UMass-Dartmouth Runs Past Nichols

DUDLEY, Mass. (Apr. 5) UMass-Dartmouth scored four third-period goals to break open the game en route to an 8-5 non-conference victory over Nichols Thursday evening on Vendetti Field. The Corsairs, led by three goals from Todd Davis (East Sandwich, Mass.) improve to 6-1 overall. Nichols, which received a season-high 21 saves from goalkeeper Scott Gray (Annapolis, Md.), dips to 3-6 on the year.

Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) added a goal and an assist for the Corsairs, which saw seven different players register at least a point. Connor Gaffney (Andover, Mass.) added a pair of assists.

Michael Bane (North Grafton, Mass.) led Nichols with a pair of goals and an assist, while Macaulay Gillis (Northborough, Mass.) chipped in with a goal and an assist.

The Corsairs took a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the opening quarter on goals less than two minutes apart from Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) and Davis, who potted a man-up tally from Adam Niden.

Nichols answered back in the final minute of the frame with two scores 37 seconds apart, first and end-to-end strike from Bane, followed by a corkscrew netfront attack from Gillis.

Steve Delahanty (Auburn, N.H.) gave the Bison their only lead of the game early in the second quarter by deflecting in a bouncing shot that made its way through traffic at the 12:20 mark, just after UMass-Dartmouth killed off a minute playing down two men. The Corsairs responded, however, using snappy passing to from Adam Niden to Davis to knot it up at 10:31 before Niden edged the visitors ahead with less than two minutes remaining in the half.

Bane gave Nichols momentum headed into halftime with an outside man-up tally from Gillis, but this was short-lived as the Corsairs returned from the break to net four goals in the third quarter to break open the game.

Davis got things going with his 16th of the season less than two minutes into the stanza before Gaffney connected with Justin Lawless (Quincy, Mass.) from behind the net at 10:33. Nichols fought off three man-down situations in the frame, but the Corsairs attacked late as Nick Brett (Loudon, N.H.) found the upper corner of the net with 2:34 left, and Alex Reposa (Shrewsbury, Mass.) finished off an Adam Niden pass with just a tenth of a second left in the quarter for an 8-4 lead.

Both teams regained composure in the fourth quarter after a combined twelve-and-a-half minutes of penalties and 12 man-up opportunities in the first three stanzas. Nichols held possession early, seeing Bane assist a Nicholas Kokich (Jackson, N.J.) score within the first two minutes, but that was as close as the Bison would get.

Gray made some highlight reel stops for the Bison, finishing with 11 in the final two quarters. Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) earned the win for the Corsairs with four saves.

The Corsairs held a 43-28 shot advantage in the game and maintained a 46-39 lead in groundballs. Nichols went 1 for 5 while man-up, and held UMass-Dartmouth to a 1 for 7 performance.

The Bison return to Commonwealth Coast Conference action on Saturday in a 3:00 p.m. game at University of New England. UMass-Dartmouth hosts Southern Maine Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in a Little East Conference game.

2012-04-05



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