Jack Kniffin’s Overtime Goal Lifts Brown To 10-9 Win over UMass
Amherst, Mass – Brown freshman attackman Jack Kniffin (Darien, CT) scored on a feed from freshman attackman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD) with 1:12 left in overtime to lift Brown to its third consecutive win, 10-9, over UMass Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.
In overtime, UMass held possession for the first two-plus minutes, with Bears’ freshman goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) making his 18th save at the 3:06 mark to keep the Minutemen off the scoreboard.
Brown (4-3) gained possession on a UMass (3-5) turnover and scored the game-winning goal with quick and unselfish ball movement. Bears’ senior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) quickly sent the ball behind the goal to McCaleb, who spotted Kniffin in front of the goal. Kniffin one-timed the ball into the net to give Brown the victory.
Four Brown players scored two goals each, including Kniffin, McCaleb, sophomore Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) and junior Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA).
Molloy, the nation’s leading scorer, had a goal and an assist for the Bears, scoring his 286th career goal, 15th best in NCAA Division I lacrosse history. Brown long stick middy Jake Miller (Heartland, WI) also netted a goal.
Three different UMass players scored two goals each – Tyler Bogart, Dan Muller and Jeff Trainor. Minuteman goalie DJ Smith made 16 saves.
Overall, UMass out-shot the Bears by a 49-37 margin and had a 41-34 advantage in ground balls.
McCaleb scored two goals in the opening quarter, his second with 29 seconds remaining to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.
UMass held the Bears scoreless in the second quarter and received goals from Bogert and Muller to grab a 5-4 lead at intermission.
Muller’s second goal of the game lifted the Minutemen to a 6-4 advantage with 7:17 left in the third quarter. Molloy broke the scoring drought for the Bears at the 4:11 mark of the third quarter when he picked up a loose ball and scored after several fakes in front of the net to trail, 6-5.
Trainor’s goal at 2:34 of the third quarter put UMass back up by two goals, 7-5.
That’s when Brown’s offense caught fire with a 4-0 run. Kniffin scored first for the Bears followed by Panepinto, Hudak and Panepinto again for a 9-7 Brown lead with 7:52 left in the game.
The Minutemen rallied on goals by Bogart and Buddy Carr to tie the game, 9-9, with 5:08 remaining in regulation.
Brown continues play on the road, traveling to Princeton, NJ to battle the 12th-ranked Princeton Tigers in a key Ivy League game on Saturday, April 1. Face-off is 1:00 pm at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Men’s Lacrosse Falters In Overtime Against Brown
Smith makes career-high 16 saves, Muller nets five points in 10-9 loss
Brown 10, Massachusetts 9 (OT)
Records: Massachusetts (3-5) • Brown (4-3)
Location: Garber Field; Amherst, Mass.
- D.J. Smith made a single-game career high 16 saves and scooped up one groundball. He split his 16 saves evenly between the halves, with four made in the first and second quarters, five in the third and three in the fourth.
- Dan Muller notched career highs of five points and three assists while he also scored twice and grabbed three groundballs.
- Tyler Bogart and Jeffrey Trainor also earned multi-goal games with two scored each. Grant Consoletti put in three points on a goal and two helpers.
- Noah Rak won the facebook battle by a narrow margin, with 12 wins in 23 taken. He added a game-high seven groundballs.
- Isaac Paparo scooped up four groundballs and caused three turnovers from his spot at close defense.
- The Minutemen earned more shots, 49-37, won the groundball battle, 41-34 and were a perfect 18-of-18 on clears.
Brown picked up a 4-3 lead through 15 minutes, led by a pair of scores from Luke McCaleb, including one that put the Bears in front with 29 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Massachusetts spread the offense to three Minutemen as Grant Consoletti, Ben Spencer and Jeffrey Trainor each converted in the first.
Tyler Bogart jumpstarted a three-goal run for the Maroon and White with his conversion at the 10-minute, 53 second mark of the second quarter. After Dan Muller fed Bogart for his goal, Muller provided back-to-back strikes spanning the second and third quarters for a 6-4 home margin.
The Minuteman defense created the halftime-spanning three-goal run as Massachusetts held Brown scoreless for 26:18 of game clock from the final minute of the first quarter through until Dylan Molly netted his lone goal of the game that cut the UMass lead to 6-5 with 4:11 to go in the third.
Trainor answered Molloy and bumped the Massachusetts lead back to two only for Jack Kniffin to answer for the Bears with 91 seconds to play in the third.
Brown’s offense synched in the fourth and the Bears notched a four-goal run spurred on by two tallies from Michael Panepinto. The rally pushed Brown in front, 9-7, after Panepinto’s second of the game with 7:52 to go.
Bogart immediately breathed life into the Massachusetts offense with his second of the day and team-leading 17th of the year only 22 seconds later. Buddy Carr followed with his lone goal of the day at the 5:08 mark as the Minutemen forced overtime.
Massachusetts won the opening faceoff and controlled play worked the ball around the Brown cage for a pair of looks at the game winner; however, a UMass turnover gave possession back to Brown. The Bears capitalized when Jack Kniffin won the contest with 1:12 left in overtime.
The Minutemen open Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play against Delaware at home on Garber Field on Sat., April 1 at 1 p.m. The game will be available to watch free of charge via the UMass Sports Network.