Amherst, Mass. - Art Kell and Kyle Smith each scored three goals and recorded two assists to lead #5 Massachusetts to a 17-7 win over UAlbany in non-conference men's lacrosse action at Garber Field on Tuesday afternoon. UAlbany falls to 0-4 on the season, while UMass improves to 5-0.
The Minutemen scored the first five goals of the game, with Kell scoring on an extra-man opportunity, and on a man-down play. The Great Danes ended their scoring drought with 4:27 left to play in the first quarter, as Joe Resetarits took an assist from Lyle Thompson to score his 10th goal of the season. UMass started the second quarter much like the first, scoring four straight goals to take a 9-1 lead. This time, it was Thompson who ended the scoreless stretch for UAlbany, tallying an unassisted shot with just under two minutes to play. However, Sean Cleary netted his first goal of the season with 1:02 left to play before the half, setting the score at 10-2 at the break.
The Great Danes regrouped at halftime, and came out firing, as Miles Thompson took an assist from Lyle to score the first goal of the second half with 11:39 on the clock. Will Manny scored two goals for the Minutemen, sandwiching a second goal from Resetarits, putting UMass ahead, 12-4, with 4:47 to play in the third. The Minutemen would add two more goals in the quarter, putting a 10-goal differential between themselves and the Great Danes after three quarters.
Resetarits completed his fourth hat trick of the season with a goal 29 seconds into the fourth quarter, with an assist from Ty Thompson on an extra-man opportunity. Bobby Tyler took an assist from goalkeeper Tim McCormack with just under 12 minutes to go, before Miles Thompson netted a goal for the Great Danes to cut the deficit back to single digits. The Minutemen would add two more goals to their final total, while Matthew Bertrams scored the last goal of the game for UAlbany with 1:38 left to play to set the final score.
UMass dominated the stats sheet, out-shooting the Great Danes, 52-26, while also holding a 36-13 advantage in groundballs. The Minutemen also won 21-of-25 face offs in the game, led by Anthony Toresco, who was 11-for-11. McCormack played 55:23 for UMass, making 11 saves, while Reed Goodhue closed out the game, stopping one shot. The teams substituted goalkeepers at the same time, as John Carroll also started and played the majority of the game for UAlbany, making 11 saves between the pipes, while freshman Max Huber made his first appearance for the Great Danes.UAlbany will return to action on Saturday, hosting Canisius at 1 p.m. at John Fallon Field.