GORHAM, Maine – An eight-goal fourth quarter lifted the Huskies of the University of Southern Maine to a 17-14 win over lacrosse Saturday afternoon at Hannford Field in the Little East Conference opener for both teams.
UMass Boston 14, University of Southern Maine 17
UMass Boston (4-5, 0-1 Little East Conference)
U. of Southern Maine (2-5, 1-0 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After a seven-goal third quarter, gave UMB their first solid lead of the afternoon, the host Huskies responded in-kind as they scored three unanswered to tie the game at 12-12. After a Tre Mason goal put the Beacons ahead by one, the Huskies fired off four straight to take a two-goal lead (15-13) with 2:19 to play. Josh Holmes (Weymouth, Mass.) netted the Beacons final goal to make it a one score affair.
Unfortunately, USM would have the final say as they netted back-to-back goals to clinch the victory.
The Beacons dominated offensively in Saturday's contest as they outshot USM 53-47. The two teams were almost identical in the first two frames, with USM holding a slight two-goal edge heading into the break.
After the intermission, the Beacons attack came out firing as they scored four straight to take an 8-6 lead. Newcomer Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) owned a pair of goals, in what would be a three-goal showing for the Syracuse University transfer. Tre Mason (Kelowna, B.C.) and Holmes also got in on the early surge for UMB. Southern Maine tried to stop the bleeding with a Tristan Dundas score, but they were quickly countered by three more goals, including a man-up tally by Dalton Ring (Holliston, Mass.). Southern Maine did get a pair to close out the third frame.
Holmes finished Saturday's loss with a game-high five points (3g, 2a) to match the Huskies Steve Gilbert who also had a hat trick and two assists.
Between the pipes Alex Surette (Melrose, Mass.) made 13 stops in his LEC conference opener, while the Huskies Zach Bessette finished with 18 stops, including four in the crucial fourth quarter for USM.
Tom Redmond (Scituate, Mass.) led UMB on the face-off dot with 12 wins and had six ground balls. Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) tallied a team-high seven GB's and finished with three of the Beacons 10 caused turnovers. Jacob Sinclair-Steeves (North Reading, Mass.) has 10 face-off wins in Saturday's contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- All-time the Beacons still lead the series with USM 12-6
- Saturday's loss ended UMB's five game win-streak which dated back to April 24, 2012
- On the day UMB forced 25 USM turnovers and were 22-for-23 on clear attempts
- The Beacons finished 1-for-1 on man-up attempts and had a 41-35 in ground balls
The Beacons will have a full week off before traveling to Western Connecticut State University for a 4 p.m. conference game next Saturday.