CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A 7-1 run that spanned the third and fourth quarters helped propel UMass Dartmouth to a 10-4 victory over MIT in a non-conference men's lacrosse game on Tuesday night. Dan Piemont scored all four of the Engineers' goals while Stephen Espinola led the Corsairs' balanced attack with three goals.
After a scoreless first quarter, Josh Arsenault put UMass Dartmouth on the board with 9:04 left in the half. Paul Nunes increased the visitors' edge just over two minutes later with a man-up goal. Piemont responded with an extra-man tally of his own that was set-up by Nick Sisler late in the quarter.
With a man advantage early in the third frame, Adam Niden connected on a pass from Arsenault to make the score 3-1 in favor of the Corsairs. MIT countered with back-to-back goals from Piemont with Will Waste earning the assist on the equalizer at the 8:05 mark.
A minute later, Arsenault redirected a feed from Alex Reposa to give UMass Dartmouth the lead for good. A pair of solo efforts from Espinola increased the margin to 6-3, but Piemont buried a shot that was assisted by Alex Andrzejewski, keeping the hosts within striking distance.
The Corsairs' Nick Brett bookended the fourth-quarter scoring as Espinola and Niden posted unassisted goals.
Arsenault finished with two goals. an assist, and two caused turnovers while Brett and Niden both scored twice. Ryan Holbrook and Nunes totaled five groundballs apiece as Steve Tarpey notched three caused turnovers. Goalie Nick Thayer came away with 11 saves for the Corsairs.
UMass Dartmouth recorded a 47-20 advantage in shots and converted 15 of its 17 clearing attempts. MIT, meanwhile, won 13-of-18 faceoffs but committed 31 turnovers compared to 14 by the Corsairs.
Both squads will open up conference play on the road on Saturday, April 2. MIT (1-3) will travel to Pilgrim League foe Clark University while UMass Dartmouth (7-0) visits Little East Conference rival Keene State College.