UVM Men’s Lacrosse Comeback Falls Short at Providence
FINAL SCORE: Providence 12, Vermont 9
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Cam Milligan and James Barlow combined for seven goals, but Vermont fell at Providence by a final of 12-9 in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday at the Ray Treacy Track & Field Complex.
Milligan, a sophomore transfer from Towson, led the Catamount charge with a game-high six points on four goals and two assists. Barlow chipped in with three goals in the contest to collect his third straight hat trick to open the season. Freshman Matt Gudas tallied a goal and an assist for the first points of his career.
Buck McClure led Providence in the tilt with three goals and a pair of assists, while Will Mazzone, Jake Cook and Michael Perettine each added two goals apiece to help pace the Friars.
Justin Rosenberg made his third consecutive start in the Vermont net and made 11 saves in the contest. Peter Badgley stopped 17 shots in the Providence cage to earn the win.
Vermont (0-3) opened the game with two of the first three scores, as Milligan and Barlow each found the back of the net in the first five minutes of play. Providence tallied the final four goals of the period, including two with under 15 seconds remaining, to take a 5-2 advantage into the second.
In the second quarter of play, Providence (1-1) outscored Vermont 2-1 behind tallies from McClure and Nolan Fillet. Milligan registered the lone goal for UVM in the stanza, which was his second of the game.
The Catamounts stormed back in the third period with four different players registering a goal apiece. Gudas got the scoring started with his first career goal at the 12:26 mark of the quarter. Providence answered with a pair of goals, but Barlow, Alex Stanko and Milligan each scored in the final five-plus minutes to cut UVM’s deficit to 9-7 heading into the final quarter.
Vermont and Providence traded goals to open the fourth before Milligan scored with 7:25 remaining to pull Vermont within one, 10-9. The Friars were able to halt the UVM comeback, responding with goals from Perettine and Mazzone to close out the 12-9 victory.
Both teams had 39 shots in the contest and Vermont held a slight advantage in shots on goal (26-23). The Catamounts also won the battle at the X, winning 15 of 23 faceoffs in the contest. Luc LeBlanc won all 15 faceoffs for the Catamounts and also added a game-high eight ground balls.
The Catamounts return to Burlington for a tilt with Boston University on Saturday (Feb. 28) at 1:30 p.m.
Late Scoring Run Puts No. 12 Harvard Beyond UMass, 14-13
Hegarty’s hat trick, four multi-goal games not enough for Minutemen
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team suffered a 14-13 loss at No. 12 Harvard after the Crimson scored four goals in the final five minutes and 35 seconds of play at Soldiers Field Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Saturday afternoon.
Brendan Hegarty and Nick Mariano tallied four-point games, with Hegarty providing three goals and an assist while Mariano had a pair of tallies and two helpers. Dan Muller and Andrew Sokol scored twice apiece and assisted on one other UMass goal.
Gianni Bianchin and Peter Lindley provided multi-point efforts as well, with one tally and an assist each while Dylan Gruder and Dom St. Laurent notched their first collegiate goals in the loss.
Deke Burns led all scorers with seven points on as many goals scored. Devin Dwyer and Will Walker also had a pair of goals each for Harvard, which outshot UMass, 37-33 and grabbed a 32-20 lead in groundballs.
Burns scored two of the last four Crimson goals as Harvard erased its 13-10 deficit, including the game-tying tally with three minutes, 35 seconds to play in the game. Harvard won the next faceoff and Sean McDonagh converted 80 seconds later to push the home side into the lead for the first time since the opening score of the game.
Mariano had a chance for his third goal of the game in the final minute of play, but Bryan Moore came up with the save for the Crimson to preserve the lead with 35 seconds remaining.
Moore replaced starter Jake Gambitsky after Muller’s second goal of the afternoon made it 12-10 UMass with 2:22 left in the third. Moore closed out the game with three saves against one goal allowed after Gambitsky gave up 12 with seven stops.
Muller’s third quarter score, the third of the year for the redshirt-sophomore midfielder, was separated from back-to-back Mariano and Sokol goals by Dwyer’s first tally of the year.
Mariano’s tally – his second of the afternoon – pushed UMass back in front, 10-9 after Harvard scored twice to start the third and erase what was a 9-7 Crimson deficit at the half.
The Minutemen earned their two-goal advantage at the break after the squads exchanged successful scoring runs in the second, which featured 10 combined goals.
Hegarty scored two of his three during the eventful second stanza, including an unassisted strike with 9:26 remaining in the half to put the Maroon and White up by three, 7-4. Gruder rippled the twine less than a minute earlier while Muller and Sokol also converted during the quarter.
After the Minutemen gave up the opening goal to Walker, UMass responded with four of the next five scores as a balanced offense propelled the Maroon and White to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
St. Laurent evened the game at 1-1 when he found the back of the net with nine minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the frame. Hegarty used a pass from Sokol at 6:56 to push UMass ahead, 2-1.
Following Hegarty’s goal, Harvard won a faceoff and raced down the field for a quick strike by Deke Burns eight seconds later. The Minutemen rebounded from Harvard’s opportunistic offense with scores from Mariano, his team-leading seventh tally, and Hegarty.
Zach Oliveri finished with 12 saves for UMass while Kyle Karaska set a career-high with four caused turnovers. Hegarty had two more caused turnovers while Brendan Schroeder added a team-high four groundballs.
Burns’ seven-goal outburst lifted the Crimson to a season-opening victory
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 12/13 Harvard men’s lacrosse team opened its 2015 season with flare, overcoming a three-goal fourth-quarter deficit to defeat UMass at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium Saturday afternoon, 14-13.
Deke Burns scored seven goals to propel Harvard to the victory, marking the most goals scored by a member of the Crimson since Jeff Cohen ’12 totaled eight versus Michigan on March 31, 2012. Devin Dwyer and Will Walker added two goals apiece with Dwyer also assisting on Burns’ second tally for a total of three points. Freshman Joe Lang, making his collegiate debut, scored one goal and added two helpers.
Bryan Moore earned his first career win in goal after spelling starter Jake Gambitsky, recording three saves on four shots in 17:22. Gambitsky turned away seven shots but allowed 12 goals.
Harvard (1-0) held a slight advantage over UMass (0-3) at the X, 16-14, and was dominant in the ground ball battle, winning 32-20. Austin Williams led the charge, going 16-of-29 on face offs and collecting a game-high eight ground balls. Kirby Walker and Jack Breit registered five ground balls and four ground balls, respectively, and added two forced turnovers apiece.
Walker opened the scoring at 10:58 but UMass quickly took control of the action, building a 4-2 lead heading into the second quarter. Trailing 7-4, Lang and Burns scored two goals within 21 seconds to pull Harvard within 6-7, but the Minutemen struck last to take a 9-7 lead into half.
Back-to-back goals by Walker and Burns tied the game coming out of the break, 9-9, but again UMass answered with a 4-1 run for a 13-10 margin with 14:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Burns began the comeback, finding the back of the net off a feed from Keegan Michel, and Dwyer followed with a goal from point-blank range off a feed from Coleman, 13-12. Burns tied the game up with the freshman Coleman again assisting on the play, and Sean McDonagh barreled his way through traffic to net the game winner with 2:15 to play.
Williams won the ensuing faceoff but an untimely turnover gave the ball back to the Minutemen with a chance to tie. Moore came up with the play of the day as he stood tall against Nick Mariano’s shot, and the Crimson ran out the remaining seconds to pick up its first win of the season.
Game Notes: Deke Burns scored a career-high seven goals, marking the most goals scored by a member of the Crimson since Jeff Cohen ’12 totaled eight versus Michigan on March 31, 2012 … Deke Burns’ hat trick was the third of his career … Devin Dwyer finished the day with three points (2g, 1a), extending his point-scoring streak to 20 games … Will Walker scored two goals, extending his goal-scoring streak to 11 games … Bryan Moore picked up his first career win, making three saves on four shots in 17:22 … Austin Williams won a career-high 16 face offs and matched his career-high with eight ground balls.