|NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA (Mar. 31) - Sophomore midfielders Jordan MacPherson (Westwood, MA/Westwood HS) and Justin Lawless (Quincy, MA/Archbishop Williams HS) each scored twice to lead the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's lacrosse team to a 9-1 victory over visiting Western Connecticut State in the Little East Conference opener for both schools at Cressy Field Saturday.|
MacPherson and Lawless opened the scoring, with MacPherson converting as pass from sophomore midfielder Todd Davis (East Sandwich, MA/Sandwich HS) with 11:21 left in the first quarter and Lawless scoring unassisted less than a minute later. Freshman midfielder Riley Baxter (Groton, MA/Groton-Dunstable HS), MacPherson and sophomore attacker Adam Niden (Walpole, MA/Walpole HS) scored in the second quarter and the Corsairs took a 5-0 halftime lead.
Lawless, Davis and freshman attacker Connor Gaffney (Andover, MA/Andover HS) scored in the third quarter before senior midfielder Mike Schoen (Tolland, CT/Tolland HS) put the Colonials on the board with 18 seconds left in the third quarter. Senior midfielder Christian Roberto (Wakefield, MA/Malden Catholic HS) scored UMD's last goal in the fourth quarter.
The Corsairs outshot the Colonials, 38-24. UMass Dartmouth sophomore goalkeeper Nick Thayer (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) made 12 saves, while senior goalie Tyler Martone (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire HS) stopped 16 shots for the Colonials.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 5-1 and 1-0 in the Little East Conference with the victory, while Western Connecticut dropped to 5-3 and 0-1 in the LEC with the defeat. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Nichols Thursday. The Colonials will visit Trinity Tuesday.