UMass Dartmouth Pulls Away from Southern Maine

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Sophomore attack Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) scored three goals and dished out three assists to help the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs defeat the University of Southern Maine Huskies 14-5 in a Little East Conference match Saturday afternoon.

The Corsairs won their sixth straight game to improve to 7-1 overall. They are unbeaten in LEC play after two games. The Huskies dropped their fifth straight game to slip to 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Niden was supported by seniors Christian Roberto (Wakefield, Mass.) who had three goals, and Nick Brett (Loudon, N.H.) who scored two goals and passed out one assist. Freshman Connor Gaffney (Dartmouth, Mass.) chipped in a goal and two assists. Sophomore goalie Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) registered 13 stops in the 52:12 of action before giving way to classmate Jesse Johnson (Pembroke, Mass.). Johnson had one save over the final 7:48.

Sophomore Dylan Kenney (Portland, Maine) led the Huskies scoring two goals. Junior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario) had a goal and an assist. Junior goalies Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) and Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) split the duty in the USM cage. Dussault played the opening half making four saves. Hatch played the second half stopping three shots.

The teams played to a 1-1 stalemate in the opening 15 minutes. Junior Steve Ribero (Londonderry, N.H.) gave USM its only lead of the day scoring the first goal of the game, assisted by junior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), with 5:25 to go. Sophomore Todd Davis (East Sandwich, Mass.) equalized off an assist from Niden with 1:28 to go.

The Corsairs began a run of seven straight goals over the second and third periods when Gaffney and Roberto scored 56 seconds apart to make it 5-2 two minutes before halftime.

The third quarter belong to Corsairs as they found the net five time to increase their advantage to 10-2. Roberto scored just over two minutes into the quarter. Rookie Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass.) and Niden tallied goals 15 seconds apart to push the lead to 8-2. Brett and Niden would score before the end of the quarter to give the hosts a comfortable eight-goal lead heading into the final quarter.

Southern Maine will host Colby College in a non-conference match on Wednesday (4:00 p.m.) at Hannaford Field. UMass Dartmouth will travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.).


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