The UMass Lowell men’s lacrosse team won its first game of the 2016 season on Saturday afternoon with a 12-9 victory over Jacksonville University from Cushing Field Complex for the team’s first ever home win.
The Riverhawks, now 1-4 on the season, kept the game tied 3-3 going into the second quarter. Sam Klingsporn, who leads the team with 14 goals, got the Riverhawks on the board to tie the game at one early on. Austin Lane, a freshman attackman, led the team with three goals in the contest, and he gave Lowell its first lead of the game, 4-3, in the second quarter.
Matthew Balter also scored two goals to double his output on the season. Keenan Koswin and Eric Robbins also scored twice in the game. At the half, UMass Lowell led 7-4 and extended it to 9-5 midway through the third quarter. The Riverhawks would trade goals with the Dolphins the rest of the way, but would not relinquish the lead.
Mitchell Parker led the way for the Dolphins with five goals on the afternoon, including the last of the game with seconds remaining, but it was not enough. Grant Lardieri, the freshman starting goaltender, made nine saves in what was his first career win.
The Riverhawks dominated the contest late, leading 46-30 in the shots department and causing nine turnovers to just three from Jacksonville. Interestingly, Jacksonville dominated at the faceoff dot, with Hunter Forbes winning 20 to just three wins from Lowell’s Michael Rouskas and two from Will Puduski.
Lowell has played tough from the get-go this season, leading the #20 ranked Boston University Terriers for a while in the first game of the season before giving up the lead in the second half. After a tough loss to Yale, one of the top teams in the country, the Riverhawks lost on the road to Siena, before a difficult 12-10 loss at Fairfield.
Klingsporn has emerged as a top scorer for the Riverhawks with 14 points this season, all of them goals. Jon Philips, one of the team’s leading scorers from last year, has been held scoreless in 2016 after dealing with injuries, and he did not play in this game.
Next Saturday the Riverhawks will return to action at 1 p.m. against the Manhattan Jaspers. Manhattan is 0-5 on the season after a 16-4 loss to Hartford on Saturday.