Umass-dartmouth vs. Eastern Connecticut
April 5, 2004
The Game Story:
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The Warriors successfully killed six penalties and scored two short-handed goals in a 16-3 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Monday at Cressy Field.

The win is the second conference one in as many days for Eastern (3-5, 2-0 little east), which opened its conference season at Cressy Field Sunday with a 14-2 win over the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Warriors have won all 25 conference regular-season and playoff matches in the four-year history of LEC men's lacrosse play.

Against UMass Dartmouth (2-3, 1-1), ten players contributed to the scoring, with senior attack Amir Loghmanieh (AMHERST, NY) and junior attack Brian Hebron (HICKSVILLE, NY) netting five points and senior attack Matt Kowalsky (NEWINGTON) four. Loghmanieh had four goals and Hebron and Kowalky three each.

Eastern's defense, which shut out UMass Boston in the first half Sunday, never allowed more than a goal in any quarter against UMass Dartmouth. The Warriors' special teams scored three extra-man goals and had two short-handed strikes and successfully killed six penalties -- five in the third quarter. Eastern opened the third quarter by killing a two-man UMass extra-man situation, pulling away in that quarter by scoring all six of the goals in the period to take a 13-2 lead into the final frame.

Eastern freshmen Mike Annunziato (NORWALK) and Patrick Bushnell (SOUTHINGTON) combined to win 13 of 22 faceoffs. The Warriors were also successful on 22 of 35 clears and had a 42-33 advantage in ground balls. Senior defensman Wesley Honstetter (LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY) and freshman attack Dave Carpenter (REDDING) each had five ground balls. Eastern outshot the Corsairs 37-19.

Freshman goalie Chris Harinsky (RONKONKOMA, NY) earned his third win in five decisions. Harinsky allowed just two goals over the first 38 minutes, making seven saves and leaving with a 12-2 lead.

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a conference match at Thomas Nevers Field.