Minutemen Set To Host Brown At Garber Field

UMass faces second consecutive Ivy League foe on Saturday afternoon

In 2013, UMass men’s lacrosse…
• Is undefeated in its last 19 regular season contests, starting the run with an 11-5 victory over Delaware on April 23, 2011.
• Started 3-0 for the 16th time in program history and third consecutive season.
• Had a pair of six-point performances against Army from players recording their first collegiate points in Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol.
• Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.
• Won its season-opener for the fifth consecutive season, dating back to 2008.

In 2012, UMass men’s lacrosse…
• Finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1969.
• Claimed victory in a single-season program-record 15 contests.
• Notched the best scoring margin among all NCAA Division-I teams at +5.75.
• Tallied the third-best scoring defense in the NCAA, limiting opponents to just 7.19 goals per game.
• Outscored opponents by 92 goals, 207-115 and recorded 175 more points, 344-169.
• Defeated four ranked opponents: #11 Ohio State, #12 Bucknell, #14 Penn State and #19 Towson.
• Won in overtime at Penn State, marking the eighth consecutive victory for UMass when the game goes to OT, dating back to the 2007 season.
• Had six players named USILA All-Americans, including 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist Will Manny.
• Placed in the top-10 nationally in 10 team categories and seven individual listings.

Brown men’s lacrosse heads to Garber Field for their second game of the season after dropping the first contest of the year, 9-7 to Quinnipiac on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Bears own a 26-24-1 all-time lead in the series between the programs and a 15-14 advantage when playing at UMass. Lars Tiffany is in his seventh season leading the squad and ninth year as a head coach overall, with Tiffany sporting a 69-50 record overall and 51-37 mark at Brown.

The Bears were led by a trio of three-point scorers against Quinnipiac, as Henry Blynn and Sam Hurster had a pair of goals and an assist each while Roger Ferguson added one tally and a pair of helpers. Brown led their season-opening contest through three quarters, 6-5; however, the Bobcats rallied with four goals in the final stanza to secure the comeback victory.

In 2012, Brown finished 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League play, including three in their final four. Parker Brown led the squad with 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points while Hurster followed at 31 tallies and eight helpers. Nick Piroli also eclipsed the 30-point mark, notching 23 marks and seven helpers.

Will Round served as the starting goalie for all 15 contests while accumulating 883:47 between the pipes. Round finished the year with a 9.03 goals-against average and .530 save percentage with 133 goals allowed and 150 stops. Corbin Booker finished out the remaining 32:07, adding a 16.81 goals-against average with nine allowed against six saves made.

Overall last year, Brown was outscored 142-136, but notched more points, 214-212 on the strength of a higher assists total, 78-70. Shot percentage favored opponents, .279-to-.270, while foes also grabbed more groundballs, 273-233 and won more faceoffs, 196-139.

Tim McCormack stopped a season-high 15 shots and Art Kell scored three goals while assisting on two others as No. 6 UMass defeated Brown, 12-7 on March 3, 2012, at Meister-Kavan Field. The Minutemen improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory.

McCormack’s efforts marked the second straight game for the netminder with double-digit saves after posting 11 in the win over No. 11 Ohio State. He was excellent in the fourth quarter, making eight saves on 15 Brown shots. The five-point game marked a season-high for Kell.

Tewaaraton Watch List midfielder Anthony Biscardi also added three goals in the win, while Will Manny, the nation’s second-leading point scorer entering the game, tallied two goals.

Greg Rushing had another solid game defensively with two caused turnovers and six groundballs to lead the Minutemen.

Brown (1-1) was led by Parker Brown, who tallied four goals. Sam Hurster, Stephen Loudon and Dan O’Brien each scored a goal in the loss. Will Round made 11 saves for the Bears on the game.

UMass jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 7:24 of the first quarter thanks to goals from Colin Fleming and Biscardi. O’Brien cut the lead in half midway through the period to make it a 2-1 game.

In the second quarter, Kell and Biscardi accounted for the only scoring as UMass took a 4-1 lead into halftime. Defensive special teams stood tall for the Minutemen as UMass killed off three Brown extra-man opportunities for a total of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

A pair of goals to start the third quarter built the Minutemen’s lead to 6-1, but Brown came back with scores from Brown and Hurster making it a 6-3 game with 3:32 to go.

Steve D’Amario took a Mike Fetterly feed with 2:04 left in the third quarter as UMass went back up 7-3 setting up a wild fourth quarter.

The Bears scored four goals in the fourth including a pair of Brown goals separated by 52 seconds in the final two minutes of play making it an 11-7 lead for UMass with 63 seconds to go.

Kell netted his third goal of the game to give the final score with 37 seconds left.

Brown held a 42-to-29 advantage in shots, but only 22 were on goal for the Bears. Both teams were held scoreless on the extra-man opportunities with UMass going 0-for-2 and Brown going 0-for-3.

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