Men's Lacrosse Drops High-Scoring Battle With No. 17 Drexel, 15-14
April 13, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway earned a career-high five goals and senior attack Kyle Smith tied a personal best with eight points; however, UMass men's lacrosse faltered in a 15-14 contest against No. 17 Drexel on Saturday. Senior attack Will Manny provided six points on a pair of goals and four helpers while Smith finished with three goals and a single-game career high five assists. Junior attack Connor Mooney added three goals and an assist to complete the trio of Minutemen recording hat tricks at Garber Field against the Dragons.
Goalies Zach Oliveri and Reed Goodhue split time in the cage for the Minutemen, with Oliveri making five stops against seven goals allowed in the first half before Goodhue turned aside 11 shots in the second while giving up eight tallies. Senior attack Bobby Tyler recorded a pair of assists against the Dragons to move his season total to 14, securing his first goal of the 2013 campaign as well.
Drexel (9-3 overall, 4-1 CAA) used three straight goals during the fourth quarter to move ahead for good, 15-13. Frank Fusco started the run unassisted with 12:05 to play before Nick Trizano converted a pass from Ryan Belka to push the Dragons in front by one at the 7:13 mark. Chris Frederick completed the scoring effort for Drexel on a feed from Trizano with 4:28 left to earn the eventual margin of victory for the Dragons.
Kyle Smith had a chance to rally the Minutemen one more time stopped by Drexel goalie Cal Winkleman as time expired in the contest. Senior defender Jake Smith forced a Robert Church turnover in the UMass defensive zone to earn UMass possession with seven seconds to play. Jake Smith sent the play forward to Manny near the midline as Kyle Smith raced onto the field from the substitution box. Manny found Kyle Smith unguarded 10 yards from the left post of the Drexel cage, with Smith catching and firing a low, on-target attempt that was blocked by Winkleman to prevent the Minutemen from equalizing.
Drexel notched a goal each from Frederick and Ben McIntosh to stake the visitors to a 2-0 lead with 8:39 remaining in the first before UMass responded with four consecutive tallies to establish the back-and-forth offensive play shown throughout the contest.
Whiteway earned his first of five goals on a pass from Manny with 3:45 to play in the opening quarter. Manny followed up his helper with a goal only 2:06 later to even the contest at 2-2. The Minutemen continued the run with back-to-back tallies to start the second quarter as Mooney earned a goal only 23 seconds into the stanza. Whiteway followed at the 12:01 mark before four straight Drexel marks gave the visitors a 6-4 lead approaching halftime.
Tyler broke the Drexel scoring stretch on his first goal of the year with 2:28 to play in the second. Tyler controlled play 20 yards from the Drexel cage and sprinted toward the net before placing a shot by Winkleman to cut the deficit to 6-5.
Kyle Smith followed with back-to-back goals spanning 26 seconds to put UMass in front, 7-6. To notch the first of the duo, Smith converted an acrobatic play at the left post for the goal. Met by a defender at the crease, Smith jumped into the air in an attempt to dodge the hit and create a shooting angle, being spun 360 degrees as a result of the physical play while depositing a one-handed attempt into the back of the cage.
The Minutemen (5-7, 0-4) appeared to be headed to the break with a one-game advantage after Kyle Smith added UMass' seventh of the day following a pass from Ryan Izzo with 59 seconds left in the second; however, Robert Church rallied the Dragons following the ensuing faceoff. After Drexel established possession following a UMass turnover, Church raced from the left post toward the center of the field before firing an attempt on-target with 17 seconds left to tie the game at 7-7.
The Minutemen maintained their scoring output during the final half, with Mooney and Whiteway notching a goal each only nine seconds apart to stake UMass to a 9-7 lead with 12:41 to play in the third. After Mooney's tally with 12:50 remaining, UMass won the following faceoff, with junior midfielder Joe Calvello scooping up the groundball and racing toward the Drexel net to begin the fastbreak play. Calvello found Kyle Smith near the cage, with the Longmeadow, Mass., native distributing to Whiteway to complete the scoring chance.
After Drexel answered with consecutive tallies to even the score at 9-9, the squads exchanged goals throughout the reminder of the third until McIntosh added his fifth of the day with 1:49 to play to give the visiting side a 12-11 lead entering the final frame. With McIntosh scoring five goals to pace Drexel, Whiteway answered the Dragons' star with a set of goals to open the fourth and match McIntosh's output for the day.
Whiteway tied the contest at 12-12 with 13:11 to play on a pass from Tyler before using his 18th goal of the year to stake the Minutemen to a 13-12 lead 27 seconds later. After Drexel's run of three consecutive goals put the Dragons ahead 15-13 at the 4:28 mark, Manny added UMass' final tally of the day with 3:41 to play.
McIntosh's six points on five goals and an assist paced Drexel. Trizano (three goals, 1 assist), Church (two goals, two assists) and Frederick (two goals, two assists) each finished with four points on the day while Fusco added a hat trick with three tallies.
UMass finished with a slim advantage in shots, 46-45 and groundballs, 33-30. The Minutemen ended 16-of-18 on clear attempts while Drexel went 13-for-17. Oliveri and Goodhue combined for 16 stops for UMass while Winkleman notched 11 saves for the Dragons.
The UMass defense earned 10 caused turnovers against Drexel, with Jake Smith leading the way with four while adding five groundballs. Calvello finished with a team-best eight groundballs while winning 14-of-31 faceoffs.
UMass continues its season with a road contest at No. 20 Hofstra on Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m.