Umass-dartmouth vs. Salem State
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team scored three early goals, raced to a 7-1 halftime lead, and defeated visiting Salem State, 13-6, in a non-conference game at Cressy Field Saturday afternoon.

Freshman midfielder Josh Arsenault (Revere, MA/Malden Catholic HS), junior midfielder Steve Colella (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) and sophomore attackman Andrew Foster (Newbury, MA/Danvers HS) scored to stake the Corsairs to a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Junior attackman Matt Leary (Framingham, MA/Framingham HS) made it 4-0 early in the second quarter before sophomore attackman Justin Jones (Danvers, MA/Bishop Fenwick) scored for the Vikings, but Leary, junior midfielder Matt Swirbalus (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) and sophomore midfielder Pat Kohout (Leeds, MA/Northampton HS) scored to make it 7-1 at halftime.

Leary scored his third goal of the game 3:17 into the third quarter to make it 8-1, then scored twice within 34 seconds near the end of the quarter to give UMass Dartmouth an 11-3 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter.

Leary led the Corsair attack with five goals and one assist, freshman attackman Tim Walsh (Medford, MA/Malden Catholic HS) added two goals and an assist and Foster finished with a goal and three assists. Freshman attackman Jonathan Falls (Seekonk, MA/Bishop Hendricken HS) led the Vikings with three goals and two assists, while Jones added two goals.

UMass Dartmouth out shot Salem State, 39-20. Senior goalkeeper Steve Chase (Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS) made eight saves for the Corsairs, and freshman Brendan Casey (Groveland, MA/Pentucket HS) added one while junior Keith Hardy (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) made 10 for SSC.

"We played very well, Matt Leary was sensational and Steve Chase had another strong game in the cage," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Kevin Mahoney. "Our better players are stepping up for us, which is good to see. Our midfielders and attackmen are playing well together, and we hope we can keep it going."

UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-1 with the victory, while the Vikings dropped to 5-2 with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Eastern Connecticut State next Thursday. SSC will visit Massachusetts Maritime Tuesday.