Kyle Smith, Will Manny combine for 10 goals, six assists on senior night
AMHERST, Mass. – Men’s lacrosse senior attack Kyle Smith earned a career-high nine points on six goals and three assists while classmate Will Manny scored four times and helped out on three more tallies during UMass’ 16-8 win over Delaware on Friday evening. The Minutemen remained in competition for the fourth and final seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament with the victory, needing a win over the Blue Hens to keep their playoff hopes alive. For UMass to earn the bid No. 8 nationally-ranked Penn State has to defeat Hofstra and Towson must win over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday, April 27.
Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway added a pair of tallies and one assist while junior midfielder Joe Calvello earned his first career multi-point game with one goal and an assist. Senior attack Bobby Tyler contributed two helpers while Colin Fleming also earned a pair of points, doing so on one mark to go with an assist.
The Minutemen took control of the game during the second quarter, as UMass outscored Delaware, 8-2 during the frame on the strength of four tallies from Smith. The Longmeadow, Mass., native put the home squad ahead, 4-2 with 1:58 gone by in the second. After Nick Diachenko answered for the Blue Hens 1:01 later, Calvello found Smith five yards from the crease after the ensuing faceoff, with Smith planting an attempt just inside the right post at the 11:55 mark for a 5-3 lead.
Eric Smith followed with a Delaware goal to keep the Blue Hens in contention; however, the Minutemen responded with five consecutive tallies to earn an 11-4 lead entering halftime. Kyle Smith punctuated the streak with a late strike to create the seven-goal lead, hitting from 15 yards away with only three seconds remaining before the break.
After serving as a finisher throughout the first half, earning five tallies, Smith added a pair of assists and one more goal over the remainder of play to set the senior’s single-game personal-best in points.
Manny dished to Whiteway with 4:00 remaining in the third to start a four-goal UMass run stretching into the final quarter before Smith found Manny at the crease with 14:06 to play for a 14-6 lead. The Massapequa, N.Y., native tallied his final mark to cap the streak with 9:49 left on a pass from Smith. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen helped Smith close out scoring in the contest with UMass’ 16th goal at the 4:25 mark after Delaware added back-to-back tallies to pull within 15-8.
Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri made 11 saves while allowing eight goals during 55:02 in between the pipes. Junior Reed Goodhue replaced Oliveri in the fourth, closing out the final 4:58 scoreless while securing one save.
Freshman midfielder Dan Muller and junior midfielder Connor Mooney each notched one goal while Brendan Schroeder and Whippen tallied one assist apiece to complete the UMass offense. Senior defenseman Ryan Hollenbaugh led the team with three caused turnovers while Kyle Smith and senior defenseman Jake Smith notched a pair each. Calvello led all players with nine groundballs while junior James Fahey tallied a career-high five scooped up to follow Calvello.
UMass outshot Delaware, 42-31, including a 21-7 margin during the crucial second quarter when the Minutemen quadrupled the Blue Hens’ scoring output. UMass also led in groundballs, 37-28 and faceoff victories, 16-11 while totaling fewer turnovers, 23-18. The Minutemen ended 19-of-21 on clears while Delaware finished 15-for-20.
Nick Diachenko (two goals) and Danny Keane (two goals) were the only Blue Hens to notched multi-point contests while eight other Delaware student-athletes added one each.
UMass Takes No. 4 Seed In Upcoming CAA Tournament
Minutemen to face host-Penn State in University Park, Pa., on Wednesday, May 1 at 3 p.m.
AMHERST, Mass. – UMass men’s lacrosse will participate in the upcoming CAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed, facing No. 1 and host Penn State during the semifinals in University Park, Pa., on Wednesday, May 1 at 3 p.m., as announced by the conference on Saturday. The Minutemen earned the seed with a win over Delaware on Friday and losses by Hofstra and Saint Joseph’s on Saturday.
No. 2 Drexel will face No. 3 Towson to complete the semifinal round, with the CAA Tournament Championship Game following on Friday at 3 p.m.
UMass capped the regular season at 7-7 overall and 2-4 in conference contests, with consecutive victories against Hofstra, 9-8 and Delaware, 16-8 to leap over the Pride and Saint Joseph’s to claim the final seed. With its upcoming postseason appearance, the Minutemen have qualified for each CAA Tournament since joining the conference prior to the 2010 season.
The Minutemen won the league’s championship in 2012 for their first CAA title after reaching the finale the season prior.