Eastern Connecticut vs. Umass-boston
May 3, 2002
The Game Story:
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The third-seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth menÔ^└^┘s lacrosse team scored eight extra-man goals on ten opportunies in in the first half to snap second-seeded Keene State CollegeÔ^└^┘s 11-game winning streak, 14-7 in the semifinal round of the 2002 Little East Conference tournament at Thomas Nevers Field Friday.

The Corsairs (9-6) advance to the championship match Saturday at 1 p.m. against top-seeded and host Eastern Connecticut State Univeristy (12-2). Defending tournament champion Eastern, ranked 17th nationally, won its 15th straight conference match over a two-year span with a 17-3 win over fourth-seeded Massachusetts Boston (8-6) in FridayÔ^└^┘s second semifinal-round match.

UMass Dartmouth, beaten 9-8 by Keene State during the regular season, capitalized on its final two extra-man opportunies in the first period, then scored on its first five of the second period to move out to an 8-2 lead five minutes before the half. Senior attack Jim Ruggeri, freshman attack Ben Bradley and sophomore attack Jeff McKeen each had two extra-man goals in that stretch.

Keene scored the first goal of the fourth period to pull to within 10-6, but UMass sophomore midfielder Joe Mirisola answered with three goals in eight minutes to push the lead back to six, 13-7, with four minutes left.

Eastern, which won all six of its regular-season conference matches this year, won its eighth straight match overall this year by downing the Beacons for the second time this year. Junior attack Marc DiGiovanni (WILTON) had a career-high six goals and career-high nine points for the Warriors, who got a goal or assist from 12 different players. DiGiovanniÔ^└^┘s point total is just one shy of the program match record. The three assists ties his career-high.

Easterrn defeated UMass Dartmouth 20-3 when the teams met March 30 at North Dartmouth, MA.