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Whiteway's Seven Goals Help UMass Halt Providence, 16-11

Senior Connor Mooney recorded a single-game career-high seven points on three goals and four assists to help UMass defeat Providence.

Senior Connor Mooney recorded a single-game career-high seven points on three goals and four assists to help UMass defeat Providence.

March 11, 2014

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AMHERST, Mass. - Grant Whiteway scored seven goals and assisted on one other to spearhead the No. 14/15 UMass men's lacrosse attack during its 16-11 defeat of Providence at Garber Field on Tuesday afternoon. Connor Mooney surged on offense as well as the senior produced seven points through three goals and four assists as the Minutemen improved to 5-1 on the season.

Joe Calvello controlled the faceoff X for the Minutemen as he won 21-of-30 attempts and scooped up a single-game program record 18 groundballs to help secure the victory - the most picked up by one player in a game across NCAA Division I men's lacrosse this year.

Andrew Sokol netted a pair of goals for the Minutemen while Calvello, Brendan Hegarty, Brendan Schroeder and Matt Whippen scored once each. Hegarty's goal was the first of his collegiate career.

Andrew Barton earned four points on three goals and an assist while Sean Wright also tallied three times for the Friars. Greg Fitzmaurice added two goals and one helper for three points.

Whiteway opened the game with back-to-back goals in a span of 51 seconds to put the Minutemen in front, 2-0. The Billerica, Mass., native broke the scoreless tie at the 13-minute, 33-second mark following a pass from Mooney. He added an unassisted tally with 12:42 remaining in the first quarter to double the UMass advantage.

The Friars tied the contest up with goals from Fitzmaurice and Barton only 16 seconds apart, with the second tally coming with 10:46 left in the frame.

However, the Minutemen answered with four consecutive goals to close the quarter. Jeff George found Mooney during a man-up chance to make it 3-2 UMass before Mooney helped Sokol put the Maroon and White back in front by two tallies. Whippen pushed his way through the Friars defense with 1:03 remaining in the first to earn an unassisted goal, his seventh of the year, as the Minutemen jumped back up ahead by three, 5-2.

To end scoring in the first quarter, Mooney sent a shot into the back of the net with one second to play on the Garber Field scoreboard to give Massachusetts its 6-2 lead heading into the break. To create the play, Zach Oliveri earned one of his 12 saves in net with 31 seconds to play in the half and UMass cleared the play up field. The ball rotated around the cage until Grant Consoletti sent a pass from behind the Providence goal to Mooney, who put a shot low and in from 18 yards out.

The Friars chipped away at UMass' lead during the second quarter as the visitors scored the only two goals of the frame to drop the Massachusetts lead to 6-4 at halftime.

However, Whiteway gave UMass its four-goal cushion back with two tallies to open the third quarter. Mooney found the junior attackman at the 13:58 mark while Whiteway added another - his fourth - with 13:07 left in the stanza.

Fitzpatrick brought Providence back within three at 8-5 only 53 second later; however, the Friars were unable to drop the deficit further during the contest as the squads traded goals back and forth throughout the remainder of play.

Sean Cleary facilitated Whiteway's fifth goal to make it 9-5. After Wright scored one for Providence, Whiteway answered for the Minutemen. Barton found the back of the net with 1:38 left in the third to cut the UMass lead to 10-7, but the Minutemen rattled off three straight goals from Mooney, Hegarty and Sokol.

After the UMass lead grew to 13-7 following Sokol's strike, facilitated by Mooney with 12:52 remaining in the game, the Friars earned three goals of their own to again pull within three.

Whiteway stopped the Providence scoring streak with his final tally of the contest on a feed from Nick Mariano. Sean Wright added one last goal for the Friars as the visiting side pulled to within 14-11 with 5:27 left, but Schroeder and Calvello earned opportunistic goals for the Minutemen to close scoring.

Schroeder took advantage of a vacant Providence net with 2:24 left in the game, scoring from midfield on an arcing shot after Friars goalie Peter Badgley shifted out of the cage on defense.

Only six seconds later, Calvello scored after he won the faceoff that followed Schroeder's goal. The Woodridge, Ill., native clamped down on the ball and raced unabated toward the net, where he bested Badgley as the defense closed on him 10 yards away from the cage.

Badgley replaced Providence starter Tyler Himes at the start of the second quarter and totaled 42:42 in the cage before being pulled for Max Huber at the end of the fourth. Badgley finished with seven saves against 10 goals allowed after Himes gave up six tallies and recorded a trio of stops in the first quarter. Huber did not face an on-target attempt during his 1:43 of action.

Shots were even at 35-35 between the sides, but the Minutemen scooped up 35 groundballs to just 23 for Providence while Calvello won 21 of the 30 faceoffs taken. Ryan Shaw was 8-of-23 for the Friars while Jake Newman won one in seven attempts.

The Minutemen were 10-for-12 on clears while Providence finished 11-of-16. Each side had seven caused turnovers during the game.

Massachusetts opens Colonial Athletic Association competition at No. 5/7 Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Saturday, March 15.

 

 

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