BOSTON, Mass. – Led by senior Tyler Fresen's (Newington) five-point performance, the Eastern Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team remained undefeated in 21 meetings in the all-time series with the University of Massachusetts Boston with a 13-6 Little East Conference decision Saturday afternoon at Boston College High School.
At right: Tyler Fresen
The team leader in assists and ranked fourth all-time in that category, Fresen paced Eastern (6-4, 2-0 Little East) with two assists and three goals, while senior All-America Mike Devine (Cheshire) had three goals and one assist. UMass Boston's (6-5, 1-1 Little East) three-game win streak come to an end. Eight different players combined on Eastern's goals and ten chipped in a point.
The Warriors dominated the action from start to finish, scoring at-least two goals in every quarter. The first quarter proved to be the deciding one for the Warriors as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead. They tacked on three more goals in the second and third quarters, before closing out the contest with a pair in the fourth.
Eastern got on the scoreboard early in the first quarter scoring a pair of markers in the first three minutes of play to take an early 2-0 lead. The Beacons made it a one-goal game on Tangherlini's first career tally at 9:15. Eastern responded with four unanswered goals to make it 6-1, with two of the scores coming from Devine.
Powers then made it a four-goal game at the 9:18 mark of the second quarter off of a great pass from Donny Delpha. After five scoreless minutes, Fresen would score the final two goals of the half to push the Warriors lead back to six.
After the break, the Beacons got on the board first with Michael Durocher tallying his first career goal six minutes into the third. Unfortunately, the Warriors would once again respond with a run of their own scoring three straight, two from sophomore Nick Carisio (Cheshire) to stay in total control of the contest.
In the fourth, the Beacons outscored the Warriors three goals to two, but their late push proved too little too late. Tangherlini started off the final 15 minutes of play with his second career goal. After an Eastern score, Powers and Nick Weiss closed out the afternoon for the Beacons with their 25th and 10th goals respectively. Senior Mike Gillotti (Danbury) secured the victory in the closing minute of play on a man-up tally.
Sophomore Blake Smaldone (Hamilton, MA) earned his fifth win after totaling five saves over the first 30 minutes, with all four Eastern goalies seeing time. Eastern held a 43-27 advantage in shots and a 35-27 advantage in groundballs. Freshman Quincy Pecora (North Haven) won ten of 14 faceoffs to lead the Warriors to a 13-9 advantage in that category. Senior long stick Mike Fanning (Norwell, MA) and senior defenseman Chris Brown (Cohasset, MA) each had five ground balls and Eastern's man-down unit stopped all four of the Beacons' extra-man bids.
Eastern hosts Keene State College Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Mansfield Outdoor Complex. The game is a re-match of last year's LEC playoff championship game, won by Eastern at Keene.