BOSTON– Fast starts to both halves was the key to victory Friday night for the Johnson & Wales University men's lacrosse team. The Wildcats went on the road to beat UMass Boston, 13-7.
Attacker Max Stone (Burlington, Conn.) scored the first two goals of the game – part of his team-high six points – and the JWU defense was on point as the Wildcats had a 4-0 lead after the first 15 minutes. The Beacons scored four times in the second quarter, but midfielder Eric Russo (West Grove, Pa.) found the back of the net twice to send JWU into the locker room with a 6-4 lead.
Sophomore midfielder Thomas Lyons (Burlington, Mass.) made sure the lead wouldn't diminish in the second half. He scored three of his five goals in the third quarter as JWU pushed the margin to 11-5 going into the final period.
Johnson & Wales nearly doubled up the Beacons in the shots category, holding a 60-31 advantage. Goalie Bradley Morris (Bayport, NY) made 15 saves to record his fourth victory. Ben Farrell (Downingtown, Pa.) picked up a game-high six ground balls to go along with a goal and an assist.
Johnson & Wales returns home on Tuesday to take on Salve Regina at 7 p.m.