MILTON, Mass. – Leading 13-6 after the third quarter, Curry College scored seven times in the final quarter en route to a 20-6 victory over UMass Boston on Sunday afternoon in non-conference men's lacrosse action.
The Colonels improved to 1-1 overall on the season while the Beacons slip to 0-2 overall.
Curry was led by a six-point day from junior Harrison Fallon (Wrentham, Mass.), who had four goals and two assists. Senior Devin Newell (Medford, Mass.) pitched in five points with a hat trick and two assists. Sophomore Matthew Scahill (Gales Ferry, Conn.) added a hat trick and one assist for four points while junior Cameron Nigro (Scarborough, Maine) registered a hat trick on the afternoon. Six other Colonels found the back of the net. Sophomore Clinton Wilson (Freehold, N.J.) grabbed a game-high six groundballs.
Curry opened the scoring on a 4-0 spurt behind two goals from Newell, and one apiece from Nigro and Scahill. UMass Boston then got on the scoreboard with just under two minutes left in the frame on an unassisted tally from freshman Michael Claflin (Newton, Mass.) to make the score 4-1 at the end of the first quarter.
The Colonels used another huge scoring streak, a 6-0 run that featured tallies from Newell, junior Andrew DeLeary (Wakefield, Mass.), junior Kyle Ton (Norwich, Conn.), Fallon, and Scahill to push the lead to 9-1. Junior Ned Parker (Stafford, Va.) put a stop to the Curry scoring run with a goal with 4:43 left in the second quarter. The helper on the goal was awarded to freshman Darragh Fahey (Walpole, Mass.) as the Beacons still trailed by seven, 9-2. Nigro and Scahill found the back of the net just seven seconds apart from one another while junior Cam Hladick (Natick, Mass.) registered the final goal of the half with 3:10 remaining. Despite the goal, Curry still led 12-3.
The Beacons began to chip away at the deficit in the third quarter. Stebbins opened the quarter for the Colonels with an unassisted marker 1:20 in. UMass Boston then used a 3-0 run, thanks to goals from sophomore Conor Lenfest (Waltham, Mass.), sophomore Jack O'Brien (East Longmeadow, Mass.), and Claflin to cut the deficit in half at 12-6 with 7:42 left in the stanza. Fallon added a man-up goal off an assist from Ton with 2:23 remaining to send the Colonels into the final quarter with a 13-6 advantage.
Curry then closed out the final quarter on a 7-0 run to increase the lead to 20-6, the eventual final. Fallon got things started with a man-up marker off a pass from Stebbins. Fallon then completed the hat trick just 12 seconds later on a goal coming off a feed from Wilson. Ton, Nigro, senior MJ Urbano (Wakefield, Mass.), senior Kyle Lussier (Topsham, Maine), and sophomore Samuel Nielsen (Fairfield, Conn.) all found the back of the net to give the Colonels the 13-goal victory.
Curry outshot the Pride at a 71-34 clip and also won the groundball battle by a 40-19 margin. Both teams were effective on clear attempts as the Colonels went 21-for-25 and UMass Boston went 20-for-21. Curry won 19 of the 28 faceoffs on the day as well, including an 11-for-13 effort by senior Dylan Cromwell (Fairhaven, Mass.).
Claflin led the Beacon attack with two goals and one assist while two other UMass Boston student-athletes registered multiple points. Lenfest and Parker each had a goal and an assist on the afternoon. Three others were able to record points in the contest. Senior Matt Murphy (Watertown, Mass.) picked up a team-high four groundballs while junior Robert Ranta (Newton, Mass.) had two caused-turnovers.
Curry freshman Bobby Cannan (Bernardsville, N.J.) picked up his first collegiate win, making 15 saves. Senior Cameron Dixson (Wayland, Mass.) was credited with the loss, converting 23 saves.
Curry will next travel to Trinity (Conn.) on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. UMass Boston returns home to host Husson on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.