetings with the Vikings dating back to the 2013 season
- The Beacons were 16-for-17 on clear attempts and were 10-for-21 in face-off attempts
- UMB held a 35-21 advantage in ground balls and were charged with just 13 turnovers
UMass Boston will look to secure their best finish in Little East Conference regular season play on Friday when they host the University of Southern Maine at 7 p.m. on senior day.