BOSTON, Mass. -- Junior Mike Rizzo (Bridgewater, Mass.) notched a hat trick to lead UMass Dartmouth to a 10-6 non-league college men’s lacrosse victory over Emerson Wednesday evening at Rotch Field.
The visiting Corsairs (4-3) overcame a one-goal deficit early in the second quarter on the strength of three unanswered tallies from Rizzo, junior Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) and sophomore Tim Jordan (Sandwich, Mass.) in a 2:40 span to take a 5-3 advantage at the break, but the host Lions (1-8) crept back to within a goal on freshman Skyler Celotto’s (Westport, Conn.) man-up marker with just over four minutes to play in the third stanza. Rizzo helped UMass Dartmouth ice its triumph with another three-goal run, as he tallied twice before Prozinski’s marker 52 seconds into the final frame gave the visitors their largest lead of the night (9-5). Celotto and Corsair freshman Kevin Swenson (Ipswich, Mass.) traded scores in the final 13:25 of action to account for the final margin.
Prozinski added a pair of assists to his goal output to finish with a four-point night in the win for UMass Dartmouth, which received two tallies from and a helper from Swenson along with a pair of goals from Jordan. Freshman Zak Wirsen (Bourne, Mass.) accounted for the Corsairs’ other marker of the contest, as the visitors held a 43-30 advantage in total shots that included a 24-13 edge in shots on goal.
Celotto accounted for all but one of Emerson’s goals in the setback, as the Lions received a tally from senior Jared Brush (Detroit, Mich.) along with a pair of helpers off the stick of senior Marshall Tate (Taunton, Mass.). Junior Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass.) picked up the win in goal with a seven-save effort for UMass Dartmouth, while freshman Malcolm McGrath (Ridgefield, Conn.) made 14 stops in net for Emerson as the Lions won 11 of 20 faceoffs and held a 32-24 edge in ground balls on the night.
UMass Dartmouth heads to Keene, N.H. on Saturday afternoon to take on Keene State in a Little East Conference clash beginning at 3:00 pm, while Emerson heads to Springfield, Mass. on Saturday afternoon to square off with Springfield in a New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference match that begins at 1:00 pm.
(Photo Credit: Lyrik Gelmete '21)