Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/5/12
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Top-ranked UMass scored five straight goals in the third period to break a 5-5 tie and went on to an 18-12 win against No. 19 Drexel in the CAA Championship game at Amherst.
Colin Fleming (St. Joseph’s Prep) had a goal for the Minutemen, who go into the NCAA tourney with a perfect 15-0 record; the Dragons fell to 8-8 on the season.
The Dragons trailed by just a goal after the first period, 4-3, despite turning the ball over six times. UMass opened the scoring just 58 seconds in when Smith set up Hollenbaugh. The Dragons got on the board when Ryan Belka drove to the left and fired shot home. The Dragons took the lead on a Glynn goal at the 12:27 mark and the score remained the same until Connor Mooney tied it for the Minutemen with 5:20 to play.
Drexel’s Aaron Prosser and UMass’ Ryan Izzo swapped scores to even the game at 3-3. All three Drexel goals in the first were unassisted as the Dragons went one-on-one to beat Tim McCormack four times. Smith finished out the quarter with his first goal of the night giving UMass the lead.
Drexel’s Kyle Bergman knotted the score at five, but the Minutemen went on a 5-0 run to take a commanding lead in the second quarter. Anthony Toresco won the face-off cleanly and set up Art Kell to give UMass the lead. Kyle Smith scored three times during the run for the Minutemen during the period and Ryan Hollenbaugh added another. The Dragons finally broke the drought when Brendan Glynn (St. Joseph’s Prep) scored his second goal of the game with 1:14 to play in the half as he received a feed from Chris Farquhar, who was behind the cage, and put it home. UMass won eight of 10 face-offs in the quarter.
UMass continued its strong play in the third, scoring three times in the first four minutes of the quarter. Andrew Vivian cut the deficit to 13-7 when he scored an unassisted goal, coming out from behind the cage to stuff a goal home. UMass had goals from Art Kell and Will Manny sandwiched around Kyle Bergman’s second goal of the game as the Minutemen led comfortably after three quarters, 15-8.
The Dragons wouldn’t quit and scored the first wo goals of the third to make it a 15-10 game. Robert Church had an unassisted goal at the 11:27 mark and Bergman set up Aaron Prosser on the man-up for his 24th of the year. However, the Dragons were hit with a pair of penalties in the final seven minutes and capitalized with two man-up goals to put the game away.
Glynn led the Dragons with three goals and now has 26 on the year. Bergman added two goals and an assist. His assist on Prosser’s goal in the fourth quarter gave him 100 career points at Drexel. Prosser and Church each had two goals. Glynn, Bergman and Mark Manos (Salesianum School) were named to the All-Tournament team. Manos had 11 saves in the game.
Kyle Smith had a career-best eight points to lead the Minutemen. Kell added five points, while Manny and Toresco each had four. Toresco, who was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Championship, won 18 of his 26 face offs. McCormack made five of his 10 saves in the fourth quarter for UMass.
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