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UMass Boston lacrosse update

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As the winter sports season is officially coming to a close here at UMass Boston, we can officially shift our full, undivided attention to the spring sports season. To start off the topic of the spring sports season, I want to take a look at the men’s lacrosse team here at UMass Boston. Due to the very inconvenient winter weather up here in New England, the lacrosse team has only gotten an opportunity to play one game this season so far. So, I figured with the slight delay in action, it would be a good time to give an update for the lacrosse team and take a look at what lies ahead.
Before I get too far into this season, I want to bring up how the Beacons did a season ago. Last year, the lacrosse team here on campus was one of the few teams that had the opportunity to play due to COVID-19 and boy did they make the most of it. 
In last year’s abbreviated season, the Beacons looked like a dominant force going 7–0 in the regular season alone. They continued their great play into the Little East Conference tournament where they would dispatch Plymouth State University by a score of 17–9. In the LEC championship game against Western Connecticut State University, the Beacons would face the most adversity they had endured up to that point being down 8–5, 9–6 and 10–8 at various points in the second and third quarter. However, the Beacons would battle back at the end of the third being tied at 11–11. The fourth quarter is where the Beacons would take over, as they would score three unanswered goals to take a 14–11 lead with 10 minutes remaining. Despite a late flurry of goals by Western Connecticut State University, UMass Boston would take home the conference title, winning 14–13. Unfortunately for the Beacons, their terrific run was put to an end in the first round of the Division III NCAA tournament last year after losing to SUNY Cortland by a score of 24–6.
Now that we have talked about last year’s team, we can now move to the topic of this year’s squad. The Beacons’ first matchup this season came against Nichols College. The game was closely contested throughout, with the largest deficit being two goals in favor of each team. The Beacons held a 10–8 lead with 8:48 remaining, but two late unanswered goals from Nichols College sent the game into sudden death overtime. Darragh Fahey had the only shot in overtime for the Beacons and was able to score his second goal of the game, extending the Beacon’s regular season winning streak to 15, dating all the way back to 2019.
Due to the weather, the Beacons’ second game of the season, which was supposed to be against Lasell University, was postponed. Therefore, their next game will be played Saturday, March 5 against Roger Williams University. The first home game of the season will take place on Tuesday, March 8 against Lasell College, making up their earlier matchup.
This season, the Beacons have several returning players from the 2021 season, including four players playing as graduate students. With the several players returning from last season, I would expect that the Beacons will find themselves right back in the mix to compete for the LEC championship.