Men's Lacrosse Drops 7-6 Decision At Saint Joseph's
March 30, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Despite two-goal performances from Ryan Izzo and Matt Whippen, UMass men lacrosse faltered in a 7-6 contest at Saint Joseph's Finnesey Field on Saturday afternoon. Senior attack Will Manny earned two points on a goal - the 99th of his career with the Minutemen - and an assist while classmate Kyle Smith added a pair of assists. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway recorded one goal and senior midfielder Bobby Tyler had a helper to round out the Minutemen offense.
Saint Joseph's (5-6 overall, 1-2 CAA) offense used a decisive run of three consecutive goals during the third quarter to push ahead for a 7-5 advantage entering the final stanza. Pat Swanick notched the first before Kyle Williams and Michael Dougherty added a goal each, with Dougherty's coming as two seconds remained in the quarter.
Whippen brought the Minutemen (5-5, 0-2) within one goal of tying at the 8:43 mark of the fourth on a hard shot from the left side of the cage following a pass from Manny; however, UMass was unable to respond further during the remaining time.
Whiteway opened scoring with the sophomore's 13th goal of the season at the 9:44 mark of the first. Whiteway received a pass from Tyler 10 feet from the cage and placed a turnaround attempt into the back of the net.
Saint Joseph's responded with back-to-back tallies from Dougherty and Richard Gabelman before the Minutemen were able to even the contest at 2-2. Smith sent the play to Whippen in front of the net, with the junior midfielder dropping his stick low to send an underhanded shot by Hawks goalie Dustin Keen with 43 seconds to play in the first.
Izzo pushed UMass in front during the final seconds of the first quarter. Following a faceoff, the Minutemen moved possession into the defensive area before Izzo took control of the ball. The redshirt-sophomore midfielder then raced upfield, weaving toward the goal before converting a shot with seven seconds to play in the quarter to give UMass a 3-2 lead entering the second.
Swanick set up Matthew Sarcona with Sarcona's 10th goal of the season as the Hawks evened play at 3-3 with 11:07 to play in the second; however, Izzo's ability to shield possession and rush through the midfield proved vital for UMass' fourth goal and the second of the day for the Walpole, Mass., native. Following a James Fahey caused turnover, Izzo scooped up the loose ball and raced down the field before firing a shot from the left post with 9:05 remaining in the third to push UMass in front, 4-3.
After a Johnny Simanski tally to continue the back-and-forth flow of the game, Manny responded with an attempt from in front of the net. Manny placed his shot low and into the right-center of the back of the net with 12:08 remaining in the third to give the Minutemen another one-goal advantage.
The Minutemen outshot the Hawks, 29-24 and recorded a 21-16 lead in groundballs. Midfielder Joe Calvello won eight of the 14 faceoffs the junior took while James Fahey finished 1-for-1 in the category. UMass went 20-for-23 on clears while the Hawks ended 18-for-19. Redshirt-freshman Zach Oliveri earned three saves for the Minutemen while Keen finished with 13 stops for the home side.
Saint Joseph's was led by Dougherty's two goals while Simanski recorded one tally and a pair of assists. Swanick also recorded a multi-point day for the Hawks with a goal and one helper.
The Minutemen continue Colonial Athletic Association competition on the road with a contest at Towson (5-5, 1-0) on Saturday, April 6, in Baltimore, Md.