Massachusetts Falls At Drexel's Vidas Field, 13-9
April 12, 2014
PHILADELPHIA - The No. 14 University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team faltered in a 13-9 game at Drexel's Vidas Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. Senior Connor Mooney led the offense with five points on three goals and a pair of assists while freshman Grant Consoletti earned a single-game personal best four points via a pair of goals and as many assist.
James Fahey provided four caused turnovers and as many groundballs as the Minuteman defense forced 12 Drexel turnovers in-total, tied for the most UMass has created in one game during the 2014 season. Austin Spencer scooped up three groundballs and caused a pair of turnovers to aid Fahey while six additional Minutemen forced one each.
Nick Trizano scored three times for the Dragons while Ryan Belka, Jared Boudreau, Ben McIntosh and Jules Raucci had two goals apiece.
Drexel produced five goals during the pivotal fourth quarter after the Minutemen entered the final frame within one of tying, 8-7. Belka started a streak of three consecutive tallies for the Dragons, who entered the game receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20, with 13 minutes, six seconds left in the game.
Raucci pushed the home side ahead by three, 10-7 before Trizano secured a goal with 10:29 to play. Consoletti broke the stretch 81 seconds later on a feed from Mooney. The Dragons added two more before Mooney completed his hat trick with 38 seconds to play in the contest.
Mooney netted all three of his goals during the final 31 minutes of competition. The senior ended scoring in the second quarter before providing the lone goal of the third for either side.
With UMass trailing, 8-5 and time winding down toward the opening half, Mariano found Mooney at the crease near the left post with a high pass from X. Mooney adjusted to the play, jumped to corral the ball and shot downward by Drexel goalie Wil Gabrielsen. Mooney added his second of the day only 1:54 into the third quarter as Massachusetts closed the gap to 8-7.
Six separate Minutemen tallied one goal each during the opening half as the offense was spread across the starting attackman and first and second midfield lines.
Whiteway even the game at 1-1 with an athletic play at the crease with 11:53 left in the quarter. The junior from Billerica, Mass., nabbed a rebound from a Cleary on-target shot and sent in a behind-the-back attempt over his right shoulder.
After Boudreau responded for the Dragons, Massachusetts used consecutive 30-second penalties issued against Drexel's Jason Klunder and Mason Pynn to knot it again. Mariano took a feed from Consoletti at the right post and faked high before shooting low to score the second of the game for UMass.
Cleary gave the Minutemen a one-goal advantage only 40 seconds later. The junior midfielder rushed at the Dragons' defense, shifted to his left and rippled the netting with a blast from 10 yards away.
Drexel responded with three straight goals - one each from Raucci, Joseph Rainoldi and Cole Shafer - to close the first quarter ahead, 5-2. However, UMass fought back to within 5-4 less than four minutes into the second on back-to-back strikes from Consoletti and George.
Mooney created Consoletti's scoring opportunity when he intercepted a McIntosh pass near midfield and sent the play immediately to Consoletti, who sent a shot into an open Drexel goal at the 13:49 mark.
George keyed in from 15 yards away just over two minutes later for his ninth tally of the season to secure his second consecutive game with a goal and fourth in the last five contests.
Gabrielsen finished with 13 saves for Drexel while Zach Oliveri had nine for the Minutemen. Oliveri played the opening 59 minutes of the contest before Reed Goodhue rotated into the lineup to backstop Massachusetts.
The Minutemen led the Dragons in shots, 36-33 while Drexel picked up more groundballs, 31-25. Massachusetts committed 13 turnovers to Drexel's 18 while both sides finished 13-of-15 on clears.
UMass went 3-for-5 on extra-man opportunities with Mariano and George's lone goals and Consoletti's second of the day coming during EMO chances. Drexel went 2-for-7 in the category as six of those opportunities occurred during the first half.
UMass men's lacrosse returns home for its final regular season contest at Garber Field when No. 16 Hofstra (9-3, 3-0) visits Amherst, Mass., on Saturday, April 19 for a 7 p.m. contest.