Kell, Fleming Spark No. 5 Men's Lax To 14-5 Win Over Hartford
March 10, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - A pair of hat tricks from Art Kell and Colin Fleming paced the offense, while the Minutemen defense clamped down on the Hawks in the No. 5 UMass men's lacrosse team's 14-5 win over Hartford on Saturday at Garber Field. For the sixth straight time this season, the UMass defense gave up under 10 goals while goalie Tim McCormack made 11 saves to improve the Minutemen to 6-0 this season.
Kell added an assist on the day for a total of four points. Will Manny posted a six-point day with a pair of goals and four assists. Bobby Tyler scored a goal and added two assists, while Mike Fetterly scored a pair of goals.
Hartford (1-4) was led by Kevin O'Shea who had a pair of goals. Carter Bender and Ryan Compitello each posted a goal and an assist. Scott Bement took the loss making 12 saves.
The Minutemen used a big first period to jump in front of the Hawks 5-1. Ryan Izzo scored his first career goal to put the Minutemen on the scoreboard first just 63 seconds into the contest. Art Kell then added a man-up goal at the 12:29 mark before Kyle Smith, Manny and Kell all scored to put UMass up 5-0 with 2:38 left in the period.
Compitello scored with 67 seconds left in the quarter leading to a pair of O'Shea goals to start the second quarter cutting the lead to 5-3 with 11:55 until halftime.
The UMass offense then took over as Mike Fetterly and Colin Fleming each scored a pair of goals to spark an eight goal run. Longstick defenseman Brett Tobin scored his first career goal in transition off a Manny feed to cap the run with 9:24 left in the third giving the Minutemen a 13-3 lead.
Fleming capped his hat trick with his 10th goal of the season 58 seconds into the fourth quarter. Bender scored with 6:21 left in the game to close out the scoring for the Hawks.
The Minutemen outshot the Hawks 38-to-26 for the game and won 15-of-22 faceoffs. Hartford was 1-for-3 on extra-man opportunities, while UMass was 1-for-5.