TAMPA, Fla. – A dominant first three quarters carried RPI to a 26-5 win over lacrosse in the Beacons first game of their 2018 spring trip to the sunshine state Tuesday afternoon.
UMass Boston 5, RPI 26
UMass Boston (1-2)
HOW IT HAPPENED
RPI registered 23 straight goals through the first 45 minutes of Tuesday's contest. The Beacons ended their long scoreless drought when Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) found the back of the cage on a man-up possession. Clay Arnold (Syracuse, N.Y.) would net a pair of goals in the final frame, while his brother Kroy also registered two scores.
Freshman Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.) was the only other Beacon to record points in the loss as he tallied one goal and one assist.
RPI jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never looked back as they scored 10 unanswered goals in the first 15 minutes. They then added six more goals before the halftime break. They continued their offensive onslaught in the third with seven more goals to all but secure the victory.
They would then close out the fourth with four more goals.
Cliff Kigar led RPI with six goals and an assist
Jack Fournier led the Beacons defense with three of the team's seven caused turnovers, while Kroy, Josh Holmes (Weymouth, Mass.), and Tommy Wilber, Jr. (Walpole, Mass.) each finished with three ground balls.
Jacob Sinclair-Steeves (North Reading, Mass.) finished with a team-high six face-off wins, while RPI's Tyler Hancock finished with nine wins on the "X".
BY THE NUMBERS
- Tuesday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between the Beacons and RPI
- RPI combined for 10 saves in the win and held the Beacons attack to 21 shots, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter
- UMB finished 10-for-17 on clear attempts, while RPI went 22-for-27
- The Beacons were 2-for-7 on man-up attempts; RPI was 3-for-7
- RPI totaled 58 shots against the Beacons, 35 of which were on goal
The Beacons will face Nichols College on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Davenport.