No. 1 seed scores first seven goals en route to 14-5 win over UMass Dart
MANSFIELD, Conn. -- The top-seeded Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team scored the first seven goals of the match, then traded goals with No. 4 seeded University of Massachusetts Dartmouth the rest of the way in 14-5 victory in the semifinals of the 2012 Little East Conference playoffs Thursday night at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex.
At left: Tyler Fresen
With its sixth straight win, Eastern (11-5) moves into the championship game for the 11th time in 12 seasons and will host No. 2 seed Keene State College (14-3) Saturday at the Mansfield Outdoor Complext at 1 p.m.
Two-time defending playoff champion Keene eliminated No. 6 seed Plymouth State University, 21-0, Thursday afternoon at Keene, NH. Eastern and Keene are meeting in the final for the fourth straight year, Eastern winning in 2009.
Senior attack Michael Sullinger (Brookfield) led Eastern with four goals and four assists, giving him 41 goals and 30 assists for a team-best 71 points this year. Senior attack Jeremy Cogliano (Bedford, MA) added three goals and two assists as the Warriors compiled a +16 advantage in shots. Senior goalie Jamie Tommins (Fairfield) gained the win in net by stopping eight shots over the first 52 minutes.
Junior faceoff specialist Josh Dubinsky (Woodstock) won 16 of 21 faceoffs against three UMass Dartmouth opponents and picked up ten ground balls.. Sophomore faceoff specialist Dan Bell of UMass Dartmouth was helped off the field with his team trailing 5-0 six minutes into action with a left leg injury. He did not return.
In its 7-0 scoring spree over the first eight minutes, Sullinger had two goals and two assists, sophomore midfielder Mike Devine (Cheshire) two goals and sophomore midfielder Tyler Fresen (Newington) a goal and two assists. The Warriors capitalized by scoring on three of five extra-man tries and by commiting only two penalties, allowed the Corsairs just two man-up situations (both failed).
Senior defenseman Tommy Flynn (Mineola, NY) led Eastern with six ground balls, sophomore defenseman Chris Brown (Cohasset, MA) and junior long stick Jordan Munsell (Waterford) picking up four.
Eastern improved to 3-0 against the Corsairs in LEC playoff contests. Last year, the Warriors eliminated UMass in the first round, 14-8 at North Dartmouth, MA after the Corsairs had beaten Eastern for the first time in in 15 matches during the regular season, 10-9.