March 31, 2012

No. 2 UMass Rolls Past Saint Joseph's, Now 9-0

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - For just the third time in program history, the No. 2 UMass men's lacrosse team improved to 9-0 on the season after a 15-3 win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. The Minutemen started the 1981 and 2001 seasons with 9-0 records as well. Will Manny posted eight points on the day with three goals and five assists, while the UMass defense clamped down on the Hawks allowing a season-low three goals.

Along with the 9-0 overall record, UMass also improves to 2-0 in the CAA. The Minutemen will return to action next Saturday, April 7 against CAA foe Towson at Garber Field. Saint Joseph's falls to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in league play.

Manny's outing marked the fifth-time this season where he posted six points or more in a game. His five assists tied his career-high which he previously set Tuesday against Harvard.

Art Kell notched five points in the game with a pair of goals and five assists, while Anthony Biscardi tallied three goals and an assist. Connor Mooney and Colin Fellming each posted a pair of goals as well.

The defense was led by Jake Smith who caused a pair of turnovers and collected four groundballs. Tim McCormack played 49 minutes, 47 seconds in goal making 11 saves while allowing no goals.

The Hawks were led by Augustus Quinzani who scored a pair of fourth quarter man-up goals. Ryan McGee scored Saint Joseph's other goal and added a pair of assists. Griffin Ferrigan took the loss making 10 saves.

Faceoffs were the key to the game with the Minutemen winning 14-of-18 on the day. Anthony Toresco was nearly perfect going 8-for-9 while scooping up four groundballs to lead UMass.Paced by five different goal scorers, UMass cruised to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. The Minutemen added two in the second including a tally from Biscardi with nine seconds to go before halftime.

The Hawks started the second half with 50 seconds left on a man-up advantage, but UMass was able to kill it off. Kell scored his second of the day midway through the third quarter as UMass tallied five more goals to go up 12-0 entering the fourth.

Mooney capitalized on a pair of extra-man opportunities with a goal at the 14:44 mark and his second just 25 seconds later. Brendan Schroeder netted his first goal as a Minuteman at the 6:43 mark giving UMass a 15-0 lead.

Three penalties on the Minutemen in the final four minutes of play led to the three Hawks goals. Quinzani scored his first with 3:55 to go before adding another 28 seconds later. McGee scored with 2:12 left in the game to give the final score.


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