UMass Dartmouth defeats Western men's lacrosse, 9-1

from the desk of Dave Geringer - UMass Dartmouth SID

Box Score

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA (Mar. 31) - Sophomore midfielders Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) and Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) each scored twice to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team to a 9-1 victory over visiting Western Connecticut State in the Little East Conference opener for both schools at Cressy Field Saturday.

MacPherson and Lawless opened the scoring, with MacPherson converting as pass from sophomore midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) with 11:21 left in the first quarter and Lawless scoring unassisted less than a minute later. Freshman midfielder Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS), MacPherson and sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) scored in the second quarter and the Corsairs took a 5-0 halftime lead.

Lawless, Davis and freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) scored in the third quarter before senior midfielder Mike Schoen (Tolland, CT/Tolland HS) put the Colonials on the board with 18 seconds left in the third quarter. Senior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored UMD's last goal in the fourth quarter.

The Corsairs outshot the Colonials, 38-24. UMass Dartmouth sophomore goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made 12 saves, while senior goalie Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire HS) stopped 16 shots for the Colonials.

UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-1 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Western Connecticut dropped to 5-3 and 0-1 in the LEC with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Nichols Thursday. The Colonials will visit Trinity Tuesday. 

Western Connecticut (5-3, 0-1 LEC) vs. UMass Dartmouth (5-1, 1-0 LEC)
Date: Mar 31, 2012 Location: North Dartmouth, MA   Stadium: Cressy Field
Attendance: 150   Start time: 1:00 pm   End time:2:30 pm   Total time:1:30

SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
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Western Connecticut.  0  0  1  0 -  1
UMass Dartmouth.....  2  3  3  1 -  9

Western Connecticut SCORING: GOALS: Mike Schoen 1.
ASSISTS: None.

UMass Dartmouth SCORING: GOALS: Jordan MacPherson 2; Justin Lawless 2;
Adam Niden 1; Connor Gaffney 1; Riley Baxter 1; Todd Davis 1;
Christian Roberto 1.
ASSISTS: Riley Baxter 1; Todd Davis 1; Connor Gaffney 1; Justin
Lawless 1; Jordan MacPherson 1; Adam Niden 1.

Western Connecticut GROUND BALLS: Ryan Gillis 4; Andrew Bascom 3; Raul
Bourgeois 3; Nick Foley 2; Ryan Foster 2; Andrew Golden 2; Taylor
Leahy 2; Tyler Martone 2; Tony Scarnati 2; Mike Schoen 2; Brandon
Marszalek 1; Jon McLean 1; Martin Noenickx 1; Jason Szabo 1; Gerard
Wrenn 1.

UMass Dartmouth GROUND BALLS: Adam Niden 9; Connor Gaffney 7; Paul
Nunes 7; Riley Baxter 5; Jordan MacPherson 4; Steve Tarpey 3; Nick
Thayer 3; Todd Davis 2; Dan Dawley 2; Ryan Holbrook 2; Justin Lawless
2; Nick Brett 1; Eric Hubbard 1; Alex Reposa 1; Jared Wright 1.

SHOTS - Western Connecticut 24; UMass Dartmouth 38.
SHOTS ON GOAL - Western Connecticut 13; UMass Dartmouth 25.

PENALTIES - Western Connecticut 2/1:30; UMass Dartmouth 1/0:30.
MAN-UP OPPORTUNITIES - Western Connecticut 0-1; UMass Dartmouth 0-2.

FACEOFFS - Western Connecticut 8-14; UMass Dartmouth 6-14.

CLEARS - Western Connecticut 15-18; UMass Dartmouth 18-21.

GOALIES - WCSUML: Tyler Martone 5-3 (60:00 minutes, 25 shots-16 saves,
9 GA); UMDML: Nick Thayer 5-1 (60:00, 13-12, 1).