Manny's Career Day Leads UMass Past Army
from press release
|Courtesy UMass Athletics|
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Will Manny scored a career-high seven goals and nine points to lead the No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team to a 12-9 season-opening win at Army on Friday afternoon at Michie Stadium. Manny's nine-point performance was the first since Jeff Zywicki did the same against Albany in 2003. The win was also head coach Greg Cannella's 150th career victory.
UMass (1-0) will host No. 12 Bucknell next Saturday at Garber Field to open the home slate of action.
Along with Manny's career day, Kyle Smith posted a career-high four goals including a pair of key tallies late in the fourth quarter after Army (0-1) had pulled within a goal.
Tim McCormack picked up with win in cage making eight saves.
The Black Knights were led by Andrew Boyd, Garrett Thul, and John Glesener who each had two goals. Zach Palmieri took the loss in goal making 10 saves.
Smith started the scoring on the day at the 12:18 mark of the first quarter. His goal was followed up by a pair of Manny tallies as the Minutemen took a 3-0 lead with 4:24 left in the first. Army climbed back with a pair of markers to make it a 3-2 game heading into the second quarter.
With a man-up advantage still left from the end of the first, Manny capitalized just 14 seconds into the second quarter giving UMass a 4-2 lead. Colin Fleming added a goal just over two minutes later to put the Minutemen up by three.
Army again answered with a pair of goals, but Manny added his fourth and fifth goals of the first half followed by a man-up score from Smith to give UMass an 8-5 lead at halftime. The teams traded a pair of goals in the second half with Manny scoring his sixth and seventh tallies in that frame. His unassisted goal off a losse ball outside the creast gave the Minutemen a 10-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Thul scored at the 11:00 mark of the fourth quarter and Glesener added another tally with 7:02 left to pull the Black Knights within one, 10-9, but Smith added another pair of goals and the defense stood tall aided by three saves from McCormack in the final six minutes.
Manny narrowly missed tying the UMass record for most goals in a game when his shot with 5:57 left in the game hit the inside of the backside post.
The Minutemen outshot Army 36-to-32 for the day and were 2-for-3 with the man-up advantage, while holding the Black Knights to just 1-for-3 with the extra man.
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