Army Pulls Away for 9-5 Win over UMass Men’s Lacrosse

Dolan produces nine save in first college game; three Minutemen earn multi-point performances

WEST POINT, N.Y. University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse fought back from an early deficit at Army West Point but the Black Knights put together a late-game run to take a 9-5 decision from the Minutemen at Michie Stadium Friday. Ben Spencer provided two goals while Gianni Bianchin, Grant Consoletti and Jake Lisauskas scored one apiece.

Bianchin and Consoletti also collected one assist each for two-point afternoons while Brendan Hegarty helped out on one goal as well.

D.J. Smith started at goalkeeper and had four saves against four goals allowed over the first half. Dan Dolan saw action in the third and fourth quarters with nine saves versus five tallies given up. Bob Fahey, Kyle Karaska and Kevin Porzelt – the starting close defense in front of Dolan and Smith – had five of the seven Minuteman caused turnovers as Fahey and Porzelt earned a pair apiece.

Nate Jones led Army West Point with three points (two goals, one assist) while Ted Glesener and Cole Johnson added two-point performances.

The Cadets secured a 5-2 lead midway through the third but Bianchin kept the Minutemen within immediate striking distance when he dropped the deficit to two goals with 8:33 to play in the third. On the first extra-man opportunity of the day for UMass, Bianchin fielded a low pass from Consoletti, spun and fired past A.J. Barretto for the score.

Spencer, the son of UMass men’s lacrosse alumnus Ted Spencer, followed Bianchin with his second tally of the day. Hegarty dodged toward the cage and fed back to Spencer for a hard, over-the-top shot from 12 yards away less than four minutes later.

The score remained 5-4 in favor of Army entering the fourth quarter, but Consoletti evened played at five only 56 seconds into the final frame. Consoletti raced to his right and rippled the twine with a shot from distance to make it 5-5.

The Black Knights responded with tallies by Jimbo Moore and Jones in quick succession at the 12:20 and 10:48 marks of play, respectively, to push ahead by two, 7-5, entering the final 10 minutes. Massachusetts continued to attack on the other end, but Army converted on a Conor Glancy shot before Cole Johnson made it 9-5 with an empty-net score during the last two minutes of play.

With Army West Point ahead by one following a fifth-minute goal, Spencer notched his first collegiate tally and the inaugural Minuteman score for the season with nine minutes, 19 seconds to play in the first. Spencer dodged his defender in front and slipped to the cage for a low shot into the left side.

The Black Knights put their second goal of the game on the board with 3:04 to play in the initial quarter when Shea Mullins sent an attempt by Smith in the cage and took that 2-1 advantage into the first break.

Army pushed its margin to two goals by halftime and looked at adding to its lead during a one-minute extra man opportunity in the final stages of the second quarter. However, the UMass man down unit kept the Black Knights from earning an on-target attempt during the non-releasable penalty and headed to the locker rooms trailing 4-2.

Massachusetts swapped Smith for Dolan in the cage to start the third quarter and immediately turned aside a pair of Black Knight tries. It sprang Dolan to seven saves over the 15-minute third quarter as he had three in the opening three minutes of the frame.

Massachusetts opens its home slate on refurbished Garber Field against No. 11 Ohio State at Noon on Sat., Feb. 20. For continued coverage of UMass men’s lacrosse, follow the team on Twitter through @UMassMLacrosse.