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November 27, 2023

Beacon Update 11/10

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Men’s Soccer 
11-7-1 (3-3-1 LEC)
Men’s Soccer went into their final two matches of their season with hopes of clinching a spot in the LEC Tournament. Their chances were boosted after a 2-1 victory over Plymouth State on Senior Day at Clark Athletic Center Field on Oct. 26. After seniors Jaime Delgado and Anderson Espana were honored before the day’s match, Rolando Barbosa put the Beacons up 1-0 in the sixth minute with his eighth goal of the season. Plymouth State tied the game up with 25 seconds remaining in the first half. However, in the 80th minute, Marcus Pizetti put in his eleventh goal of the year to put the Beacons up for good and put them in the driver’s seat for the final playoff spot in the conference. Pizzetti was named LEC Offensive Player of the Week while teammate Alfonso Rosales was named LEC Goalkeeper of the Week. On Nov. 2, the team traveled to Rhode Island College for a chance to nail down a playoff spot. However, the team lost a heart-breaker 3-2 to end their hopes of making the postseason. Marcus Pizzetti gave the Beacons the 1-0 lead with his 12th goal of the year in the 41st minute, but two straight second-half goals put RIC up 2-1. Lenir Lima tied the game in the 76th minute with his first of the year. Unfortunately, RIC drew a penalty-kick with 30 seconds left which led to the winning goal that gave RIC the final playoff spot over the University of Massachusetts Boston. The Beacons Men’s Soccer team has nothing to hang their heads over as they have given Beaconville plenty to look forward to in the upcoming years behind a strong debut from first year head coach Jake Beverlin.
Women’s Soccer
15-6 (6-2 LEC)
Women’s Soccer closed out their season with a nine game winning streak and a defense of their Little East Conference Regular Season title. On Oct. 26, the Lady Beacons ran over host Plymouth State 5-1. Ericka Garufi put UMass Boston up 1-0 in the first half before Plymouth State answered back just before half time. Krista Ledin and Tayla Andrews then took over as they each netted two second half goals to pull away from the Panthers. Three days later, Krista Ledin’s hat trick lifted the Lady Beacons over host Bridgewater State, 3-1. In the process, Ledin broke her own Little East Conference and UMass Boston program records for goals in a season with her 27th, 28th, and 29th scores. For her efforts, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District team on November 1. Her teammate Tayla Andrews was named LEC Offensive Player of the Week. On Nov. 2, the team honored seniors Andrews, Julie Nutting, Alli Modzelewski, and Samantha Cristoforo before their 7-0 trouncing of Rhode Island College. Ledin again scored three goals while Andrews chipped in with a two-goal effort. Ericka Garufi and Alli Modzelewski also had tallies as the Lady Beacons secured their second consecutive LEC Regular Season Championship. Modzelewski was named LEC Defensive Player of the Week while Ledin was named both LEC Offensive Player of the Weeks and ECAC New England Division III Player of the Week.
On Nov. 7, the team hosted Eastern Connecticut State in the Conference semi-finals. ECSU, the only LEC team to defeat UMass Boston, once again shocked the Lady Beacons 1-0, ending the team’s hopes for a repeat as Little East Conference Champions. Eastern Connecticut went up 1-0 in the 37th minute and the Beacons were unable to answer as they were stifled by the ECSU defense in a driving rain. The team now hopes to get an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament.
Volleyball
(21-15) (8-0 LEC)
The UMass Boston Women’s Volleyball team traveled to Connecticut to face both Clark University and conference foe Western Connecticut State on Oct. 26. The team shut out Western Connecticut State 3-0 in the first match behind strong play from Patsy Boland (13 kills) and Megan Pollock (36 assists). Later that day, the team dropped a tough 3-1 decision to Clark. Three days later, the team honored seniors Pollock, Amber Clemons, Christine DuPuis, and Corrine Porter before their final home match against Plymouth State. The Lady Beacons clinched their fifth straight LEC Regular Season title with a 3-0 win. Kirsten Morrison had nine kills while Elizabeth Glavan had 20 digs. On Nov. 1, the team traveled to Roger Williams where they upset the 26th-ranked Hawks 3-1. Boland and Porter each had 10 kills while Glavan once again had a strong night defensively with 18 digs. The next day, the Lady Beacons drove up to New York and split two matches, losing 3-2 to Wisconsin-Oshkosh before beating Vassar College 3-0. Porter became the second player in program history to record 1,000 kills and digs in her career as she had 13 kills and 19 digs during the first match of the day. In the win over Vassar, Pollock once again had a great day with 34 assists while Julia Murphy had 9 kills. Murphy was named LEC Rookie of the Week for her efforts, while Pollock and Murphy were named LEC and ECAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. On Nov. 9, UMass Boston defeated Western Connecticut State 3-0 in the LEC Semi-Finals to advance to their sixth consecutive Little East Conference Tournament Championship. Boland once again led the way with 13 kills, while Glavan (20 digs) and Pollock (36 assists) did their parts in the win. The ladies rounded out their week by winning an unprecedented fifth straight conference title by defeating Keene State 3-1. They have advanced the the NCAA tournament, and their first round opponent will be announced later this week. For an update, visit www.beaconsathletics.com
Men’s Hockey
1-1-0 (0-1-0 ECAC East)
The ninth-ranked Beacons Men’s Hockey team kicked off their season on Nov. 2 with an 8-2 thrashing at UMass Dartmouth. Down 2-0, UMass Boston roared back with eight straight goals to start the season off with a bang. Senior Captain Travis Daniels got the Beacons started with a power-play goal 54 seconds into the second period. Sam Boyd, Nathan Millam (short-handed), Peter MacIntyre, and Frankie DeAugustine (power-play) all found the back of the net as the Beacons exploded for 5 second-period goals. Millam had his second goal of the game on the power-play early in the third while Derek Colucci and Kit Sitterley (power-play goal) rounded out the scoring in the rout. The next week at the home opener, the Beacons were upended by New England College, 2-1. Jeremy Finger had the lone Beacons goal with a power-play tally assisted by Sitterley and Dan Cornell. Zach Andrews made 31 saves on 33 shots in the loss. The following day, they were able to bounce back against St. Anselm with a 4-3 overtime win. Daniels scored his second goal of the year in the first before St. Anselm tied it in the second. However, Cody Dixon scored on the power play early in the third. After St. Anselm took the lead with two straight goals, MacIntyre tied it with three minutes left in the game. In overtime, it was Daniels again with his second goal of the game on the power play to give the Beacons the win.The Beacons have a weekend off before taking on conference rivals Castleton State and Skidmore College in two road contests on Nov. 22 and 23.
Women’s Hockey 0-2-0 (0-1- ECAC East)
UMass Boston Women’s Hockey got their season underway on Nov.1 at St. Anselm College. The squad was dealt a tough 2-1 loss. Samantha Fallon had the lone goal on the power-play with Alexandra Karlis and Kayla Kiernan picking up the assists. Casey Schaebje put up a great showing in net, making 39 saves on 41 shots. The next week on Nov. 8, the Lady Beacons traveled to Franklin Pierce, where they fell 4-2 despite outshooting their opponents 28-21. Alyssa Sullivan had a shorthanded goal in the second to cut Franklin Pierce’s lead to 2-1. Samantha Fallon had her second goal in as many games midway through the third period, but it wasn’t enough as Franklin Pierce escaped with the win. Kaityn Burke got the start in goal and made 17 saves on 21 shots in her season debut.
Cross-Country
The Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country teams competed at the New England Alliance/Little East Conference meet on Nov. 2, hosted by the University of Southern Maine. On the men’s side, Jake Kerin led the Beacons with a 36th place finish in 28:00, followed by Tad Delaney, who finished 47th with a time of 28:25. Behind them was Leon Jarvis, who recorded a time of 31:23 to finish 109th, followed by Joe Miller (32:15, 118th). Chhenlee Ly (34:15, 142nd), Emilio Alvarez-Flores (34:48, 150th), Ron Esquivel (34:51, 151st), and Alvarez Missick (38:11, 157th) rounded out the day for the Beacons, who finished 7th in the LEC and 11th in the Alliance, which the combined race between the Little East Conference and the MASCAC. The women were once again led by Angelica Pizzi, who ran 20:41 to finish 37th. Ariana Leao was the second Lady Beacons runner to cross the line in 23:07 in 108th place, followed by Ashley Glendye, who ran 24:12 to finish 117th. Renee O’Brien ran a 26:10 to finish 141st, while Danielle Valeri (27:19, 147th) and Ashley Cahill (33:20, 158th) finished out the day. Overall, the Lady Beacons finished 14th in the Alliance and 7th in the Little East Conference. A handful of UMass Boston runners will finish the season at the New England Division III meet on Nov. 16, once again to be hosted by Southern Maine.