Men's Lacrosse Falters In 15-7 Defeat At Delaware
April 25, 2014
NEWARK, Del. - Nick Mariano scored three goals and Connor Mooney provided two more, but the UMass men's lacrosse team was unable to overcome a strong start by Delaware in a 15-7 loss to the Blue Hens at Delaware Stadium on Friday evening. Mariano finished the game with five points courtesy of two assists to go with his fifth career hat trick. Mooney also helped out on a pair of goals.
The loss dropped Massachusetts to 7-6 on the season and 1-4 in CAA games to end the 2014 campaign. The win gave Delaware a berth into the upcoming CAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed, where the Blue Hens face top-seeded Hofstra on Wednesday, April 30.
Andrew Sokol tallied once and notched one assist while Matt Whippen rounded out the UMass scorers with one goal. Mariano also totaled three groundballs and a caused turnover while Aaron Madaisky also caused a Delaware turnover and scooped up two groundballs.
Tom Holland scored five times to lead the Blue Hens while Beau Jones totaled five points on three goals and a pair of assists. Connor Frisina, Jeff Heath and Dan Keane each earned a pair of tallies.
Mooney finished his career at UMass with 99 points, including a single-season personal-best of 38 during the 2014 campaign. Mariano led the squad in the category on the season with 39 through a team-best 29 goals to go with 10 assists.
Delaware (7-8, 1-4 CAA) scored all five of the opening-quarter goals to take a 5-0 lead into the first break. The Blue Hens earned two goals from Beau Jones and one each from Jeff Heath, Tom Holland and Dan Keane during the frame.
The home squad extended its lead to six goals before Whippen fired in an unassisted tally to put the Minutemen on the scoreboard. Whippen rolled to his right toward the post and cut toward midfield before he blasted a low attempt beyond Delaware goalie Conor Peaks.
After the Blue Hens responded with one goal of their own, the Minutemen notched three consecutive tallies to cut within 7-4 in the closing minutes of the opening half.
Sokol found the back of the cage with six minutes, seven seconds to play in the second quarter to make it 7-2 on a pass from Mooney. After Delaware was hit with a pair of non-releasable penalties, including one stretching for three minutes, the Minutemen tallied twice more.
Mooney added his own goal on a feed from Mariano at the 4:13 mark before Mooney facilitated Mariano's first of the evening and 27th on the season only 48 seconds later.
However, the Minutemen entered the halftime break trailing, 8-4 as Holland registered his second goal of the game with 1:54 to play in the stanza.
The Blue Hens built upon their lead following halftime as Heath struck 1:43 into the quarter to put Delaware up by five. UMass responded with two more - one each from Mariano and Mooney - to again pull within three of tying.
Mooney scored his 18th of the year with 11:15 remaining to give Mariano his 10th assist of the freshman's first campaign as a Minuteman. Mariano followed with his second goal of the evening. He bested Peaks over the goalie's left shoulder 10 yards out from the right post to make it 9-6.
Holland started a four-goal run spanning the conclusion of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth to turn the 9-6 game into a 13-6 lead for the Blue Hens.
Mariano broke the streak when he intercepted a Delaware pass at midfield, charged on-goal and past Peaks with 7:33 to play but UMass was unable to draw closer. Frisina and Holland capped scoring with a goal each for the Blue Hens.
Delaware outshot UMass, 40-39 and picked up a 35-23 edge in groundballs. The Blue Hens also won 16 of the 25 faceoffs taken. Massachusetts forced 13 turnovers against only nine committed while the man-up unit finished 4-of-5 on the contest.