DANBURY, Conn. – A combined six goals over the final two quarters lifted lacrosse to their first Little East Conference win of 2018 as they defeated Western Connecticut State University by the final of 9-6 Saturday afternoon at The Western Athletic Complex.
UMass Boston 9, Western Connecticut State University 6
UMass Boston (5-5, 1-1 Little East Conference)
Western Connecticut State (4-6, 0-2 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
After both teams combined for just five goals through the first 30 minutes, UMB's attack came out firing after the break, scoring three goals in each of the final two frames. Senior Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) tallied a second half high three assists to help lead the Beacons to the crucial conference win.
Five different players found the back of the cage in UMB's second half run, with Syracuse University transfer Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) scoring twice during that stretch.
Despite being held scoreless in the first quarter, UMB returned the favor in the second as they tacked on three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead into the intermission. Parker, Josh Holmes (Weymouth, Mass.), and Dalton Ring (Holliston, Mass.) each netted one tally to give the Beacons a much-needed surge.
Western Connecticut's Ryan Reuling evened the score at 3-3 less than two minutes into the third, but was quickly countered by an Harley Monteiro goal to make it 4-3 UMB. Robert Swenson tied the contest at 4-4 on a man-up tally with just over five minutes remaining in the third.
Parker would then score back-to-back goals in less than a minute span to give UMB their largest lead of the day (6-4). Heading into the fourth, UMB continued to dominate offensively scoring two more unanswered goals to double-up (8-4) their LEC rival.
Western Connecticut tried to make things interesting as they scored two goals in a 30-second span to make it a two-score affair.
However, those goals would be the last from WCSU's attack, as the Beacons defense would completely shut down the opposition. UMB sealed the win with a goal by Holmes with 57 seconds left in regulation.
Alex Fawcett (Londonderry, N.H.) earned his first conference win after making eight stops, including four in the fourth quarter. Jack Dillon (Barrington, R.I.) combined for eight ground balls and caused three turnovers. Robert Ranta (Newton, Mass.) led the defense with four caused turnovers, to go along with five ground balls. Tom Redmond (Scituate, Mass.) was once again solid on the face-off dot as he went 7-for-12 with three ground balls.
BY THE NUMBERS
- With his three points, Clay Arnold now sits 18 points away from his 100th as a Beacon
- UMB has now won three straight over the Colonials and have outscored them 34-20 during that stretch
- UMB outshot WCSU 43-31, 24-14 in shots on goal
- The Beacons were 19-20 on clear attempts, and were 10-for-19 on the face-off
- UMB went 0-for-6 on man-up attempts and held a 27-24 advantage in ground balls
The Beacons return to their home field on Monday when they host Husson University at 7 p.m.