BOSTON, Mass. – A total team effort helped to lift men's lacrosse to their first Little East Conference win of the 2019 season as the Beacons defeated Salem State University by the final of 13-3 Wednesday evening at James Cotter Field.
UMass Boston 13, Salem State University 3
UMass Boston (2-10, 1-3 Little East Conference)
Salem State University (3-7, 1-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Beacons attack, which has come on strong as of late erupted for five goals in the first quarter, before tacking on four in the third and fourth frames. The Beacons led in all offensive categories as they totaled 57 shots (32 shots on goal).
Defensively, UMB was just as solid causing a season-high 27 turnovers, while also holding the Vikings' attack to 19 total shots and just one goal in each of the first three quarters.
Jeremy Girard (Hinsdale, Mass.) and Donny Bickford (Braintree, Mass.) finished tied for the team lead in points with four each. Bickford recorded the lone hat trick in the contest, to go along with one assist. Girard registered a pair of goals and a pair of helpers.
On top of making six saves to earn his second win of the season, netminder Cameron Dixson (Wayland, Mass.) had a team-leading five groundballs.
Tommy Wilber, Jr. (Walpole, Mass.) had one of his most consistent games for the Beacons defense as he tallied four caused turnovers, to go along with three ground balls.
UMass Boston got off to a great start, as they looked to end a long losing streak. The Beacons netted the contest's first four goals with Girard, Jack Riley (Wrentham, Mass.), Michael Claflin (Newton, Mass.) and Bickford each scoring once. Bickford would then net the final goal of the opening frame to give UMB a 5-1 lead heading into the second.
Salem State would own the only goal in the second stanza as the Beacons went into the halftime break with a 5-2 lead.
In the third, UMB dominated possession as they scored four more times to take a commanding 9-2 lead. Salem State's final goal came with 2:37 as Jake Lamoureux owned the last goal for the Vikings.
The fourth quarter saw Girard and Bickford each record a goal in the first four minutes. Joe Mauceri (Scituate, Mass.) then made it a 12-3 ball game on a missile from 25 yards out with Derek Caruso (Port Washington, N.Y.) assisting on the play. Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) sealed the victory with just over five minutes remaining in the contest.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons finished 29-for-34 on clear attempts
- Jack Ganter was lights out for the Vikings as he made 16 of the team's 19 saves in 38 minutes of playing time
- The Beacons were 1-for-6 on man-up attempts
- All-time UMass Boston is now 13-6 against the Vikings
- UMB has now won four straight over the Vikings and six of the last seven meetings
- Since 2016, the Beacons have held the Vikings to six or less goals, while combing 47 goals of their own
The Beacons will travel to Eastern Connecticut State University on Saturday for a 3 p.m. Little East Conference game.