UMass Dartmouth Squeaks by Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine -- Juniors Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, Mass.) and Justin Lawless (Quincy, Mass./Archbishop Williams) combined to score five goals as the Massachusetts-Dartmouth Corsairs edged the Southern Maine Huskies 9-8 in a Little East Conference match-up at Hannaford Field Saturday afternoon.

The Corsairs improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play as they sit atop the LEC standings. The Huskies drop to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

MacPherson tallied a hat trick, including a goal assisted by Lawless that tied the score, 6-6, with 13:26 remaining in the third quarter. Lawless scored two goals and dished out another assist for a game-high four points to help put the Corsairs back on the winning track after losing their first game of the year to Connecticut College on Tuesday.

Junior Adam Niden (Walpole, Mass.), sophomore Dennis Healey (Hanover, Mass.), and freshmen Alex Lucas (Brookfield, Mass./Tantasqua) and Nicklaus Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) also scored goals for UMass Dartmouth. Junior Steve Tarpey (Worcester, Mass/Shrewsbury) picked up a game-high seven groundballs for the Corsairs.

Senior Mark White (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) led Southern Maine with three goals on the day. Senior Kyle Baker (Kennebunk, Maine) had two goals, and seniors Kayle Hamilton (Buxton, Maine/Bonny Eagle) and Mike Orlando (Hanover, Mass.), and sophomore Dan St. Peter (Windham, Maine), scored one goal apiece for the Huskies. Senior Chris Roop (Gorham, Maine) had four groundballs for Southern Maine.

UMD junior goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, Mass.) earned the win making 15 saves. Thayer improves to 7-1 on the year. USM senior Ryan Hatch (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), who stopped eight UMass Dartmouth shots, was tagged with the loss and drops to 4-4 on the season.

After the teams traded goals in the opening three minutes, UMass Dartmouth got goals from Prozinski at 11:23 and MacPherson at 6:42 to take a 3-1 lead.

The Huskies then scored four unanswered goals in the following 4:21 to take a 5-3 into the second period. White, Orlando, Baker and St. Peter scored goals during the run.

UMass Dartmouth fought back and scored the only two goals of the second period to tie the score, 5-5, heading into the half. Lawless took a pass from Prozinski and scored a man-up goal to cut the Southern Maine lead to 5-4 at 10:23, and Lucas tied it up at five on an unassisted goal with 5:52 remaining in the period.

The Huskies wasted no time regaining the lead as White scored his second goal of the game, a man-up goal 28 seconds into the third period off an assist from senior Ryan Foley (Cape Elizabeth, Maine). The Corsairs answered just over a minute later when MacPherson scored his goal to tie the score, 6-6. Healy and Niden then rattled off goals at 7:54 and 4:16 to increase the Corsairs lead to 8-6.

White scored a big goal for the Huskies to cut the Corsairs' lead to 8-7 with 1:33 remaining in the third period, but MacPherson completed his hat trick 2:36 into the fourth to put UMD up two again, 9-7.

Baker scored an unassisted goal with 3:11 remaining in the game to pull the Huskies within one again. The Huskies had a couple chances late with St. Peter hitting the left post in the final minute.

The Huskies return to action when they travel to Colby College for a non-conference game at Bill Alfond Field on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.). UMass Dartmouth will host Massachusetts Maritime Academy in a non-conference game Wednesday (7:00 p.m.).


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