Balanced Scoring, Tough Defense Leads No. 2 UMass To 15-3 Win Over Saint Joseph's
March 31, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - For just the third time in program history, the No. 2 UMass men's lacrosse team improved to 9-0 on the season after a 15-3 win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. The Minutemen started the 1981 and 2001 seasons with 9-0 records as well. Will Manny posted eight points on the day with three goals and five assists, while the UMass defense clamped down on the Hawks allowing a season-low three goals.
Along with the 9-0 overall record, UMass also improves to 2-0 in the CAA. The Minutemen will return to action next Saturday, April 7 against CAA foe Towson at Garber Field. Saint Joseph's falls to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in league play.
Manny's outing marked the fifth-time this season where he posted six points or more in a game. His five assists tied his career-high which he previously set Tuesday against Harvard.
Art Kell notched five points in the game with a pair of goals and five assists, while Anthony Biscardi tallied three goals and an assist. Connor Mooney and Colin Fellming each posted a pair of goals as well.
The Hawks were led by Augustus Quinzani who scored a pair of fourth quarter man-up goals. Ryan McGee scored Saint Joseph's other goal and added a pair of assists. Griffin Ferrigan took the loss making 10 saves.
Faceoffs were the key to the game with the Minutemen winning 14-of-18 on the day. Anthony Toresco was nearly perfect going 8-for-9 while scooping up four groundballs to lead UMass.
Paced by five different goal scorers, UMass cruised to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. The Minutemen added two in the second including a tally from Biscardi with nine seconds to go before halftime.
The Hawks started the second half with 50 seconds left on a man-up advantage, but UMass was able to kill it off. Kell scored his second of the day midway through the third quarter as UMass tallied five more goals to go up 12-0 entering the fourth.
Mooney capitalized on a pair of extra-man opportunities with a goal at the 14:44 mark and his second just 25 seconds later. Brendan Schroeder netted his first goal as a Minuteman at the 6:43 mark giving UMass a 15-0 lead.
Three penalties on the Minutemen in the final four minutes of play led to the three Hawks goals. Quinzani scored his first with 3:55 to go before adding another 28 seconds later. McGee scored with 2:12 left in the game to give the final score.