Men's Lax Wraps Up Perfect Regular-Season With 17-6 Win At Delaware
April 27, 2012
NEWARK, Del. - Tewaaraton nominees Will Manny and Anthony Biscardi combined for 13 of the Minutemen's 28 points as the No. 2 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated Delaware 17-6 on Friday evening to conclude the regular-season. UMass posted its first perfect regular-season since 1969 - the only other squad in program history to do so.
The Minutemen also tied the program's record for wins in a season at 13 and will have a chance to break that record next Wednesday in the CAA Semifinals at Garber Field (7 PM). The win improved UMass to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the CAA. Delaware concluded its season with a 6-9 record and a 1-5 mark in league play.
Manny led all scorers with eight points on six goals and two assists, while Biscardi had four goals and one assist. Kyle Smith had two goals, two assists and four groundballs, while Art Kell (2 goals, 1 assist), Mike Fetterly (1 goal, 1 assist), and Steve D'Amario (1 goal, 2 assists). Tom Celentani anchored a stout defensive effort with three caused turnovers and four groundballs aiding goalie Tim McCormack who earned the win with 11 saves.
The Blue Hens were led by Carter Bloor who scored three goals. Leading scorer Gran Kaleikau was held to just one goal and one assist on the day. Brett Anton took the loss in cage making 10 saves, but allowing 13 goals. Chris Herbert relieved Anton for the final 16:56 of play making four saves.
The two teams traded goals to start the game, but the Minutemen caught fire bridging a five goal run over the first and second quarters to take a 6-1 lead with 3:13 remaining before halftime.
Bloor tallied the first goal of the second half to pull Delaware within four, 7-3, but Biscardi scored his second tally of the day just over two minutes later to spark a three goal run. Manny capped the quick run with an unassisted goal at the 6:55 mark of the third extending the lead to 10-3. The Minutemen closed the third quarter on a three goal run making the score 13-4 heading into the fourth.
Manny and Kell each scored midway through the fourth to close out the UMass scoring. Delaware's John Austin scored with 64 seconds left in the game to give the 17-6 final.
The Minutemen held a 42-to-29 shot advantage in the game. Sharp-shooting proved the difference - especially in the third quarter where the Minutemen posted six goals on 10 shots. UMass also won 15-of-26 faceoffs and were 2-for-8 on the extra-man opportunity while holding Delaware 0-for-7 on the man advantage.