|UMass Dartmouth||University of Southern Maine|
DARTMOUTH, Mass. — Senior Keegan Smith (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) scored his fourth goal of the game with 32 seconds remaining in the first sudden-death overtime period to give the University of Southern Maine Huskies a 9-8 win over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs in a Little East Conference men’s lacrosse match Saturdayafternoon at Cressy Field.
The victory snapped the Huskies’ two-game losing skid, and improved their record to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the conference. The win was the first for USM against UMass Dartmouth in 21 games dating back to 2001 when the series began. The Corsairs had their two-game winning streak snapped by the loss, falling to 3-8 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
With a second four-minute sudden-death overtime period looming, Smith was able to give the Huskies the victory with his career single-game high fourth marker.
Smith led the Huskies with four goals and had five ground balls. Sophomore Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass.) had two goals and one assist. Junior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) registered 14 saves to earn his fifth win of the season.
Rookie Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) led the Corsairs scoring four goals and dishing off an assist for five points. Senior Sean Peters (Medway, Mass.) added a pair of goals. Senior goalie Matt LaFond (Bridgewater, Mass.) had 11 saves.
Down 6-5 at the halftime break, USM scored the only goal of the third quarter to tie the game. Smith beat LaFond for an unassisted goal with 26 seconds remaining in the period.
Smith scored again in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to give the Huskies a 7-6 lead. Junior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass.) equalized for the Corsairs six minutes later, and Prozinski gave UMD an 8-7 lead with 5:47 to play. USM junior Drew Shane (Casco, Maine/Lake Region) converted a feed from junior Nate DelGiudice (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) with 2:48 remaining in regulation to force the game into the extra session.
UMass Dartmouth held a 42-36 advantage in shots and won 12 of 20 faceoffs in the game while USM won the ground ball battle 45-35. Bessette led the Huskies with eight ground balls.