DANBURY, CT – Sophomores Eric Caldwell (East Moriches, NY) and Ryan Reuling (Groton, CT) each tallied a pair of goals but it wasn't enough as the Western Connecticut State University men's lacrosse team fell to visiting Little East Conference foe UMass-Boston, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon at The Westside Athletic Complex. With the loss, the Colonials dropped to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in league play, while the Beacons improved to 5-5 and 1-1.
Despite a 2-for-6 showing on man-up opportunities, WestConn was outshot by a 43-31 margin. Faceoffs, ground balls and turnovers were just about even for the contest. Trailing 8-4 early in the fourth quarter, the Colonials answered with a spurt, cutting the lead to 8-6 with 10:07 remaining. However, the hosts committed a trio of penalties late and were unable to control possession.
"We showed great improvement on both sides of the field today. Our defense did a great job limiting their possessions but turnovers killed us. We're looking to refocus this week and get ready for next weekend," said Colonials head coach Ryan Cavanagh after the game.
WestConn jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage on scoring strikes from Caldwell and classmate midfielder Christian Sparacino (Manorville, NY). The Beacons battled back to seize a 3-2 lead. Sophomore attackman Ned Parker (Stafford, VA) ignited the barrage when he found the twine for the first of his game-high three goals for UMass-Boston.
With the count deadlocked at 4-4 midway through the third, the Beacons reeled off a four-goal run to pull ahead 8-4. Rookie midfielder Dalton Ring (Holliston, MA) rounded out the spurt with his second goal of the game. The Colonials clawed their way back into it but the aforementioned penalties and a tally from Beacon sophomore Josh Holmes (Weymouth, MA) with 57 seconds left put the game out of reach.
Rookie netminder Perry Cassidy (East Setauket, NY) was stellar in net, finishing with 15 saves and dropping to 3-6 on the season for WestConn, while freshman goalie Alex Fawcett (Londonderry, NH) notched eight stops, improving to 2-2 for UMB.
The Colonials have the week to regroup before they travel to LEC nemesis Southern Maine on Saturday at 2 p.m.