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FAST STARTS PROPEL EASTERN MEN'S LACROSSE OVER UMB, 15-7

Warriors get out quickly in first and second halves in Little East victory

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LEClogo-1WEB.jpgBOSTON --  The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team used fast starts  to open the first and second halves on the way to a 15-7 Little East Conference victory over the University of Massachusetts Boston Saturday afternoon.

At right: Brian Fechtmann

The win is the second straight - both in conference play - for Eastern (9-4, 4-1 little east) and 17th without a loss all-time against UMass Boston (4-9, 0-5 little east). The victory allows Eastern to remain a game behind conference leader Keene State College, which disposed of visiting Western Connecticut State University Saturday. Eastern and Western had begun the day tied for second in the conference.

The Warriors scored the first four goals of the match - two by junior attack Brian Fechtmann (Levittown, NY) and rolled up a 6-1 lead after one quarter. Leading 7-3 at the half, Eastern got out of the gates quickly in the second half, with senior attack Vinny Tornatore (Norwalk) scoring two of the team's first three goals to push Eastern's lead to 10-3.

Now 56-3 in ten years of regular-season conference competition, Eastern was successful on all but four of its 39 clears, scored three extra-man goals and more than doubled UMass Boston's shot total.

Junior faceoff specialist Eric Vasil (Southington) won 20 of 22 faceoffs and scooped up 18 of the team's 35 ground balls. Ranked first nationally in ground balls per game and second in faceoff percentage, Vasil averages 14.0 ground balls per game with a 74.3 faceoff percentage.

Freshman goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) made three first-half saves before giving way to sophomore Jamie Tommins (Fairfield), who shared  second-half  net responsibilities with freshmen Drew Deane (Vernon) and Kyle Davenport (Colchester).

Eastern hosts Western Connecticut Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on Seniors' Night.