Eastern Connecticut vs. Umass-dartmouth
May 4, 2002
The Game Story:
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. -- The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team limited the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth to one goal over the first 46 minutes to win its second straight Litle East Conference tournament title with a 16-2 win in the championship match Saturday at Thomas Nevers Field.

Top-seeded Eastern (13-2), a winner of nine straight, has won all 16 of its conference matches in the two-year history of LEC menÔ^└^┘s lacrosse play. Ranked 17th nationally and third in New England, Eastern outscored its two tournament opponents 33-5. The win was the 30th straight for Eastern on its home field since 1998 and 46th in 48 tries all-time.

Junior attack Marc DiGiovanni (WILTON) had ten goals, five assists and ten ground balls in two matches and was named the tournamentÔ^└^┘s Most Outstanding Player. In the 17-3 semifinal win over Massachusetts Boston, DiGiovanni scored five of his six goals and had two of his three assists in the first half to help stake the Warriors to an 11-2 halftime lead. Against third-seeded UMass Dartmouth (9-7), DiGiovanni scored three of his four goals and one of his two assists in the first period to spark the Warriors to a quick 5-1 lead after 15 minutes of play.

Eleven players had a goal or assist against UMass Dartmouth. Junior goalie Mark Hayes (FAIRFIELD) won his 28th match in 32 decisions. He made five saves and allowed one goal over the first 41 minutes.

Eastern is expected to receive its fourth straight post-season tournament bid when the announcements are made Monday.