Feb. 10, 2013
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AMHERST, Mass. - Six different players scored goals, including sophomore attackman John Glesener's second career hat trick, but turnovers and clearing struggles plagued the Army lacrosse team in a 16-9 loss at No. 12/13 Massachusetts. In a game delayed one day due to severe winter storm implications, neither team led by more than one goal over the first quarter of the game. The Minutemen used a 12-5 run over the final three quarters to put the game away.
Glesener's hat trick highlighted a five-point day for the Central New York native, as he added a team-high two assists in a standout effort. Covered tightly all afternoon by UMass' Jake Smith, senior attackman Garrett Thul managed two points (1G, 1A), while senior midfielder Alex Van Krevel added a pair of second-half goals. Senior Pat Brennan added a single goal as well.
Making their first career starts, sophomore middie Alex Newsome and freshman attackman Connor Cook scored single goals in the setback.
UMass' Matt Whippen paced the Minutemen with six points (5G, 1A). The Black Knights held senior All-American attackman Will Manny to just one goal on the afternoon. Fourteen of the Minutemen's 16 goals were scored out of the midfield.
The Minutemen rode Army all day long, creating a disruption in the clearing game that saw the Black Knights go 9-of-14. UMass also held a 23-16 advantage in ground balls and outshot Army 47-30.
Both teams relied on new starting goalkeepers for the 2013 lid lifter. For the Black Knights, sophomore Sam Somers got the early call before junior Bobby Sincero entered the contest midway through the second quarter. Sincero made eight saves in just under 41 minutes of work. UMass' Zachary Oliveri made seven stops and played all but the final two minutes.
Army wasted no time getting on the board, as rookie Alex Daly won his first collegiate face-off and assisted Glesener on his first goal of the afternoon just six seconds into the action. The goal was the quickest to open a game since 1991 and tied the Army record for the fastest goal to start a game. The lead lasted nearly four minutes before UMass evened the score with a goal at 10:49.
Whippen's goal at 9:58 gave the Minutemen their first lead of the game, 2-1, as he found the cage unassisted. The advantage lasted less than three minutes as Cook tallied his first collegiate goal on a feed from Thul at the 7:10 mark.
Both teams would find the cage twice more before the first quarter ended with a 4-4 tie score. Glesener netted his second of the day, a man-up tally with 5:20 to go as Army took a 3-2 lead. Back-to-back UMass goals gave the home team a 4-3 edge with time winding down. Glesener then found Brennan for a 12-yard rip that would tie the score at 4-all to end the half.
The Minutemen opened the second quarter with three unanswered goals, taking a 7-4 lead with 3:47 to play in the half. Thul's lone goal of the day, a left-handed laser, came with 43 seconds on the clock and evaded a scoreless period for the Black Knights. Army entered the break trailing the Minutemen 7-5.
UMass proceeded to outscore the Black Knights 9-4 over the final 30 minutes to put the game out of reach. Van Krevel accounted for two of Army's second-half goals, along with Glesener completing his hat trick with a stinger from 17-yards out at the 8:23 mark of the third quarter. The Black Knights' fourth goal of the half came thanks to Newsome curling around the back of the crease for his third career score with 2:33 remaining in the third.
Continuing a span of three games in seven days to open 2013, Army looks to rebound with a pair of home games this week at Michie Stadium. The Black Knights host Manhattan on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and VMI next Saturday, Feb. 16, at noon. Tickets can be purchased at the Army Ticket Office in Michie Stadium, online at www.goARMYsports.com or by calling 1-877-TIX-ARMY.
Game Notes: Sunday's opener matched last year for the earliest start in the program's 96-year history ... UMass leads the all-time series 13-9 ... Garrett Thul extended the longest goal-scoring streak in the nation to 40 games ... he also tallied his 17th career assist ... junior close defenseman John Burk earned his first career start on Sunday ... eight freshman drew their first collegiate playing time ... amongst that group was Alex Daly, who went 9-of-18 in the face-off "x" ... the teams combined for 15 penalties (Army - eight; UMass - seven) on the day ... Daley and sophomore long stick midfielder Jimbo D'Aprile paced Army with four and three ground balls, respectively ... freshman midfielder Mike Perettine scored his first collegiate point on a third-quarter assist.