Manny, Smith Help UMass Fend Off Bucknell
from press release
|Courtesy UMass Athletics|
AMHERST, Mass. - Will Manny posted a game-high seven points and Kyle Smith scored three goals as the No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated No. 12 Bucknell 11-9 on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. Manny went over the 100-point plateau for his career with three goals and four assists.
UMass improves to 2-0 on the season, while the Bison fall to 0-2 overall. The Minutemen will head to Ohio State next Saturday for a 1 PM opening faceoff.
Along with Manny and Smith, Mike Fetterly recorded a four-point game with a goal and three assists, while Art Kell scored a goal and added two assists. Defensively, Tom Celentani led the way with four caused turnovers, while Tim McCormack made six saves in the win.
The Minutemen never trailed in the game jumping out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of Smith goals in the first seven minutes of the first quarter. The Bison rallied back to tie the game 2-2 with 4:41 left, however, neither team was able to score again in the opening stanza.
With a man-up advantage to start the second quarter, Colin Fleming cashed in to put UMass up 3-2 in the first nine seconds of play. Bucknell tied the game just over two minutes later as Chase Bailey scored his second of the day converting on the man-up advantage for the Bison.
A pair of UMass goals from Manny and Grant Whiteway gave the
Minutemen some breathing room going into halftime with a 5-3
Just over two minutes into the third quarter, Smith scored his third of the day to extend the lead to three goals. Back-to-back goals from Steve D'Amario and Fetterly separated by just 52 seconds put UMass up 8-4 with 7:16 left in the third.
The Bison cut the lead back to two goals with goals from Burke and Dickson coming just 33 seconds apart making it an 8-6 game with six minutes left in the third. A good start to the four quarter with a man-up goal and an even-strength goal from Manny put UMass back up by four, 10-6, with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game.
Bucknell scored three of the last four goals in the game to give the final score including a pair by Billy Eisenreich who finished with three goals and three assists to lead the Bison.
The Bison outshot UMass 30-to-28 for the game, but committed 17 to just 13 for the Minutemen. Both teams had a pair of man-up goals with UMass going 2-for-3 and Bucknell 2-for-5.