Offensive Outburst Gives No. 5 Men's Lacrosse 17-7 Win Over Albany
March 6, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Led by three goals by both Art Kell and Kyle Smith, the No. 5 UMass men's lacrosse team ran past Albany 17-7 on Tuesday afternoon at Garber Field. Nine different Minutemen tallied goals for UMass which outshot the Great Danes 52-to-26 for the game. UMass will return to Garber Field on Saturday against Hartford (1 PM).
Kell and Smith also added a pair of assists to their three goals giving them a game-high five points. Steve D'Amario, Anthony Biscardi, Will Manny, and Sean Cleary all tallied a pair of goals as well.
Albany was led by Joe Resetarits who had three goals and an assist in the game. Miles Thompson netted a pair of goals, while Lyle Thompson scored a goal and added two assists.
John Carroll took the loss for the Great Danes making 11 saves while allowing 16 goals. Max Huber played the final 4 minutes, 37 seconds for Albany allowing one goal.
UMass' shot advantage was aided by winning 21-of-25 faceoffs led by Anthony Toresco's 11-for-11 performance. Toresco also had a game-high nine groundballs which was tied with fellow faceoff man Greg Rushing who was 4-for-5 on the day.
The Minutemen jumped out to a 6-0 lead holding Albany scoreless until the 4:27 mark of the first quarter. Anthony Biscardi scored his two goals in the first 7 minutes, 39 seconds of play, while Kell sandwiched a man-up and a man-down goal around a D'Amario unassisted strike.
The second quarter was again dominated by UMass as the Minutemen picked up two goals from Smith including his tally at the 3:54 mark which put UMass up 9-1.
Cleary scored his first collegiate goal with 62 seconds left in the second quarter giving UMass a 10-2 lead at halftime.
The Great Danes scored two of the first three goals to start the third period, but UMass closed strong with three straight goals in the final five minutes. Smith capped the run with his third of the day with 19 seconds to go.
Colin Fleming scored his first goal of the day midway through the fourth quarter and Cleary added his second with 3:55 left giving UMass a 17-6 lead. Matthew Bertrams added the final goal of the day with 1:38 to go for the final 17-7 score.