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Southern Maine Falls to UMass Dartmouth on Senior Day 10-6

USM honored its 10 seniors prior to the start of Saturday's game with UMD.
USM honored its 10 seniors prior to the start of Saturday's game with UMD.

Southern Maine Falls to UMass Dartmouth 10-6

            GORHAM, Maine -- The visiting University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsairs outscored the University of Southern Maine Huskies 3-0 in the opening quarter and never looked back to take a 10-6 Little East Conference win Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Hannaford Field.

            The loss snapped the Huskies three-game winning streak and left them with a 6-7 overall mark and a 3-2 record in the conference.  The Corsairs snapped a four-game losing skid, including a pair on one-goal losses, with the win and improve to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in LEC play.

            Sophomore Donovan Prozinski (Ashland, Mass.) led the Corsairs' attack with three goals and two assists for five points.  Classmate Tom Donahue (Gloucester, Mass.) had four points on two goals and two assists, and senior Jordan Torres (New Bedford, Mass./ Greater New Bedford RVT) chipped in two goals.  Sophomore goalie Ted McCaffery (Pepperell, Mass./Bishop Guertin) made 10 saves to pick up his second win in four decisions.

            Senior Seth Wing (West Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner Area) scored twice for USM.  Classmate Nate DelGiudice (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) had a goal and an assist.  Senior goalie Zach Bessette (Readfield, Maine/Maranacook) stopped 10 shots.

            Prozinski scored the first two goals of the game, and Torres added a third in the opening quarter to give UMD a 3-0 lead.

            Donahue's first goal of the game opened the scoring in the second quarter.  USM rookie Cam Thibault (Scarborough, Maine) put the Huskies on the board at 11:00, and sophomore Tyler Sproul (Chelsea, Maine/Cony) tallied a goal at 7:57 to move USM back within two (4-2).

            UMD senior Dean Miller (Ashland, Maine) and Donahue sandwiched a USM man-up goal from junior Paul Leonardo (Groton, Mass./Groton-Dunstable) over the final six minutes to make it 6-3 at halftime.

            The Corsairs scored the only two goals in the third period, and added the first two in the fourth to push their lead up to 10-3.  A late USM surge, sparked by Wing's two goals, closed the gap, but the surge ran out of gas and the Corsairs were able to close out the win.

            UMD had a 33-27 edge in shots and held a 27-25 margin in the battle for ground balls.

            Southern Maine will play its final home game of the regular season this Tuesday (4 p.m.) when it hosts Plymouth State University.  UMass Dartmouth travels to Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday (5 p.m.).

 

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