GORHAM, Maine – Led by Conor Lenfest's (Waltham, Mass.) five goals and three assists lacrosse earned a hard-fought Little East Conference win as they defeated the University of Southern Maine by the final of 13-7 Tuesday evening at Hannaford Field.
UMass Boston 13, University of Southern Maine 7
UMass Boston (3-13, 2-5 Little East Conference)
Southern Maine (6-6, 3-3 Little East Conference)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lenfest's team-leading performance sparked the Beacons attack as they look to close out the 2019 regular season on a high note. With only one game remaining in the regular season, the Beacons are looking to sneak into the final spot in the Little East Conference Tournament which begins next week.
His eight points marked a career-high for the Waltham native, who has been red hot in the final two weeks of the regular season. In the Beacons last four games he has combined for 22 points (16g, 6a) respectively.
The sophomore attackman got the Beacons on the board early in the first as UMB jumped out to a 5-2 lead after the opening frame. They then made it a 7-4 lead heading into the halftime break, with Lenfest and Derek Caruso (Port Washington, N.Y.) each finding the back of the net once.
In the crucial third quarter, the Beacons held the Huskies attack off the scoreboard to keep their three-goal lead intact. They pushed their lead back to four thanks to a score from Caruso off of a feed from Lenfest.
The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with the Huskies opening the final quarter with a pair of goals to make it 8-6 Beacons. However, UMB unloaded a 5-1 run of their own to make it 13-7 over the final 8:21 of regulation.
Lenfest would record a pair of goals during that run, while Darragh Fahey (Walpole, Mass.) added a goal and an assist. Jack O'Brien (East Longmeadow, Mass.) netted a pair of tallies to help UMB gain some additional breathing room on the scoreboard.
Senior netminder Cameron Dixson (Wayland, Mass.) was brilliant all night for the Beacons as he combined for 19 saves to earn his second conference win of the campaign.
Defensively the Beacons combined played some of their best lacrosse of the season, as they limited the Huskies to just 14 shots on goal, 11 which were turned away by Dixson.
BY THE NUMBERS
- The Beacons led the contest in ground balls 28-22 with Matt Palin collecting a career-high eight
- Jack Dobrzynski (East Greenwich, R.I.) was once again dominant on the face-off dot as he finished with 13 face-off wins and five ground balls
- The Beacons led the Huskies 46-43 in total shots, but the two teams were even in shots on goal with 26 each
- Southern Maine had the lone man-up goal (1-2), while UMB finished 0-for-4
- All-time the Beacons are now 13-6 against the Huskies and have won six of their last seven meetings
- Lenfest now sits just five points away from his 100th as he sits with 60 goals and 35 assists for his career
The Beacons will close out the regular season on Friday when they host Western Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. on senior day.