NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team raced to a 7-2 halftime lead Saturday afternoon and went on to defeat visiting Plymouth State University, 13-6, in a Little East Conference match.
The Corsairs scored three times in a span of two minutes and 13 seconds in the first quarter, and then scored the first four goals of the second quarter to claim a 7-1 advantage with 7:19 left in the first half. PSU pulled to within three goals (8-5) midway through the third quarter, but UMD scored five of the game's final six goals to capture the victory.
Sophomore Andrew Foster (Newbury, Mass.) put the Corsairs on the board early in the first quarter, and junior Matt Leary (Framingham, Mass.) scored two goals within 1:01 to make it 3-0. Sophomore Mike Lee (Foxboro, Mass.), freshman Josh Arsenault (Revere, Mass.), junior Steve Colella (Wakefield, Mass.) and freshman Steve Espinola (Groton, Mass.) scored in the second quarter for UMD, while sophomore Brian Giroux (Wolfeboro Falls, N.H.) scored both Panther goals in the first half.
After Arsenault made it 8-2 by scoring for UMD early in the third quarter, PSU came back with three consecutive goals by senior Mike Russell (Concord, N.H.) and sophomores Matt Johansmeyer (Shelburne Falls, Mass.) and sophomore Tim Hadley (New London, N.H./Kearsarge) to make it 8-5. But freshman Brian Flanagan (Walpole, Mass.) and Lee scored before the end of the third quarter to increase the Corsairs' advantage to 10-5 entering the fourth quarter.
Johansmeyer added his second of the game to start the final period, but the Corsairs scored the final three goals of the contest.
Leary and Arsenault led UMass Dartmouth with three goals apiece, while Lee added two. Freshman Tim Walsh (Medford, Mass.) contributed four assists. Senior Adam Krinsky (Concord, N.H.) finished with three assists for the Panthers.
The Corsairs out shot the Panthers, 44-26. Senior goalkeeper Steve Chase (Boston, Mass.) made 14 saves for UMass Dartmouth, while freshman goalies Billy Morgan (Winchester, Mass.) and Kevin Hayes (Beverly, Mass.) combined to make 13 for PSU.
UMass Dartmouth, 10-2 overall and 3-2 in the Little East, returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Mount Ida, while the Panthers, 7-5 overall and 2-4 in the conference, visit Castleton State for a non-conference encounter on Tuesday (1:00 p.m.)
PSU has not played a home game yet this season. The Panthers will finally play on home turf Thursday against New England College (4:00 p.m.)
(Courtesy of UMass Dartmouth Sports Information)
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