McCormack, Kell Lead #6 Men's Lax Past Brown, 12-7
March 3, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Tim McCormack stopped a season-high 15 shots and Art Kell scored three goals while assisting on two others as the No. 6 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated Brown on Saturday afternoon at Meister-Kavan Field. The Minutemen improve to 4-0 on the season and will return to action on Tuesday afternoon against Albany at Garber Field (3 PM).
McCormack's efforts marked the second straight game for the netminder with double-digit saves after posting 11 last Saturday in the win over No. 11 Ohio State. He was excellent in the fourth quarter making eight saves on 15 Brown shots. The five-point game marked a season-high for Kell.
Greg Rushing had another solid game defensively with two caused turnovers and six groundballs to lead the Minutemen.
Brown (1-1) was led by Parker Brown who tallied four goals. Sam Hurster, Stephen Loudon, and Dan O'Brien each scored a goal in the loss. Will Round made 11 saves for the Bears for the game.
UMass jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 7:24 of the first quarter thanks to goals from Colin Fleming and Biscardi. O'Brien cut the lead in half midway through the period to make it a 2-1 game.
In the second quarter, Kell and Biscardi accounted for the only scoring as UMass took a 4-1 lead into halftime. Defensive special teams stood tall for the Minutemen as UMass killed off three Brown extra-man opportunities for a total of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
A pair of goals to start the third quarter built the Minutemen's lead to 6-1, but Brown came back with scores from Brown and Hurster making it a 6-3 game with 3:32 to go.
Steve D'Amario took a Mike Fetterly feed with 2:04 left in the third quarter as UMass went back up 7-3 setting up a wild fourth quarter.
The Bears scored four goals in the fourth including a pair of Brown goals separated by 52 seconds in the final two minutes of play making it an 11-7 lead for UMass with 63 seconds to go.
Kell netted his third goal of the game to give the final score with 37 seconds left.
Brown held a 42-to-29 advantage in shots, but only 22 were on goal for the Bears. Both teams were held scoreless on the extra-man opportunities with UMass going 0-for-2 and Brown going 0-for-3.