Big Fourth Quarter Gives #8 Men's Lax 9-3 Win At #11 Ohio State
Feb. 25, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 8 UMass men's lacrosse team scored four unanswered fourth quarter goals and the defense held No. 11 Ohio State to just one goal over the last three quarters of play in a 9-3 win at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Senior goalie Tim McCormack made 11 saves in the win, while Kyle Smith and Colin Flemming each scored three goals to lead the offense.
The win improves UMass to 3-0 on the season with a pair of wins over Top-15 ranked teams. The loss drops Ohio State to 3-1 overall and comes after the Buckeyes win last weekend over No. 5 Denver.
Ohio State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period. Dominique Alexander and Logan Schuss each tallied unassisted goals in the first 7:11 of play. The game took a turn in UMass' favor when Shuss was called for an illegal body check 11 seconds after his goal giving UMass a non-releasible man-up advantage for a minute.
Colin Fleming scored twice on the extended extra-man opportunity to tie the game 2-2. He took a feed from Will Manny just 20 seconds into the EMO and then scored off an Anthony Biscardi feed at the 6:47 mark to tie the game.
Manny gave UMass the 3-2 lead with seven seconds left in the first quarter after Bobby Tyler forced an Ohio State turnover.
Neither team was able to score in the second period despite Ohio State getting eight shots. UMass took a pair of penalties but was able to kill off both OSU extra-man opportunities.
Kyle Smith scored the first of his three goals midway through the third quarter, before Schuss notched his second to keep the Buckeyes within one, 4-3 with 3:16 to go. Another late UMass goal as from Flemming with 22 seconds left put the Minutemen back up by two, 5-3, heading into the fourth.
Biscardi scored 1:42 into the fourth quarter giving UMass a 6-3 lead. A pair of Ohio State penalties led to a pair of Smith goals in the fourth. At the 8:16 mark, Smith scored just before an Alexander penalty was set to expire. Smith notched his third goal of the game at the 3:29 mark on another extra-man opportunity - the fourth EMO goal of the day for the Minutemen.
Manny tallied his fourth point of the game (2 goals, 2 assists) with just under two minutes to go to finalize the scoring.
The Minutemen outshot Ohio State 32-to-26 for the game and was 4-for-6 with the extra-man. Special teams were key as UMass held the Buckeyes 0-for-3 with the extra-man.
Schuss finished the game with two goals for Ohio State, while Greg Dutton took the loss in goal making 10 saves.
Biscardi had a goal and two assists for UMass, while Connor Mooney and Mike Fetterly each handed out a pair of helpers. Greg Rushing a a pair of caused turnovers and four groundballs, while Greg Anderson had a caused turnover and a team-high five groundballs.
UMass will return to action next Saturday, March 3 at long-time New England rival Brown. The opening faceoff is set for 1 PM.