Feb. 8, 2014
Final Stats |
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Junior attackman John Glesener scored a pair of goals and an assist to lead an Army lacrosse team that came up on the short end of a 6-5 decision against Massachusetts on Saturday morning at Michie Stadium.
In a game originally scheduled for Sunday but adjusted in anticipation of snow, the Black Knights bounced back from a 3-0 first-quarter deficit to score five of the final eight goals of the game. Army also trailed 6-4 at the start of the fourth quarter and got goals from Glesener and sophomore midfielder Shea Mullins to make it a one-goal game with 8:44 to play. The Black Knights could not cash in on a minute man-up opportunity and lost possession in the final minute to allow UMass to evade the equalizer.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank both UMass and our administration for making this game happen today,” said Army head coach Joe Alberici following the game. “We needed to get this one in and know it took a Herculean effort to do so. I appreciate everyone’s hard work in getting that done.
“Every time we play UMass, we know we have to earn whatever we get,” he continued. “Our kids played their tails off today but came up just short. I thought we played with passion and intensity, but certainly some areas still need some work moving forward.”
Glesener’s three points led all players, while sophomore attackman Will Mazzone finished with two points (1G, 1A). Freshman middie Matt Bowman scored in his first collegiate start, while sophomore attackman Connor Cook added an assist.
The Black Knights held a 27-20 advantage in shots, while the Minutemen won the ground ball battle, 23-19. UMass committed 10 turnovers and went 0-for-5 man-up. Army’s tallied 11 miscues and was 1-of-2 EMO.
Mazzone, Pat Hart, Billy Baird, Sean Jollota, Alex Daly and Tyler Kamide each tallied a pair of ground balls. Junior defensive middie Al DeStefano caused two UMass turnovers.
In a battle of two of the nation’s top face-off men, Daly won 7-of-13 face-offs against UMass senior Joe Calvello.
UMass scored the first three goals of the game and held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Black Knights got things rolling on Glesener’s 15-yard rip from the left side at 13:49 of the second. Glesener’s goal marked Army’s lone EMO tally of the afternoon. Bowman followed with his first collegiate goal, a close-range score off a Mazzone feed with 7:46 on the clock. Army continued to click the rest of the half as Glesener hit Mazzone on the run at 5:46 to make it 3-3. A late UMass goal gave the Minutemen a 4-3 halftime advantage.
Much like the first quarter, the third frame belonged to UMass as it took a 6-3 lead with a pair of goals. The Black Knight’ man-down unit stood tall through four third-period penalties, as Grant Whiteway scored twice even to give the Minutemen a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth.
Glesener’s second goal of the game lifted Army with just over four minutes into the four quarter. Cook fed Glesener from “x” to help make it a 6-4 contest. Mullins netted his first career goal unassisted from 10-yards out to pull the Black Knights within 6-5 with 8:44 remaining.
With time winding down, Jollota caused a turnover that gave the Black Knights the ball with a minute to go. Army could not clear it through the UMass pressure and did not get a final shot off.
Whiteway paced the Minutemen with his two goals.
Army junior goaltender Sam Somers made six saves in 60:00 of work, while UMass’ Zach Oliveri made eight stops to earn the win.
Army heads on the road for its next three games, beginning with a trek to VMI next Saturday, Feb. 15, for a noon start in Lexington, Va.
GAME NOTES: Senior tri-captain Nick Isnardi led the team onto the field with the American flag … Saturday’s game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but moved back a day due to impending snow … Army and UMass met for the fourth season-opener in a row Saturday … freshmen Matt Bowman, Tim Stackpole, Henry White and Gunnar Miller all made their collegiate debuts.