Warriors improve LEC record to 55-3 with 15-6 win over UMass Dartmouth
MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team led by five goals as the second quarter unfolded, and killed eight of nine of Massachusetts Dartmouth's extra-man opportunities in a 15-6 Little East Conference victory Tuesday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
At left: Donald Berube
The win snaps a two-game losing streak for Eastern (8-4, 3-1 little east), which defeated UMass (6-7, 2-2 little east) for the 14th time in this 14-game series. Eastern's win, coupled with Western Connecticut's 6-5 loss to visiting Salem State College Tuesday, pulls the Warriors into a two-way tie for second place in the conference with the Colonials. Keene State College won its fourth conference game without a loss with a 20-7 victory at Massachusetts Boston.
Now 55-3 in ten years of LEC regular-season competition, Eastern led 6-1 after sophomore midfielder Salieu Bolivar (Norwalk) scored an unassisted goal 13 seconds into the second quarter, and the visitors never got closer than four goals thereafter. The Warriors outscored UMass 7-3 in the second quarter - striking for six in a row in a span of just nine minutes.
Team scoring leader Grant Albertson (New Canaan), a first-year junior transfer -- equaled his personal best with a game-high five goals - scoring in his 12th consecutive game - and freshman goalie Donald Berube (Tewksbury, MA) turned back a career-high 16 minutes over the first 48 minutes.
Eastern's defense stopped UMass scoring leader Andrew Foster, giving up only two shots and one assist.
Leading 14-5 after three quarters, the Warriors were flaged for five penalties over the final 12 minutes, but were able to successfully kill three of UMass's four extra-man attempts.
Junior Eric Vasil (Southington) won 15 of 22 faceoffs and picked up a game-high ten ground balls for Eastern.
Eastern visits Massachusetts Boston Saturday at 1 p.m.