UVM Men’s Lacrosse Drops Season Opener at 14th-Ranked Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ian MacKay and James Barlow combined to tally seven points for Vermont, but the Catamounts dropped a 15-8 decision to 14th-ranked Penn State in the season opener for both teams at Holuba Hall on Saturday afternoon.MacKay, the reigning America East Rookie of the Year, led Vermont in scoring with three goals and one assist. Barlow chipped in with three goals in the contest to collect the second hat trick of his career.
Matt Florence topped all scorers with five points on three goals and a pair of assists, and TJ Sanders added three goals and one assist to lead the Nittany Lions.
Penn State (1-0) jumped out to a four-goal lead at the midpoint of the first period behind a pair of scores from Florence.
Vermont (0-1) cut the lead to 4-1 at the 2:36 mark of the first on MacKay’s first tally of the contest. Kyle Baier answered back for Penn State with just four seconds showing on the clock to push the Nittany Lions’ lead to 5-1.
Sophomore Cam Milligan struck again for the Catamounts just under five minutes into the second quarter, as the transfer from Towson netted his first career goal with the Catamounts, pulling Vermont back to within three scores.
After a pair of goals by Penn State, Barlow and MacKay each scored with under a minute remaining to close the Penn State lead to 7-4 heading into halftime.
The Nittany Lions registered the opening two goals of the third period, before Barlow and MacKay netted a goal apiece to bring Vermont back within three, 9-6.
Mike Sutton and Florence scored the final two goals of the quarter to give the Nittany Lions an 11-6 advantage with one period remaining.
With Penn State holding a 13-6 lead midway through the final quarter, Barlow registered his third score of the game for the Catamounts. MacKay picked up his first assist of the season on the play.
Sophomore Karl Weller tallied the final goal of the contest with just over a minute remaining, but Vermont fell to Penn State by a final score of 15-8.
Junior Justin Rosenberg took the loss in the Vermont net despite a nine-save performance. Connor Darcey stopped 15 shots to earn the win for Penn State.
Sophomore Ben Cox picked up a game-high six ground balls in the contest, and sophomore transfer Luc LeBlanc went 13-27 in the faceoff circle for the Catamounts. Vermont outshot Penn State by a 45-40 margin.
UVM returns to Burlington for their home opener against Colgate on Saturday, February 14 at 1 p.m.
Minutemen Drop Opener At McGuirk Stadium To No. 20 Army, 12-7
Mariano records four points, sixth career hat trick in loss
AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore Nick Mariano led UMass with four points on three goals and an assist, but UMass fell shy, 12-7, to No. 20/20 Army at McGuirk Stadium in Amherst, Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon. Freshman Peter Lindley added three points via a pair of goals and one helper while classmate Buddy Carr tallied a multi-point game with one score and an assist.
In total, five underclassmen combined for all 11 UMass points as sophomore Gianni Bianchin tallied one goal and freshman Noah Rak helped out on one of Mariano’s conversions. Mariano’s goals trifecta ties him with Grant Whiteway for most among active Minutemen as they have six apiece.
Junior close defensemen Bob Fahey tallied a pair of caused turnovers in front of redshirt-junior goalie Zach Oliveri, who had 12 saves in net. Sophomore Austin Spencer, a long-pole midfielder, also created a pair of Army turnovers and tied with junior close defenseman Kyle Karaska for the team lead in groundballs with three.
Cole Johnson paced Army (1-0 overall) with four goals, including three in the opening quarter. John Glesener, the Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year, contributed four points through a pair of scores and two assists.
Johnson’s offensive outburst in the first quarter led to a five-goal Army run during the frame. After Gunnar Miller connected 57 seconds into the game, Johnson notched three straight spanning an eight-and-a-half minute stretch of game play. Conor Glancy added one late to close scoring in the frame.
After Ted Glesener, younger brother of teammate John Glesener, rippled the twine, Carr responded with the first UMass goal of the season at the 11-minute, 50 second mark of the second.
Johnson added his final tally to push the lead back to six goals at 7-1 just over three minutes later; however, a goal each by Bianchin and Mariano made it 7-3 at halftime.
Massachusetts started the third quarter with possession after a delayed penalty on Army’s Jimbo D’Aprile, who was flagged for a push near the end of second quarter. Carr looked to add his second of the day 22 seconds into the frame, but Black Knight goalie Sam Somers denied Carr with an athletic save. Somers finished with six stops.
After Army successfully cleared play into the offensive zone, John Glesener started a run of four straight Black Knight goals with his first of back-to-back strikes which turned the 7-3 Minuteman deficit into an 11-3 Army advantage.
The Minutemen came out firing and scored four of the five goals recorded in the final quarter. Mariano found Lindley for the first of the quartet before Carr assisted Lindley in netting his second goal of the afternoon.
Luke Poulos made it 12-5 Army with 6:33 to go, but Massachusetts continued to fight and registered the final two goals of the game as a result.
Freshman Noah Rak won the faceoff following Poulos’ goal, scooped up the groundball, sprinted down-field and found Mariano for the Maroon and White’s sixth goal of the game. Mariano completed the hat trick four minutes later when he score unassisted at the 2:26 mark.
The Black Knights outshot UMass, 32-17 and earned a 22-18 advantage in groundballs. The Minutemen committed 14 turnovers to a dozen for Army. Faceoff specialist Alex Daly ended the day 16-of-22 at the X for the Black Knights. He squared off against Charlie Schatz (5-of-15) and Rak (1-of-7).
Massachusetts (0-1) takes a trip to No. 6/5 North Carolina (1-0) for its next game, a Saturday, Feb. 14 contest at Noon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.