October 30, 2010


RIC Forced to Travel in Upcoming LEC Tournament

Dorchester, MA-Rhode Island College lost its grasp on the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament in a 2-1 overtime loss to UMass Boston in the regular season finale for both clubs at the Clark Athletic Center.


Third-seeded RIC (10-6-1, 4-2-1 LEC) will play at second-seeded Eastern Connecticut in the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 3. UMass Boston (6-11, 3-4 LEC) sees its season come to an end with the dramatic walk-off victory.


UMB senior forward Alex Cavallero (Lenox, MA) scored with 1:42 remaining in regulation to force an overtime before assisting on the game-winning tally.


With 3:17 left in the overtime session, Cavallero ripped a shot from just outside the 18-yard box that had Rhode Island College junior goalkeeper Nick Clark (East Bridgewater, MA) beat to the far back post. The shot ricocheted of the crossbar to the feet of UMass Boston freshman forward Stefanos Galouzis (Watertown, MA) who calmly put home his league-leading 12th goal of the season.


Rhode Island College jumped ahead to a 1-0 lead just 5:26 into the match when junior midfielder Hector Espildora Fortuno (Malaga, Spain) struck a low driven corner kick into the Beaconís six-yard box. The ball eluded the entire UMass Boston defensive unit and found the foot of junior forward Mike Patriarca (Warren, RI) who delivered a one-time volley into the back of the net for his eighth tally of the season.


The 1-0 lead held until Cavallero netted the game-tying goal with under two minutes to play in regulation. The Beacons caught the RIC midfield flat footed following a shot attempt by the visitors and were able to transition the ball quickly into their attacking zone. The Beacons lone senior gave a give and go pass with sophomore midfielder Victor Costa (Malden, MA) before putting home his second goal of the season with a left footed strike that found the far post side netting to even the score at 1-1, setting up the overtime fireworks.


In net for UMass Boston, sophomore goalkeeper Brycen Dowd (Mansfield, MA) made three saves to earn his sixth victory of the season, the most by a Beacons keeper since the 2006 season, while Clark finished the game with three saves for the Anchormen.