UMass Defense Dominates in Win Over Brown
from Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 13/13 UMass men's lacrosse team held Brown to just a pair of goals while 11 Minutemen notched at least one point to secure a 15-2 victory over the Bears at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I., on Saturday afternoon.
Nick Mariano led all scorers with six points on five goals and an assist. Through four games played as a freshman he leads the team with 15 points on 14 goals and one assist.
The game marks the first since the 2001 season that the Minutemen limited an opponent to just two goals. UMass last accomplished the feat against Boston College on March 21, 2001 in a 23-2 win.
The Minutemen improved to 4-0 with the win, the 12th time UMass has started a season with four consecutive victories and third instance in the previous four seasons. Brown dropped to 1-1 with the loss.
Jeff George followed four points, including three earned on assists, while Sean Clearyand Grant Whiteway added two goals and one helper apiece.
Connor Mooney, Andrew Sokol and Matt Whippen also recorded multi-point performances for the Minutemen. Mooney finished with a pair of assists while Sokol scored twice. Whippen earned one goal to go with facilitating another.
Joe Calvello led UMass with six groundballs while he won 8-of-18 faceoffs. Kyle Karaska followed with four groundballs to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Zach Oliveri started in goal and made 10 saves against only one goal allowed in 51 minutes, 34 seconds in the cage. Reed Goodhue replaced Oliveri with 8:26 left and stopped one shot while allowing the second Brown tally.
Four additional Minutemen notched one point each. Chas Robino and Brendan Schroeder notched one goal apiece while Grant Consoletti and Karaska each had one assist.Massachusetts recorded four consecutive goals to open the game and took a 4-0 lead into the final minute of the first quarter.
Cleary tallied back-to-back goals in the span of 98 seconds to put the Minutemen up by two. He scored unassisted at the 12-minute, 33-second mark for his first goal of the season and followed with another with 10:55 left on a feed from George.
Karaska earned his first point facilitating Schroeder's goal with 8:42 remaining in the frame before George helped out Whippen at the 4:30 mark to make it 4-0 UMass.
The Bears registered their first tally with 47 seconds left in the first on a Bellistri extra-man chance, but the Minutemen scored the next 11 goals to turn a 4-1 lead at the end of the first into a 15-1 advantage in the fourth.
Whippen dished it to Whiteway and the Billerica, Mass., native found the back of the net with 10:32 to play in the second to start the streak while Mariano earned his 10th tally of the year on a shot at the 3:05 mark to push the lead to five goals.
Following halftime, Sokol restarted the attack with a pass from Consoletti 2:42 into the third quarter. Mariano added three of the following four UMass tallies - broken up only by Whiteway's second of the day - to extend the advantage to 11-1 entering the final stanza.
Only 56 seconds into the fourth Sokol sent a shot in before George added his only goal of the game to make it 13-1 Minutemen with 12:56 to play. Mariano netted his fifth tally exactly one minute later while Robino rounded out scoring for UMass with 7:07 remaining.
The final score was reached when Lucchese scored on a Molloy assist with 6:17 left in the game.
The Minutemen led in shots, 39-28, on-target attempts, 25-13 and groundballs, 26-22. UMass finished 1-of-4 on extra-man opportunities while holding Brown to just one goal in eight EMO chances.
The Minutemen return to Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., for their next contest, a Saturday, March 8 meeting with No. 18/17 Albany at 1 p.m.
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