April 7, 2012

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Unbeaten UMass Cruises Past Towson, 14-13

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - It was a complete team effort that lifted the No. 2 UMass men's lacrosse team over No. 19 Towson, 14-3, on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. The pregame ceremonies were marked with honoring the graduating seniors, as the Minutemen improved to a program historical best 10-0 to start the 2012 campaign.Greg Cannella's squad remains undefeated in CAA play with a 3-0 record.

It was not a senior, but a junior leading the way as Kyle Smith scored four times, tying his career-high, and added two assists for six points. Colin Fleming added a hat trick, while Art Kell did it all notching two goals and three assists. UMass point-leader Will Manny was also a bright spot on Senior Day with two scores and as many helpers.

Play was not what UMass is used to in the first half, as the Minutemen were only able to tally two scores in the first and second quarters, making the score 4-2 going into halftime. The Minutemen would have gone into the break leading 3-1, but Towson's Thomas DeNapoli connected with Andrew Hodgson with just three seconds in the stanza to make it 3-2. UMass did not waste any time, as Anthony Toresco quickly won the ensuing faceoff, and whipped a pass to Kyle Smith for his first score of the game, making it a two-goal lead heading into the final 30 minutes of play.

As the contest was a tale of two halves, the Minutemen exploded offensively in the second half, opening the third quarter with three straight scores to extend the lead to five, making it 7-2. Following a Tiger goal at 5:32 left to play in the quarter, it was all maroon and white for the remainder of the game. Cannella's squad added seven unanswered goals to pull away with the 11-goal margin of victory.

Andrew Hodgson, Sean Maguire, and Matt Hughes each added a goal towards the Tigers' efforts at Garber Field. Thomas DeNapoli finished the game with a team high two points on two assists.UMass reeled off a season-high 55 shots compared to Towson's 24. Ground balls were 28-15 in favor of the Minutemen, and the UMass faceoff men added a 14-of-19 advantage. Tim McCormack, a senior honored before the game, tallied 11 saves in between the pipes.

The Minutemen continued to push forward with a trip to Drexel on April 14 for a 2 p.m. faceoff.


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