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Check out these media recaps of the UMass 8-5 win over Army to open the 2011 season on Saturday.

• Springfield Republican: UMass beats Army 8-5 in men's lacrosse

• Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass lax beats No. 12 Army in season opener

• Daily Collegian: UMass upset Black Knights Saturday at Garber

• LaxPower: #16 UMass Opens with an Upset of #12 Army

• Inside Lacrosse: Sunday lacrosse brunch mentions UMass

• Inside Lacrosse: Game Blog - UMass 8-5 Win.

• Annapolis Capital: College Lacrosse Roundup

• MetroWNY.com: Army falls to UMass in lacrosse opener

UMass beats Army 8-5 in men's lacrosse

Published: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 6:54 PM     Updated: Saturday, February 12, 2011, 7:01 PM

ulx213.JPGUniversity of Massachusetts' Ryan Hantverk, left, looks to pass as Army defender Matt Hurley moves in on this second quarter play Saturday at Garber Field in Amherst.

AMHERST - Army shocked the collegiate lacrosse world last spring when the Patriot League champions upset Syracuse, then the two-time defending national champions, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. 

So the territorial domination displayed by the University of Massachusetts Saturday is very encouraging. 

The No. 16 Minutemen unloaded 50 shots at the Army goal en route to an 8-5 victory over No. 12 Army before 1,308 at chilly Garber Field in the season opener for both teams. 

The game was more lopsided than the final score. Army goaltender Tom Palesky was outstanding, making 18 saves. UMass goaltender Tim McCormack needed to stop only nine shots. UMass picked up 27 ground balls, Army only 17. 

"Obviously as an opener, we couldn't be happier with the effort the guys gave, the preparation they put into it, the effort they gave, the intensity that they brought for 50 minutes," UMass coach Greg Cannella said. 

The Minutemen dominated the first quarter outshooting Army 20-2, and didn't allow the Black Knights to gain possession until after four minutes and 15 seconds. McCormack needed to make only one save. Palesky kept the score to 2-0 by making seven saves. Colin Fleming and Mike Fetterly had the goals. 

The start of the second quarter was much different with Army scoring two quick goals to tie the game. But with 11:11 left, Army defender Brendan Buckley put one in his own net. He was trying to flip the ball to Palesky, who wasn't ready. 

Ryan Hantverk made it 4-2 for UMass with 9:43 left with Army's Jeremy Boltus answering with 7:57 remaining in the half. 

Art Kell, who scored 14 goals in only eight games last season before suffering a broken foot, recorded a key goal by bouncing one past Palesky with 3:07 left to give UMass a 5-3 lead at intermission. 

UMass midfielder Anthony Biscardi scored the only goal of the third period while the Minutemen had a man-up. Fleming registered his second goal of the game early in the fourth quarter to stretch the advantage to 7-3. 

UMass continued to play solid defense in the fourth quarter, holding Army most of the quarter. With 3:24 left, Army took Palesky out of the net. Boltus scored to make it 7-4, but with Palesky not in the net, Will Manny scored an easy goal to stretch the lead to four. Army added a meaningless goal late in the game. 

"I was really happy with the way we played on offense even though we scored eight goals," Cannella said. "Typically if you score eight goals, you're not going to win the game in college lacrosse. Their goalie was outstanding. We missed the cage a bunch. We doubled up on them in shots (50-22). Hopefully, we can cash in on them a little bit more, you take 50 shots, you ought to score at least 15 goals." 

The Minutmen defense did a terrific job on holding down Army attacks Garrett Thul and Boltus. The defense is led by junior Tom Celentani. 

Fleming scored two goals for UMass, including the first goal of the game. 

"It was all emotion I'd say," Fleming said. "I have to attribute most of it to my teammates. They sort of pushed me all week. 

"I never scored two goals in a college game, but at the same time I could have had two more." 

Celentani said that he prepared for his assignment this week by covering freshman Matt Whippen in practice. Whippen is 6 foot 2, 225 pounds. 

"Our offense was great, we got shots off at will pretty much," McCormack said. 

UMass is at Hartford next Saturday. 

Army vs UMass In-Game Blog

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By: Brian Foley

We come to you today from Amherst, Massachusetts for the season opener between the Army Black Knights and the UMass Minutemen. It is cloudy with temperatures in the mid-30's while snowbanks line the sidelines. 

The Black Knights enter the game as the 13th ranked team by Inside Lacrosse after going 11-6 and a perfect 6-0 in the Patriot League during the 2010 season. They had an amazing first round victory over Syracuse in the first round of the tournament in double OT before bowing to Cornell in the NCAA Quarterfinals. They return four of their top five scorers from last season led by Jeremy Boltus (29 G, 38 A, 67 PTs). They also return starting goalie Tom Palesky who started all 17 games last season with a save percentage of .556 and a GAA of 9.32.

UMass enter the game as the 17th ranked squad in the country after going 8-6 overall with a 4-3 mark in CAA play. They return four of their top five scorers from last season led by sophomore Will Manny who has 27 goals, 18 assists while scoring 45 points. Starting goalie Tim McCormack is back as he started all 14 games with a save percentage of .523 with a 10.13 GAA. 

This should be an excellent game today as these two teams are meeting for the first time since the 1998 season in which the Minutemen won 10-4. 

1ST QUARTER

15:00- We start off the game with Greg Rushing winning the opening faceoff and possession.

13:43- Colin Fleming opens the scoring with a layup goal after a shot from Will Manny was saved by Palesky. UMASS 1 Army 0

13:40- Army wins the faceoff but the Minutemen get it back right away...Two consecutive possessions for the Minutemen.

12:17- Mike Fetterly beats the goalie with a shot 6 yards out...UMASS 2 Army 0

12:17- UMass wins another faceoff...three straight for the Minutemen!

10:45- Army finally gets the ball back...UMass has dominated possession for the first 4:45.

9:44- Tom Celentani causes a turnover to get the ball back to UMass.

8:20- UMass getting a couple of shots here...but a bad pass by Connor Mooney goes over Mike Fetterly's head.

7:48-Army and UMass both can't clear their ends with UMass eventually getting possession.

6:20- UMass leading shots 8-0 right now. 

6:00- Army's Garret Thul takes a shot from about 7 yards out but is rejected by McCormack....UMass clears. 

5:09- Tom Palesky makes a big save on a UMass attackman to keep it 2-0. 

4:40- Jeremy Boltus gets a shot on goal by McCormack stops him high..

4:15- Anthony Biscardi was wide open from the left side of the net but shot it wide. 

3:53-Biscardi with another rip but it is high. 

3:43- Art Kell get stripped by Tim Henderson so Army gets the ball back.

2:52-{ush on Matt Marasco puts UMass on the EMO for :30 seconds. 

2:00- Army clears the EMO but Tom Palesky stopped Kyle Smith and Anthony Biscardi on the penalty to keep it 2-0.

1:10-Paleski makes a big stop on Bobby Tyler which is saved by Palesky down low to keep it 2-0 in favor of UMass...UMass outshooting Army 18-2 right now. 

END OF FIRST QUARTER- UMass dominated the first quarter with tons of shots and possession. Army is lucky right now to not be down more then 2-0 after that period. Shots were 22-2 according to my count. Army also needs to be better at faceoffs as they lost two out of three in the first quarter. Seven saves by Palesky in that first quarter.

SECOND QUARTER

15:00- Army won the faceoff to start the second quarter. Rushing is taking faceoffs for the Minutemen.

13:59- Garret Thul beats McCormack shortside to put Army on the board. UMass 2 Army 1

13:53- UMass Greg Rushing wins the faceoff again to give the Minutemen possession. 

13:00- Umass Colin Fleming shoots high again but Army's Tom Palesky comes up big again to keep it 2-1. 

12:04-Jay Laing makes a cut and Jeremy Boltus finds him from behind the goal and Army scores to tie up the game at 2. Army 2 UMass 2

11:11- Steve D'Amario takes a shot but Palesky makes the save. Army defender Brendan Buckley picks up the ball and tries to pass it back to Palesky but it goes in the net. The goal is credited to D'Amario. YES THAT WAS AN OWN GOAL! UMass 3 Army 2

10:00- UMass keeping possession again a long time after Anthony Toresco won a faceoff for the Minutemen. 

9:43- Ryan Hantverk beats Palesky with a shot from about 10 yards out to finally to put the Minutemen up 4-2. UMass 4 Army 2

9:30- Anthony Toresco wins his second straight faceoff...UMass is 6-8 on the faceoffs...Rushing has four wins and Toresco has two. \

8:08- Big save by Palesky on Art Kell. 

7:57- Jeremy Boltus scores on a fast break to put Army down by a goal. UMass 4 Army 3

7:49: Army wins the faceoff when Rushing gets called for holding the ball down at the faceoff.

6:45- Army's Boltus rolls away from his man but UMass G Tim McCormack gets hit in the chest by the shot. 

5:00- Stall warning on Army as they are working on the outside alot. 

4:13- Jake Smith gets called for pushing Jeremy Boltus to put Army on the EMO. 

3:40- Sloppy passing by Army and good pressure defense gets the Minutemen the ball back to clear the EMO. 

3:28- TIMEOUT UMASS

3:07- UMass Art Kell comes from behind teh cage and beats Palesky on a bounce shot. Umass 5 Army 3.

3:00- Army wins the faceoff cleanly to get the ball. 

1:22: Tom Celentani gets called for a push.

0:40: Tim McCromack comes up with a save on a Pat Brennan shot from about 15 yards out and UMass clears it.

0:27.4: TIMEOUT UMASS

0:00- UMass with a couple of crazy shots but they all go wide....UMASS 5 ARMY 3

END OF SECOND QUARTER

HALFTIME THOUGHTS

  • UMass is dominating every category outshooting the Black Knights 32-10.
  • Ground Balls are in favor of UMass at 18-11.
  • UMass has won 6 out of 10 faceoffs. Army won the final two of the first half.
  • Both teams are clearing the ball well with UMass at 9-11 and Army at 8-9.
  • Army goalie Tom Palesky is having an outstanding game in the net as he has 10 saves while UMass goalie Tim McCormack has three. 
  • Army has eight turnovers while UMass has 6. 
  • The Minutemen should be in the lead by much more but Palesky is keeping them in the game with some great goaltending. Art Kell and Will Manny have been relatively shut down. Kell has one goal while Manny has 1 assist. 
  • UMass did a good job on attackmen Jeremy Boltus and Garrett Thul as each of them has one goal while Boltus also has an assist. 

THIRD QUARTER

15:00-Army is a little late coming out onto the field but the refs give them the benefit of the doubt. Army wins the faceoff to start the second half. 

14:08- Unforced turnover by Army gives UMass the ball back....

13:13- Anthony Biscardi beats a short stick defender...He beat Palesky with a bounce shot....UMass 6 Army 3

12:56- Army wins another faceoff and Teresco jumps the whistle. Army brings it into the box and Army takes a quick timeout. They need to make some adjustments fast. 

12:40- Devin Lynch takes a shot from 20 yards out but it is right into McCormack's stick to keep the game 6-3.

11:15- Garrett Thul takes a shot from eight yards out by McCormack makes the save on the bounce shot.

11:02- Army rides UMass hard again and second straight failed clear by the Minutemen.

9:30- Army gets a stall warning...

9:20- Garrett Thul takes a shot and it goes off McCormack's mask and UMass clears. 

8:25- KR Jurgelevich gets free right in front of Palesky but the ball hits the goalie in the foot to keep the score 6-3.

6:40- Will Manny steps into the crease but Palesky makes a bad clear to give the Minutemen the ball back.

5:37-Army's Tom Dalton gets called for an illegal body check to put UMass on the EMO.

5:12- Connor Flemming gets stoned by Palesky to keep it 6-3.

4:30- UMass now outshooting Army 40-15.

3:36- Another shot by Army goes off McCormack.

3:28- Tom Celentani has had a great game as he causes another turnover by the Black Knight. 

1:55- UMass Art Kell takes a jumpshot but Palesky makes another great save.

0:00- Army's Larry LoRusso gets called for a slashing violation and will be down one man to start the fourth quarter. UMass is outshooting Army 43-16 right now.

0:00: END OF THIRD QUARTER

FOURTH QUARTER

15:00- UMass starts with possession on the EMO.

14:33- Colin Fleming cuts to the crease and Will Manny finds him. Fleming dunks it into the net to put the Minutemen up 7-3. UMass 7 Army 3

13:45- Army has gone to an invert offense now.....

12:50-Army's Alex Van Krevel takes a long shot but McCormack makes the save down low.

12:37- Army's Jeremy Boltus takes a wide shot for the Black Knight and it is backed up by UMass. 

11:30- UMass getting a stall warning

11:16- UMass Kyle Smith gets a good look but shoots high and Palesky who makes the save again. 

10:15- Army's Boltus takes a shot from the left side extended about 15 yards out and hits the post. 

9:40- Army's Van Krevel beat his man and dives but is rejected by McCormack.

8:38- Slash on Army's Tim Henderson puts UMass on the one minute EMO. 

7:38- Army kills off the EMO as they have possession.

6:35- McCormack makes a save on a bounce shot....He has started to play better since the first half. Army hasn't scored in the second half yet. 

5:20-UMass starting to run clock. 

5:02- Steve D'Amario gets stoned on a wrap around chance to keep it 7-3.

4:27- Army playing very sloppy with another turnover here with Tim Henderson making a terrible pass. 

3:24- Palesky makes another stop on the Minutemen...That was his 19th save unofficially. He has been great today.

3:24- TIMEOUT ARMY

3:20- Army pulls the goalie and forces a turnover by Will Manny. 

2:46- Jeremy Boltus takes a jump shot and beats McCormack to make it 7-4. UMass 7 Army 4

2:40- Rushing wins another key faceoff.

1:53- Will Manny gets his first goal of the game on a wide open net to make it 8-4. UMass 8 Army 4.

1:47- Rushing wins another faceoff.

1:41- TIMEOUT UMASS

1:00- After Army forces a UMass turnover...Army commits their 20th turnover of the game.

0:49.3- TIMEOUT UMASS

0:12.5: Corey Reiser scores for Army to make it 8-5. UMass 8 Army 5

0:00- End of the Game

END OF GAME

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