Umass-boston vs. Mass Maritime
April 23, 2009
The Game Story:
BOSTON, MA - Junior attackman Connor Burke (Del Mar, CA) netted three goals, including the game-winner with under two minutes left to lead the Massachusetts Maritime Academy men's lacrosse team over host University of Massachusetts Boston, 11-10, today at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons fall to 2-11 overall, while the Buccaneers improve to 7-6.

Burke gave Mass Maritime an 11-10 edge with 1:56 left to play in the game on an unassisted tally.

UMass Boston owned a 10-8 margin, but Burke netted an unassisted goal with 5:37 left in the fourth quarter and sophomore midfielder Craig Nichols (Marshfield, MA) took a feed from sophomore middie Michael Lambros (Forestdale, MA) and found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season to knot the contest at 10-10 with 3:16 showing in the final quarter.

The Beacons got on the board first when senior attackman Peter Kovach (Cohasset, MA) found junior midfielder Al Craven (Milton, MA) at the 8:30 mark of the opening quarter for a 1-0 edge, but freshman midfielder Will Doucette (Manchester, MA) found the back of the net for the Buccaneers at 6:48 and Burke scored on a man-up goal at the 3:08 mark of the first period to give the visitors a 2-1 margin. UMass Boston got the equalizer on a goal from Kovach with just 21 ticks left in the quarter to make it 2-2. Massachusetts Maritime senior attackman Kevin Schultz (Crofton, MD) traded goals with Beacons' sophomore middie John Canty (Milton, MA) for a 3-3 score, before the Buccaneers netted three unanswered goals over the final seven minutes of the first half. Schultz scored with seven minutes left and sophomore midfielder Ryan Linn (Bourne, MA) netted the final two goals at the two-minute mark and with 39 seconds left in the second quarter to give Massachusetts Maritime a 6-3 advantage.

The Beacons took advantage of a trio of Buccaneers' penalties with three straight man-up tallies to begin the third quarter. Freshman midfielder Eric Collins (Somerville, MA) scored just 59 seconds into the second half, while Craven found the twine at 9:59 and Canty scored just 66 seconds later to tie the contest at 6-6 for UMass Boston. Sophomore middie Jack Bickley (Wilbraham, MA) reclaimed the lead for Massachusetts Maritime with his 17th goal of the season coming at 4:50 of the third quarter on a deflected shot, but Canty answered less than a minute later at 3:53 to retie the score at 7-7 and give the Beacons the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a man-up score with 38 seconds left in the period. Schultz pulled the Buccaneers even at 8-8 with his 14th goal of the campaign at 12:45 of the final quarter. Junior attackman Aaron Pollock (Belmont, MA) and Kovach scored within 47 seconds of each other at 8:38 and 7:51, respectively, of the fourth period to give UMass Boston a 10-8 lead, before Massachusetts Maritime scored the game's final three goals.

Schultz and Burke both netted three goals and added an assist, while Burke added three ground balls for the Buccaneers. Linn contributed with a pair of goals, an assist and five ground balls. Junior attackman Brian Burke (Del Mar, CA) scooped up a team-high seven ground balls as well. Canty finished the day with a season-best six points on a game-high four goals and two assists to lead the Beacons to go with five ground balls, while Kovach racked up five points on two goals and three assists and added four ground balls. Craven recorded three points on two goals and an assist in addition to three ground balls and senior defender Matt Dunn (Milton, MA) picked up a team-high seven ground balls, while playing in his 57th career game to tie for 10th on the UMass Boston career list.

Junior goalie James Hitchings (Dover, MA) stopped five of 13 shots in the first three quarters for Massachusetts Maritime, before senior Alex Deveaux (Northboro, MA) turned away two of four shots he faced in the final quarter to earn the victory. Freshman Anthony Fitti (Havertown, PA) made 15 saves for the Beacons.

UMass Boston will be in action again on Saturday, April 25 when it travels to Plymouth, NH for a Little East Conference match at Plymouth State University at 1:00 p.m. in its final game of the season, while the Buccaneers travel to Northfield, VT to take on Norwich University on April 25 at 1:00 p.m.