Men's Lacrosse: Nine Goal Blitz Helps Eagles Grab First Win Over UMF, 14-12

Stephen Choate picked up eight groundballs and helped halt three late UMF offensive charges in the final moments of Monday's victory.

Nashua, N.H. – After falling behind 4-1 in the first quarter and 10-5 early on in the third, host Daniel Webster rattled off nine straight goals and held on for a 14-12 victory over Maine-Farmington to grab their first victory of the season Monday at Eagle Field.

Rookie David Downie (Merrimack, N.H.) racked up a career-high eight goals and two assists and Dan Knupfer (Corfu, N.Y.) added two goals and three assists as DWC moved to 1-7 overall. Downie's eight goal outburst was the highest single game goals output for an Eagle since the 2010 season.

Anthony Cotoni (Groton, Mass.) chipped in with two goals and an assist and picked up a game-high nine groundballs while Andrew Sousa netted a goal and two assists. Sean Hamilton posted a solo score.

Stephen Choate (Nashua, N.H.) played well defensively for the winners picking up eight groundballs while James Bushey (Hamden, Conn.) posted seven first half saves in goal and Curtis Larade (Merrimack) came on to pick up the victory in the second half turning away nine UMF shots.

TC Peters (Scarborough, Maine) led the Beavers (1-5) with four goals and two assists and pulled in eight groundballs. Brandon Melville (Farmington, Maine) followed with two goals and three assists while Michael Keim (Veazie, Maine) netted two scores.  Jake Linkletter (Athens, Maine), Sean Berce (Auburn, Maine), Nathan Chase (Wells, Maine) and Casey Wrigley (Oakland, Maine) picked up solo scores.

Ben Altmaier (Wilton, Maine) punished with 15 saves in the UMF net.

The game saw large momentum swings as UMF raced to a 3-1 lead in the opening 4:48 and upped it to 4-1 before DWC chipped away with a Sousa goal before the end of the first and Downie followed with two straight to tie it at four with 7:33 left in the second.

The teams traded scores for a 5-5 game before the Beavers looked to take control netting the final three before the half for an 8-5 lead at the break. After Linkletter and Wrigley opened the third with goals 2:12 apart, the Beavers led 10-5.

But DWC, which had gone cold offensively, heated up quickly and decisively.

Knupfer and Downie sparked the rally, involving themselves in the next seven goals - either scoring or assisting - with Knupfer netting two and setting up Downie for four while Downie returned the favor assisting on Knupfer's first and added a nifty feed to Cotoni, who got in on the act with 1:58 to go in the third to give DWC's its first lead at 11-10 which followed to the end of the period.

Downie picked up his seventh of the day off a Sousa feed 2:11 into the fourth and Hamilton followed with an unassisted strike just 35 ticks later for a 13-10 game.

Downie completed the blitz with 5:15 remaining off another Sousa feed and the nine-goal barrage ended with a 14-10 DWC lead.

UMF mustered a response to tighten things over the final minutes as Melville cut it to 14-11 with 4:42 left and Keim converted an extra man opportunity with 1:23 to go but DWC closed the door over the final minute keyed by three groundballs from Choate.

DWC was outshot overall by UMF 48-39 but finished with a 29-28 advantage on goal, and added key wins in groundballs (39-28), clears (23-17) and face-offs (13-11).

The Eagles return to action on Wednesday visiting Rivier at Raider Field in a GNAC contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.


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