DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- With the Little East Conference season headed toward the final weekend of regular-season play, the Eastern Connecticut State University and Massachusetts Dartmouth men's lacrosse teams – separated by a half-game and scuffling to qualify for next week's conference playoffs -- had plenty to gain with a win and also something to lose Tuesday night.
With its 11-6 victory – its second over Eastern (5-8, 2-4 LEC) in three years at Cressy Field -- UMass (7-8, 4-3 LEC) moves into sole possession of fourth place in the conference with one LEC game remaining, grabbing the second and final position for a first-round home match Tuesday. With two LEC regular-season matches remaining, Eastern holds to the sixth and final playoff berth. Unofficially, one Eastern win gives the Warriors no worse than a share of sixth place in the final standings and the tie-breaker over UMass Boston.
Unofficially, Eastern can sew up a playoff berth Friday with a win at Salem State University (1-6 LEC) or a victory over visiting Plymouth State University in a noon makeup home game Sunday. Two Eastern losses and a UMass Boston loss Friday over Western Connecticut would unofficially create a four-way tie for sixth place.
Tuesday, junior Donovan Prozinski scored six goals and added an assist for seven points to lead UMass Dartmouth, which shut out Eastern after junior Jacob Testa (Southington) pulled the Warriors to within a goal midway through the third quarter.
Despite the loss, Eastern maintains a 24-3 lead in the all-time series.
Junior Ted McCaffery picked up his seventh win of the year in goal with a nine-save effort for UMass Dartmouth, while junior Jack Farrell (Stratford) made 14 stops for Eastern Connecticut, which was outshot, 38-25.