Men's Lacrosse Suffers 10-7 Loss To No. 9 Penn State In CAA Semifinals
May 1, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - After entering the fourth quarter tied, UMass men's lacrosse dropped its Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinal contest to top seed and No. 9 nationally ranked Penn State, 10-7 on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway led the squad at PSU Lacrosse Field with three goals while senior attack Will Manny chipped in three points on one tally and a pair of assists.
Junior midfielder Connor Mooney secured a pair of goals while senior midfielder Bobby Tyler dished out a pair of assists. Senior attack Kyle Smith rounded out the scoring group with one goal. Junior midfielder Joe Calvello won 13-of-21 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high five groundballs for the Minutemen.
With play knotted at 6-6 entering the final quarter, Penn State secured four consecutive goals to push in front, 10-6 with 5:18 to play. Shane Sturgis led the Nittany Lions with four goals and an assist while Jack Forster and T.J. Sanders added two a piece. Forster started the run of consecutive tallies with 12:11 to play, giving the home side a 7-6 lead. Sanders added his set of tallies between Sturgis' final goal to cap the scoring spree.
In the first quarter, after Penn State notched a pair of tallies to take a 2-0 lead, Smith responded with his 30th tally of the season to cut the deficit in half. Manny fed Smith a pass from behind the cage, with Smith firing a shot from in front into the right side with 9:12 to play in the first.
Manny earned his 200th career point on UMass second tally, sending a pass to Whiteway with 6:33 to play in the first half, knotting the contest at 2-2 in the process. After Kyle Zittel pushed Penn State in front by one at the 4:22 mark, the Minutemen secured back-to-back goals to take their first lead of the day.
Manny race around the right pipe with 3:19 remaining in the second to even play at 3-3 before Mooney followed 49 seconds later for the 4-3 advantage. From the left pipe, Mooney jumped at the crease to convert after starting the play behind the cage.
Sturgis notched a pair of goals - with the second coming at the 8:55 mark of the third - to push in front, 5-4 following the halftime break. However, Mooney netted his second of the day form five yards out on a pass from Tyler only two minutes later to erase the Nittany Lion lead.
Whiteway followed 66 seconds later to give UMass its final advantage of the day. The sophomore attack was knocked to the ground at the crease during the play, but was able to convert into bottom-right corner at the 5:47 mark in third.
Following Penn State's game-deciding streak of four goals to begin scoring in the final period, Whiteway secured his fifth collegiate hat trick. At the crease, Whiteway jumped to pull in a pass from Tyler and redirect the play into the back of the net with 4:33 to play.
Penn State outshot UMass, 41-38 while picking up more groundballs, 31-24. UMass committed more turnovers, 13-12 and went 0-for-3 on man-up situations. The Nittany Lions finished 1-for-3 during extra-man chances.
UMass finishes its season at 7-8 overall while the Nittany Lions improved to 12-3 and moved on to the CAA Tournament Championship, where the squad will face the winner of the Towson-Drexel contest.
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