April 27, 2012

Manny, Unbeaten UMass Overpower Blue Hens

from press release

Tim McCormack made 11 saves to help No. 2 UMass move to 13-0 for the season.

© Kevin P. Tucker

NEWARK, Del. -- The high-powered offense of undefeated University of Massachusetts was too much for the University of Delaware to handle Friday night as the Blue Hens dropped a 17-6 Colonial Athletic Association men’s lacrosse decision to the No. 2 ranked Minutemen in the season finale at Delaware Stadium.

Massachusetts, the CAA regular season champion, got six goals and two assists from Will Manny and multiple-goal efforts from three other players to improve to 13-0 (6-0 CAA). The Minutemen now advance to the CAA semifinals this Wednesday where they will host either Hofstra or Towson. No. 2 seed Penn State will host No. 3 seed Drexel in the other semifinal game. The finals will be held Saturday with the champion earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Delaware, which had its string of two straight CAA titles and NCAA Tournament appearances snapped this season, dropped its second straight and ended the year with a mark of 6-9 (1-5 CAA). A bright spot for the Hens Friday night was the play of senior midfielder Carter Bloor, who recorded a team-high three goals for his first career hat trick in his final game in a Delaware uniform.

He was among nine seniors who closed out their careers for the Blue Hens as he was joined by midfielders John Austin and Andrew Tanneberger, defender Tim Langmaid, attackman Grant Kaleikau, longstick midfielders Taylor Burns and John Bastone, shortstick midfielder Justin Martinelli, and faceoff specialist Dan Cooney.

Anthony Biscardi added four goals and an assist, Kyle Smith had two goals and two assists, and Art Kell contributed two goals and an assist to pace UMass, which entered the game leading the nation in scoring margin at +5.83 goals per game. Anthony Toresco also won 10 of 15 faceoffs to pace the UMass effort.

Kaleikau, a strong All-American candidate, capped an outstanding career for Delaware by adding a goal and assist for the Hens, extending his point-scoring streak to 18 games. Austin and sophomore Mark Yetter also netted goals for the Hens with Danny Keane, Connor McRoy, and Dom Sebastiani dishing out assists. Austin, who closed out his career as a five-year letterwinner, ended his career having scored a goal in eight straight games.

Massachusetts, the highest ranked opponent that Delaware has played since facing No. 2 ranked Hofstra in the 2006 CAA title game, posted the highest goal total of the season against the Hens as it was the most goals and highest win margin against Delaware since an 18-5 setback to Johns Hopkins on Feb. 22, 2010. Manny’s six goals and eight points were
also the highest scored against Delaware this spring.

UMass struck first in the game on a goal by Smith just four minutes in, but the Hens quickly answered and tied the score at 1-1 on a goal by Yetter with 7:55 left in the opening stanza. But that would be the last share of the lead the Hens would enjoy as Smith and Kell each scored during the final 1:32 of the stanza and UMass outscored the Hens 4-1 in the second quarter to take a 7-2 lead into the break.

Bloor scored his first goal of the game just two minutes into the second half to pull Delaware to within four goals, but UMass reeled off three straight before Bloor scored again at the 5:22 mark. The Minutemen then scored five straight to put the game away.

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