UMass Defense Locks Down on Hartford for 11-3 Win

Karaska totals four caused turnovers, Lindley scores hat trick in win over the Hawks

AMHERST, Mass. The University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse defense stifled the Hartford attack as the Minutemen secured an 11-3 victory over the Hawks at Garber Field on Tuesday afternoon. Kyle Karaska led the defensive effort with four caused turnovers and three groundballs from his spot on close defense while position mate Kevin Porzelt scooped up a pair of groundballs and added two caused turnovers.

Peter Lindley totaled his second hat trick of the season with three points on as many goals. It marks the third straight contest with three or more points from Lindley this season. Buddy Carr also had three points against the Hawks through two goals and one assist while Jake Lisauskas added a multi-goal game with two tallies.

Grant Consoletti and Ben Spencer each scored once and assisted on another UMass goal for two-point days. Brendan Hegarty and Dan Muller rounded out the UMass scorers with a goal apiece while Gianni Bianchin and Tyler Weeks also had assists.

D.J. Smith picked up the win in net with two saves over the first half as the Minutemen built a 5-2 lead that did not drop below three the remainder of the way. Dan Dolan relieved Smith between the pipes for the second half and made three saves against only one tally allowed.

Jaedon Henderson had two points for Hartford on a goal and assist while Doug Biondi and Trevor O’Brien scored once each. The win improved Massachusetts to 2-2 on the year while Hartford fell to 1-2 overall.

Led by Karaska, Smith and Porzelt, the UMass defense did not let in a Hartford goal over the opening 24 minutes of the game while the offense built a 4-0 advantage through four different unassisted goal scorers.

Spencer scored on an extra-man opportunity five minutes, 31 seconds into the game before Consoletti and Lisauskas found the back of the net in succession. On the EMO again, Hegarty made it a 4-0 advantage when he scooped up a deflected shot near the left post and deposited it into the back of the net with 11:15 remaining in the second.

The Hawks climbed back within three goals by halftime after O’Brien converted at the crease with 14 seconds to play in the second quarter. However, following the break, Lindley notched back-to-back goals on passes from Carr and Spencer to push the lead to five.

Biondi created a scoring play for the Hawks with 7:40 still to play in the third, but the Minutemen silenced the Hartford comeback effort as the UMass defense limited the visitors to just two more on-target attempts – both saves by Dolan – over the balance of the game.

For instant updates on the Minutemen, follow the program on Twitter through @UMassMLacrosse. The Maroon and White head to No. 7 Brown (2-0) for their next contest, a Sat., March 5 game at 1 p.m.