February 8, 2014

Massachusetts Men Edge Army, 6-5

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Army Recap

WEST POINT, N.Y. - The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program opened its 2014 season with a 6-5 victory at Army's Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., on Saturday. Junior Grant Whiteway and freshman Nick Mariano each recorded a pair of goals to pace the offense while redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri made eight saves.

Mariano's classmates Grant Consoletti and Jeff George added one goal each to round out the goal scorers as four of the six tallies came from first-year players. Senior Connor Mooney added two assists to secure a pair of points while Ryan Izzo and Robert Lynott provided one helper apiece.

John Glesener finished with two goals and one assist to pace Army. Matt Bowman, Will Mazzone and Shea Mullins netted one mark each while Mazzone totaled an assist for two points on the game.

Consoletti and Mariano generated the UMass offense in the first quarter with help from Lynott and Mooney as the Minutemen raced to a 3-0 lead.

Lynott found Consoletti 15 yards out from the front of the Army cage to give the Minutemen their first goal of the season. Consoletti caught the pass and fired a shot by Army goalie Sam Somers on the right side with exactly 10 minutes remaining in the first.

Mariano followed with back-to-back goals as the Minutemen struck in front, 3-0. Mooney dished it to Mariano at the circle for the freshman to drop a shot into the right side to double the UMass lead at the 5:43 mark.

Mariano added his second tally of the day unassisted only one minute, 17 seconds later. He raced around the goal to the right and sent an attempt by Somers into the left side. Army responded with three consecutive goals in the second quarter to tie the game at 3-3. Glesener tallied the first, followed by Bowman and Mazzone.

George became the third UMass freshman to score with an unassisted shot that slipped just under the crossbar toward the right side of the cage with 3:19 left in second.

Following the halftime break, Izzo and Whiteway teamed up to net a goal in transition for a 5-3 advantage. Izzo scooped up a loose ball near midfield and raced down the right sideline. The redshirt-junior cut toward the goal, drew Army's close defense and sent the play to Whiteway for him to beat Somers with 9:22 remaining in the third.

Whiteway earned his second of two tallies at the 3:11 mark to secure the eventual game-winning goal. Mooney stood behind the cage and waited for Whiteway to find an open space in front before slotting a pass to the Billerica, Mass., native that Whiteway buried.

The Minuteman defense was able to hold off a late Army charge to secure the win as the Black Knights notched the final two goals of the game to pull within 6-5 of UMass. Glesener netted Army's fourth goal with just under 12 minutes to go while Mullins followed with 8:44 to play to make it a one-goal game.

However, the UMass defense clamped down the make the 6-5 margin hold strong as the Minutemen used a pair of caused turnovers in the final three minutes of the game to seal with victory.

Austin Spencer knocked the ball away from Tyler Kamide with 2:33 left and Kyle Karaska recovered for the Minutemen. UMass cleared the play, but a deflected shot from George gave possession back to the Black Knights for another chance.

With Gunnar Miller racing upfield for Army, Aaron Madaisky challenged Miller and dislodged the ball, which Brendan Schroeder nabbed before UMass called a timeout with 1:20 left.

Following the break, Whiteway was trapped behind the Black Knights cage and Army recovered the dropped ball but the home side was unable to generate an attacking run the rest of the way.

Army outshot Massachusetts, 27-20 while the Minutemen secured more groundballs, 23-19. Joe Calvello won six of his 13 faceoffs while he tied with James Fahey for the most groundalls scooped up with three.

The Black Knights committed 11 turnovers to 10 for UMass. The Maroon and White finished 12-for-13 of clears while Army went 10-for-13, through Massachusetts forced three failed clearing attempts from the Black Knights in the second half.

Seven Minutemen made their first appearances with the squad at Army. Consoletti, Madaisky and Mariano started, with Consoletti and Mariano on attack and Madaisky in the midfield. George, Dylan Gruder, Spencer and Paul Spinney also saw the field.

The Minutemen continue their season against Ohio State in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic, hosted at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m.

Army Recap

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Junior attackman John Glesener scored a pair of goals and an assist to lead an Army lacrosse team that came up on the short end of a 6-5 decision against Massachusetts on Saturday morning at Michie Stadium.

In a game originally scheduled for Sunday but adjusted in anticipation of snow, the Black Knights bounced back from a 3-0 first-quarter deficit to score five of the final eight goals of the game. Army also trailed 6-4 at the start of the fourth quarter and got goals from Glesener and sophomore midfielder Shea Mullins to make it a one-goal game with 8:44 to play. The Black Knights could not cash in on a minute man-up opportunity and lost possession in the final minute to allow UMass to evade the equalizer.

"First and foremost, I'd like to thank both UMass and our administration for making this game happen today," said Army head coach Joe Alberici following the game. "We needed to get this one in and know it took a Herculean effort to do so. I appreciate everyone's hard work in getting that done.

"Every time we play UMass, we know we have to earn whatever we get," he continued. "Our kids played their tails off today but came up just short. I thought we played with passion and intensity, but certainly some areas still need some work moving forward."

Glesener's three points led all players, while sophomore attackman Will Mazzone finished with two points (1G, 1A). Freshman middie Matt Bowman scored in his first collegiate start, while sophomore attackman Connor Cook added an assist.

The Black Knights held a 27-20 advantage in shots, while the Minutemen won the ground ball battle, 23-19. UMass committed 10 turnovers and went 0-for-5 man-up. Army's tallied 11 miscues and was 1-of-2 EMO.

Mazzone, Pat Hart, Billy Baird, Sean Jollota, Alex Daly and Tyler Kamide each tallied a pair of ground balls. Junior defensive middie Al DeStefano caused two UMass turnovers.

In a battle of two of the nation's top face-off men, Daly won 7-of-13 face-offs against UMass senior Joe Calvello.

UMass scored the first three goals of the game and held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Black Knights got things rolling on Glesener's 15-yard rip from the left side at 13:49 of the second. Glesener's goal marked Army's lone EMO tally of the afternoon. Bowman followed with his first collegiate goal, a close-range score off a Mazzone feed with 7:46 on the clock. Army continued to click the rest of the half as Glesener hit Mazzone on the run at 5:46 to make it 3-3. A late UMass goal gave the Minutemen a 4-3 halftime advantage.

Much like the first quarter, the third frame belonged to UMass as it took a 6-3 lead with a pair of goals. The Black Knight' man-down unit stood tall through four third-period penalties, as Grant Whiteway scored twice even to give the Minutemen a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth.

Glesener's second goal of the game lifted Army with just over four minutes into the four quarter. Cook fed Glesener from "x" to help make it a 6-4 contest. Mullins netted his first career goal unassisted from 10-yards out to pull the Black Knights within 6-5 with 8:44 remaining.

With time winding down, Jollota caused a turnover that gave the Black Knights the ball with a minute to go. Army could not clear it through the UMass pressure and did not get a final shot off.

Whiteway paced the Minutemen with his two goals.

Army junior goaltender Sam Somers made six saves in 60:00 of work, while UMass' Zach Oliveri made eight stops to earn the win.

Army heads on the road for its next three games, beginning with a trek to VMI next Saturday, Feb. 15, for a noon start in Lexington, Va.

GAME NOTES: Senior tri-captain Nick Isnardi led the team onto the field with the American flag ... Saturday's game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but moved back a day due to impending snow ... Army and UMass met for the fourth season-opener in a row Saturday ... freshmen Matt Bowman, Tim Stackpole, Henry White and Gunnar Miller all made their collegiate debuts.

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