No. 19 Massachusetts Hounds, Smothers Great Danes
from press release
AMHERST, Mass. -- No. 19 UMass outscored Albany
10-2 over the final three quarter to rally from a 4-1 deficit to
beat the Great Danes, 11-6 on Tuesday afternoon at Garber Field.
Sophomore Art Kell scored two goals in a span of 1:40 in the third
quarter to give UMass its first lead, one it would not relinquish.
Sophomore Greg Rushing was sensational on face-offs all day,
winning 16-of-21. He won 10 of his first 11 draws in the game for
UMass (3-1 overall). Albany remains winless at 0-4.
In addition to Kell, Bobby Hayes, Ryan Hantverk and Ryan Liebel each scored a pair for the Minutemen. Kell added a career-high three assists for five points and Hayes had two helpers for a four-point game. Of UMass' 11 goals, 10 were assisted.
Albany's goalie John Carroll had a career day keeping the Great Danes in the game with 19 saves. UMass' Tim McCormack made seven saves.
The Minuteman defense was stellar over the final three quarter, keeping the Great Danes to just two goals over the final 43 minutes. Senior captain Diogo Godoi did a great job along with fellow close defensemen Greg Anderson and Tom Celentani. Defensive midfielders Stephen Zorkers, Will Jeffery and Casey Rahn were also strong in holding down the Danes.
Joe Resertarits had three goals for Albany, but preseason All-American Brian Caufield was held pointless.
Kell gave UMass its first lead of the game at 5-4 on a goal with 4:01 left in the third quarter after 16 minutes without a goal from either team. Kell added another goal less than two minutes late for a 6-4 edge with 2:21 left in the third. Albany's Derek Kreuzer ended a 27-minute scoreless drought for the Great Danes scoring with one minute left in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to one at 6-5.
Will Manny scored a man-up goal and Liebel added a tally for an 8-5 lead with 12:27 left in the fourth. Hayes, Liebel and Hantverk each added their second goals of the game for a five-goal bulge with 4:21 left in the fourth.
Down 4-1, UMass scored three goals in a row to end the first half for a 4-4 deadlock at intermission. Hantverk, Hayes and Anthony Biscardi scored consecutively to tie the game for the Minutemen. UMass outshot Albany, 26-7 in the first half, but Carroll was stellar for the Danes, making 14 saves.
Albany jumped out to the 4-1 lead, scoring on four of its first five shots of the game 17 minutes into action. Resertarits scored his third goal of the game with 13:05 left in the second quarter for the three goal edge.
UMass returns to action on Saturday as the Minutemen host No. 13 Harvard in a huge New England rivalry. Face-off is set for 1 p.m., at Garber Field on March 13.
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