No. 9 UMass Stays Perfect in CAA
from press release
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Freshman Will Manny
netted a hat trick and senior All-American defenseman Diogo Godoi
was outstanding on defense as No. 9 UMass beat Penn State on a
beautiful Saturday afternoon at Jeffrey Field. The Minutemen (7-2,
2-0 CAA) took the lead for good early in the second quarter, but
had to fend off the pesky Nittany Lions (1-8, 0-1), who cut the
margin to one on three occasions but were never able to tie the
Godoi intercepted a pass with less than a minute remaining as Penn State was seeking to tie the game at nine. That set up the game-clinching goal by Manny off a feed from Anthony Biscardi with 38 seconds left in regulation.
Godoi and Will Jeffery guarded Penn State's top scorer Matthew Mackrides (25 goals, 30 points) most of the game and kept him pointless. The Minutemen defense was excellent with great contributions from long-poles defenders Tom Celentani, Casey Rahn and Travis Tripucka. Shorties Bobby Tyler, Kevin Wright and Stephen Zorkers also helped to limit Penn State on the offensive side of the ball.
The Minutemen showed great passing all afternoon as all 10 goals were assisted with Ryan Hantverk leading the way with three helpers. Biscardi had two assists along with a goal. Senior captain Bobby Hayes had a pair of tallies for the Minutemen. UMass' other goals came from Steve D'Amario, Ryan Liebel, Christian Hain and Kyle Smith.
With the game tied at 2-2 early in the second quarter, UMass ripped off three goals in a row in a span of 3:15 to take a 5-2 lead with 8:50 left in the second quarter. Liebel's scored on a bounce shot off a feed from Hantverk for the three-goal bulge.
Penn State drew within one goal early in the third quarter on Colton Vosburgh's second goal of the afternoon, 3:51 into the third quarter. The Minutemen responded with two goals in just over a minute as Manny and Hayes each scored their second goal of the game for a 8-5 UMass edge with 6:38 left in the third.
Penn State cut the UMass lead to one with 10:24 left in regulation on a Brian Shea bounce shot. Biscardi's crease goal regained the two-goal lead with 8:14 left. Anthony Basciano cut the lead to one just a minute later. UMass's defense stepped up and goalie Tim McCormack made was solid making two of his 12 saves in the fourth quarter.
The Nittany Lions' goalie Dave Baker also made 12 saves.