February 12, 2011

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UMass Not Gunshy in Upset of Army

from staff reports


Will Manny had a goal and two assists in No. 16 UMass' 8-5 upset of No. 12 Army on Saturday.

AMHERST, Mass. -- How do you beat Tom Palesky? Just keep shooting.

The No. 16-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team outshot Army, 50-22, and eked out an 8-5 victory over No. 12-ranked Army at Garber Field on Saturday.

Palseky, Army's standout goalie, made 18 saves. The Minutemen forced the Black Knights into 20 turnovers. UMass goalie Tim McCormack backstopped the victory with nine saves.

Junior Tom Celentani and Jake Smith led the way on the defensive end for the Minutemen, causing a combined five turnovers. The close defense and defensive midfield were stellar all game. UMass held Army to just one goal over more than 38 minutes spanning the second to the fourth quarters.

On the offensive end, sophomore Colin Fleming posted a two-goal game, while Anthony Biscardi and Will Manny each had three points with a goal and two assists respectively.

For the Black Knights, Tom Palesky was rock solid, posting 18 saves and keeping Army in the game for much of the afternoon, despite the disparity in shots.

UMass opened a 2-0 lead just 2:43 into the action as Fleming and Mike Fetterly notched goals. The Minutemen went on to outshot Army, 20-2 in the first period.

The Black Knights tied the game at 2-2 on quick second-quarter goals by Garrett Thul and Jay Laing, but UMass answered and kept the lead for the rest of the game. Steve D'Amario was credited with a goal as Army played the ball into its own net for the go-ahead marker with 11:11 left in the second quarter.

That started a span of UMass scoring five of the next six goals over 38:27 until the Black Knights finally broke the drought with Jeremy Boltus' second goal of the game.

Manny iced the game a pretty goal off a feed from Biscardi with 1:53 left in the game to secure the win.

Faceoffs were equal at eight for each side. UMass won the ground battle, 27-17.


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