KINGS POINT, N.Y. – Despite a 23 save performance from Cameron Dixson (Wayland, Mass.), lacrosse could not end their losing streak, as they dropped their sixth straight this time falling to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy by the final 16-4 Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium.
UMass Boston 4, Merchant Marine Academy 16
UMass Boston (1-8)
Merchant Marine Acad. (5-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Dixson, who currently sits in the top-10 in the country in saves per game, had another busy day between the pipes. After a five save first quarter, Dixson registered an impressive nine stops before the halftime break. In the third, Dixson recorded seven more saves. He then closed out the fourth with a pair of stops to match his career-high for the third time this season.
Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.) led the Beacons attack with two goals and one assist. Derek Caruso (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Michael Claflin (Newton, Mass.) each netted one goal. For Caruso it was his first goal as a member of the lacrosse team.
After MMA opened up the contest with back-to-back goals, Caruso cut the deficit in half at the 11:54 mark. The Mariners then tacked on a pair of goals to take a 4-1 lead over UMB. On a man-up possession, Claflin found the back of the net to make it 4-2 with just under five to play in the first.
Unfortunately, after that goal, MMA registered 11 straight to take a 15-2 lead into the fourth and final stanza. Lenfest scored both his goals in the fourth, but MMA had the final tally with 29 seconds left on the clock.
Brendan Kane and Shannon Byrne II combined for 12 saves respectively, with Kane earning the win.
Jared Coltey (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led the way for the Beacons on the face-off dot as he went 6-for-16. A trio of Beacons recorded a team-high four ground balls.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's contest marked the first-ever meeting between UMB and MMA
- Charley Hughes led MMA with nine face-off wins
- The Beacons combined for 36 shots, while MMA finished with 62
- UMass Boston combined for 33 ground balls, including 10 in the first quarter
- The Beacons were 10-for-24 on face-off attempts and 20-for-26 on clear attempts
- UMB finished 1-for-7 on man-up attempts
The Beacons will host Castleton University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.