March 10, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Four second-period goals by UMass-Dartmouth helped propel it to a 9-6 win over MIT in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday. Matt Leary and Andrew Foster each tallied four points for the Corsairs (1-0) while Brennan Sherry led the Engineers' (0-1) effort with three points.
MIT opened the scoring 5:01 into the contest when Jonathan Stolmeier found Tom Hay for the first goal of his career. UMass-Dartmouth evened the frame four minutes later on Foster's unassisted goal. The Corsairs took the lead for good with 2:36 left in the first period when Andrew Lewis connected on Leary's pass.
UMass-Dartmouth's pivotal run began at the 11:35 mark of the second stanza on Ryan Trexeler's goal that was set up by Matt Swirbalus. Foster recorded back-to-back assists in a span of 49 seconds with Steve Colella and Lewis posting the goals. With 1:27 remaining in the half, the Corsairs extended their lead to 6-1 on an extra-man goal by Leary that gave Mark Lapointe the assist.
Tyler Sorba connected on a feed from Brian Coffey that ended the Engineers' scoring drought five minutes into the third period. UMass-Dartmouth's advantage returned to five (7-2) at the 6:06 mark when Zach Eagan set up Leary for what proved to be the game-winning goal. MIT answered with Sherry scoring on a pass from Dylan Roden inside the three-minute mark. The Corsairs responded with a strike by Leary that gave Jeff Pelton an assist with 52 seconds on the clock.
The Engineers narrowed the margin to 8-4 on another Sherry-Roden connection after almost five minutes had expired in the final frame. Following six minutes of scoreless play, Sherry completed the hat-trick with an unassisted tally. UMass-Dartmouth's lone goal of the frame came when a pass from deep within MIT's offensive zone squirted through the midfield and was chased down by Foster who flipped the ball into the net. Tech capped the scoring with one minute to go on Sorba's extra-man goal that was set up by Jonathan Stolmeier.
In net, Zach Brewer collected 12 saves for MIT while Steve Chase made 16 stops for UMass-Dartmouth.
Both teams will host non-conference games next week. MIT will face Salve Regina University on Saturday, March 17 while UMass-Dartmouth will meet up with Curry College on Wednesday, March 14.