#13 UMass Thwarted By #18 Brown's Burke & Company, 9-8
March 14, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass shot early and often, but Brown's All-American goalie Jordan Burke was up to the challenge has he posted 20 saves as the No. 18 Bears topped the No. 13 Minutemen, 9-8, on a sunny afternoon at Garber Field. The Minutemen had multiple chances late in the game, but Burke stopped five shots in the fourth quarter quarter including three saves in the final minute as UMass (3-3) peppered him. Minuteman goalie Doc Schneider was stellar as well making 14 saves between the pipes. Brown (4-1) received a career day from senior Reade Seligmann, who posted his first-career hat trick. Freshman Rob Schlesinger also scored the first two goals of his career for Brown.
UMass senior Jim Connolly scored two goals for the Minutemen but was stopped by Burke twice in the final 30 seconds. Freshman Art Kell had his first-career multi-point day with a goal and two assists.
Seligmann's second goal which he shot between his legs with six seconds left in the third quarter was the decisive goal as it broke a 6-6 tie and Brown would never trail. He added his third of the game 2:51 into the fourth quarter for the two-goal edge, 8-6.
The Minutemen got to within a goal twice in the final 12 minutes. Sophomore Ryan Hantverk ripped a laser to cut the lead to 8-7 with 11:59 left in regulation. Schlesinger, who scored his first goal on a midfield run to goal in the second quarter, scored an unassisted goal with 10:11 left in the game. UMass once again came to within one as senior Tim Balise took a pretty feed from Kell and beat Burke on the left side with 9:36 left in the game. But that was the last ball to reach the back of the net on either side.
Brown jumped out to a 5-2 lead with 5:16 left in the second quarter as Schlesinger's tally, but UMass rallied back. Connolly took a feed from Zack Rodgers behind the net and scored with 4:36 left in the first half. Early in the second half, Rory Pedrick goal from Anthony Biscardi cut the lead to 5-4. But a big momentum changer took place as UMass failed to score on a man-advantage which turned into a long clear for Brown with was finished by Kyle Hollingsworth with 9:35 left in the third. That gave the Bears a 6-4 lead.
UMass tied the game on goals by Connolly and a Bobby Hayes blast with 1:18 left in the third quarter. But Seligmann's heroics gave the Bears the lead for good.
The Minutemen outshot the Bears 46-34, the second game in a row with at least 46 shots, that didn't result in a win as they lost to Albany (12-9) on Tuesday with 48 shots. UMass' man-down defense, which among the nation's top five was also outstanding again as they kept Brown scoreless on six opportunties. The Minutemen's close defensemen Brennan Mack, Diogo Godoi, Greg Anderson and Travis Tripucka blanked Brown's top scorer Andrew Feinberg and limited Andrew Hollingsworth and Andrew Muldoon to just one goal apiece.
The Minutemen return to action next Saturday at #14 Loyola, at 1 p.m. in Baltimore in the ECAC opener for UMass.