Towson Downs UMass to Take Fourth Straight
from staff reports
TOWSON, Md. — Junior Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and senior Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson (7-5, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) defeated UMass (5-6, 0-3 CAA), 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium.
It was the Tigers' fourth straight win since a March 16 loss to Duke.
After a first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter — insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.
Sophomore Greg Cuccinello tied his career high with two goals. Sophomores Rob Zoppo, Cory Dobyns and Ben McCarty and junior Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. Wascavage's 20 saves are a season high and fell one short of his career high. UMass had five different players - Kyle Smith, Matt Whippen, Connor Mooney, Colin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen.
For just the third time all season, Towson got on the board first. Dobyns took a behind the head shot off a pass from Grimaldi at 12:40 in the second quarter. Smith took advantage of an extra-man opportunity at 6:02 in the second when the Tigers were called for a 30-second hold, but Towson then scored five unanswered goals to take its 6-1 lead.
Whippen stopped the Tigers' run with an unassisted goal at 1:38. However, Grimaldi scored back-to-back and Cuccinello added his second when he ripped a shot past Oliveri, beating the goal high left. UMass began its comeback with 5:03 left in the game on a goal from Manny. Mooney and Fleming added their tallies at 4:21 and 3:30 in the fourth, respectively, but the effort fell short.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 13 when they travel to University Park to face No. 13 Penn State.
NOTES: Grimaldi's hat trick was the first of his career ... his four points on the day were a career high ... Towson is 3-0 when scoring first this season ... the last time the Tigers were 3-0 in the CAA was 2010 ... Towson's win snaps UMass' three-game win streak in the series ... this is the fourth straight game the Tigers have limited their opponent to less than nine goals and fifth time in the last six games ... Juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Hodgson and senior Andrew Wascavage continued streaks - DeNapoli and Hodgson each have a point in 13 consecutive games, while Wascavage has made 10+ saves in 13 straight contests.