UMass Dartmouth Defeats Southern Maine in LEC Playoffs

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Rookie Riley Baxter (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) and sophomore Justin Lawless (Quincy, Mass./Archbishop Williams) each scored four goals as fourth-seeded Massachusetts Dartmouth defeated fifth-seeded Southern Maine 11-6 Tuesday evening in a first-round game of the 2012 Little East tournament.

The win moves the Corsairs into a semifinal round game against top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University on Thursday (7:00 p.m.). The Corsairs improved their overall record to 10-5. The Huskies finished the season 6-10.

Seniors Dan Thomas (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Nate Prince (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) and Jeremy Parmley (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) accounted for the Huskies' six goals. Thomas led the way with three scores. Prince added two goals, and Parmley had one. Junior goalie Kyle Dussault (Lewiston, Maine) recorded nine saves.

Leading by a goal at halftime, the Corsairs outscored the Huskies 3-0 in the third quarter to take an 8-4 lead. Baxter beat Dussault for his 20th goal of the season early in the period. Sophomore Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.) and Lawless scored 17 seconds apart late in the quarter to push the Corsairs' lead to four.

After Lawless' goal, the sides battled through nearly 13 minutes without a score until Lawless found the net with 5:52 to play. Thomas broke the string of UMD goals 39 seconds later to cut the margin to 9-5. Baxter and Lawless put the game away with goals seven seconds apart with less than two minutes remaining.

In the first half, UMD had a run of four consecutive goals to build a 5-1 advantage by the midway point of the second quarter. Prince (2g) and Thomas (1g) pulled the Huskies within one before the intermission.

UMD sophomore goalie Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) was credited with seven saves.


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