No. 9 Minutemen Suffer First Loss Of The Season To No. 18 Albany
March 8, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - No. 9/10 nationally ranked Massachusetts men's lacrosse was unable to limit the No. 18/17 University of Albany attack at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon as the Minutemen fell to the Great Danes, 25-10. Seniors Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen scored a pair of goals each to lead UMass while classmate Joe Calvello won 22 faceoffs and scooped up a dozen groundballs.
With his performance at the faceoff X, Calvello became the first Minutemen to win more than 20 faceoffs in one contest since Jake Deane went 20-for-25 against Hofstra in the NCAA Tournament on May 20, 2006. Calvello's groundball total put him only one away from tying the single-game program record, a mark he previously equaled this season when he picked up 13 against Ohio State on Feb. 16.
Whippen added an assist for three points on the game. In addition to Mooney, three more Minutemen added multi-point games. Grant Consoletti and Nick Mariano earned a goal and assist each while Ryan Curley facilitated two more UMass tallies for his first two collegiate points.
Lyle Thompson led Albany with 11 points on four goals and seven assist. His brother, Miles Thompson, had a game-high six goals to go with one assist. Ty Thompson, a cousin of Lyle and Miles, recorded five goals while John Maloney provided five points on four tallies and one helper.
Blaze Riorden made 18 saves in the cage for Albany to keep the Minutemen from a rally attempt after the squad fell behind, 7-2 at the end of the first quarter. The Great Danes scored the opening four goals of the game before Whippen broke the streak unassisted with nine minutes, 13 seconds left in the opening frame.
Miles Thompson found the back of the net to make it 5-1 Great Danes but Mariano earned his 15th goal of the season following a pass from Consoletti to pull the Minutemen within 5-2.
However, Albany (2-2 overall) notched eight consecutive goals to push its lead to 13-2, capped by a Lyle Thompson tally with 6:04 left in the second. The Minutemen halted the run with back-to-back strikes from Whippen and George in a span of 39 seconds, but Albany added two more in the second to head to halftime leading 16-4.
The Minutemen (4-1) did not slow down the Albany attack enough during the final half to move closer than within 11 goals after Lynott put a shot by Riorden with 12:16 to play in the third. Following Lynott's tally, Albany added four consecutive goals to push the lead to 20-5.
The Minutemen led in shots, 53-45 due to a 32-13 edge in the category following the halftime break. Massachusetts also scooped up more groundballs, 31-25 while winning 24-of-37 faceoffs. UMass finished 9-for-10 on clears while forcing the Great Danes into six failed clears over 25 attempts.
JD Colarusso relieved Riorden in net for Albany and played 10:15 with four saves and two goals allowed. Zach Oliveri started in the cage for UMass, made seven saves and allowed 24 goals. Reed Goodhue rotated in for Oliveri during the fourth quarter and allowed the final Albany tally.
Massachusetts men's lacrosse returns to Garber Field for its next contest, a Tuesday, March 11 meeting with Providence (3-2) at 3 p.m.