By Matt Noonan
Tyler Low had never been apart of a five-overtime contest, but that was the way his UMass Boston men’s lacrosse team commenced its 2016 season.
Against Rivier, the Beacons needed five extra sessions before Calvin Lee deposited the game-winner, which provided UMass Boston with its initial win of the season.
“That was definitely the longest game I have ever been apart of in any sport,” said Low, who is in his sixth season with the Beacons.
Since their dramatic win against the Raiders, UMass Boston has won four straight, including a pair of overtime victories against Wentworth (10-9) and Nichols (9-8).
UMass Boston’s five consecutive wins matched the program’s start from the 2005 season.
“The theme all preseason was to compete for as long as it took to win,” said Low. “Whether it is 60 minutes or 90 minutes, my team puts in the work at practice.”
In addition to a fast start, the Beacons have received 33 points from Lee thus far on 17 goals and 16 assists. Low believes the senior from Hopkinton, Massachusetts inspires his teammates to elevate their game.
“Calvin is a special player,” said Low. “I believe his toughness on the field is what sets him apart and helps (jumpstart our attack). His poise and ability to make the next play regardless of any in-game adversity we may face is a testament to the type of player and leader he is.”
Sophomores Matthew Duggan and Conor Smith have highlighted the team’s offensive output, combining for 20 goals and 12 assists. First-year Michael Lund is fourth on the team with seven points on five goals and two assists.
UMass Boston will look to keep its momentum going tomorrow when they visit Emerson College for a 1:00 p.m. face-off. Following their visit with the Lions, the Beacons will compete against a trio of non-conference squads before opening Little East Conference (LEC) play against the Owls of Keene State on Saturday, April 2.
Low is optimistic about this year’s non-conference slate – he believes every team his squad has or will face will prepare the unit for a conference title run.
“Our goal with our non-conference play is to give our team as much experience as possible in different game situations,” said Low. “The hope is (our non-conference games) will be experiences our team can fall back on later in the season.”
News and Notes from around New England: The Clark University men’s lacrosse team is off to its best start in program history, winning four straight contests. Will Mandracchia highlighted his team’s last outing against Cazenovia, registering eight points on four goals and four assists. Next up for the Cougars is a Wednesday evening contest against Salve Regina … An 8-1 run during the opening session of Wednesday’s contest against Babson College helped the Bates College women’s lacrosse team go onto capture a 12-7 victory. The Bobcats – winners of four straight – matched the program’s start from 2003. Moriah Greenstein led the Bobcats with four goals … Babson’s Spencer Low matched his career high with six goals, while registering his 100th marker of his career as the Beavers rolled past Gordon, 22-3 … The Salve Regina University men’s lacrosse team is one win away from matching the program’s 7-0 start from 2014. The Seahawks recently claimed a 13-6 victory over Johnson & Wales. This weekend they commence Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) play with a 12 p.m. face-off against Endicott College … Speaking of overtime, the Norwich University women’s lacrosse team needed triple-overtime to get past Thomas as the Cadets claimed a 9-8 victory on Wednesday afternoon at Sabine Field. Teresa Segreti netted the game-winner at 5:07 in the third extra session … Kasondra Moniz helped the New England College women’s lacrosse team capture its second straight victory by recording five points on three goals and two assists in a 16-0 victory over Bay Path. Moniz has recorded a pair of goals in four games this season.