Men’s soccer is defeated by UMass, losing the first place title
Nate Rickard, Staff Writer
October 6, 2011
Filed under Sports
Le Moyne faced off against UMass-Lowell on Saturday in a battle for first place. The Dolphins entered the match tied with the River Hawks for the top spot in the Northeast-10 Conference. The loss, Le Moyne’s first at home, dropped the Dolphins back in the NE-10, and gave the River Hawks their fourth win in a row along with the number one spot in the conference.
In the first 45 minutes both defenses suffocated the offense as neither team could pressure the other. Both teams tallied just three shots each. The best opportunity for the Dolphins in the first half came from senior midfielder Jesse Carr. With UMass goalie Chris Maierle out of position after coming out of the net to challenge the ball, Carr was left with an open net and launched a shot, only to be stopped by River Hawk defender Michael Ntori at the goal line.
With the second half just 10 minutes in, the game turned on a goal by Mohammed Saeed that put UMass Lowell up 1-0. After Le Moyne had cleared the ball, UMass midfielder Bruno Bonicontro took a pass into the left corner of the field and crossed it to Saeed. Saeed buried the ball with a half volley in the back of the net from 20 yards out, just beating Dolphin goalkeeper Matt Silva.
A new fire under Le Moyne, the Dolphins came on strong in the final 22 minutes. Sophomores Zachary MacNabb and Michael Spadine just missed scoring, as both players had shots narrowly sail over the crossbar. It was then in the 90th minute that Carr saw another scoring opportunity evade. Carr sent a shot in from 16 yards out. The shot was deflected by a UMass defender and on the rebound MacNabb rocketed a shot that went off the goalpost.
The Dolphins outshot the River Hawks 11-8 and took 10 of the games 13 corner kicks. Silva recorded three saves in the contest. Heading into the game, Le Moyne had won the previous three games against UMass-Lowell. The ‘Phins’ next soccer game will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 12 p.m. at Bentley.