Saturday Recap: UMass Stuns Yale, Penn State Tops Penn in Overtime

(Photo Courtesy of UMass Athletics)

Another fun Saturday of college lacrosse is in the books. And it what a dandy it was! 

The highlight of Saturday was No. 1 Yale falling to unranked UMass and No. 2 Penn State taking down No. 9 Penn in an overtime thriller. Also, Maryland defeated Notre Dame in a top-10 matchup and Princeton drubbed Johns Hopkins. 

UMass 13, Yale 10

After three close loses to Yale over the past two seasons, the UMass Minutemen finally got the job done as they took down the top-ranked Bulldogs, 13-10, on Saturday at home. The win marks the Minutemen’s first over a number one ranked team in program history. 

The Minutemen played their best lacrosse of the season in the first half, burning Yale on both ends and taking an 11-2 lead at the half. Even with TD Ierlan dominating the faceoff dot, the Minutemen defense wasn’t allowing Yale to get anything going. But when Yale made a goalie change at half, putting in junior Jack Starr, the game changed.

UMass wasn’t able to pile on goals as they had in the first half, and more importantly, Yale gained the confidence they needed to strike a comeback. The Bulldogs went on a 5-1 run in the third, cutting the UMass lead to 12-7 heading into the fourth. 

Matt Brandau and Jackson Morrill scored two straight to start the fourth for Yale, but a Mike Tobin goal helped stop the bleeding for UMass. And while Matt Gaudet scored one late in the fourth for Yale, Matt Knote and the Minutemen defense was able to hold down the fort and subdue the Bulldogs’ offense down the stretch to secure the win. 

Billy Philpott led UMass with five points (4G/1A) and Jeff Trainor had four points (2G/2A). Yale was led by Matt Gaudet with five goals and Thomas Bragg with two goals.

Matt Knote made 12 saves in cage for the Minutemen and Jack Starr made four for Yale. TD Ierlan went 20-26 at the faceoff dot. 

Penn State 18, Penn 17 – Overtime

The Nittany Lions and Quakers went back-and-forth all game long, trading multi-goal runs from the opening whistle. Penn State led 8-6 at half and Penn led 11-10 heading into the fourth. 

After a Jack Traynor goal late in the fourth put the Nittany Lions up 17-15 with 2:20 in regulation, the momentum looked to be on Penn State’s side. However, a penalty on Traynor gave the Quakers a power play opportunity, where Jack Schultz and Dylan Gergar scored twice to tie things up at 17-17 and force overtime. 

In the overtime period, Jack Kelly made a gritty ground ball play through a clear slash to the head, found Mac O’Keefe across the field, and the Big Ten’s all-time goals leader buried it to secure the win for the Nittany Lions. 

Penn State was led by Mac O’Keefe with five points (4G/1A), while Jack Traynor had four goals and Grant Ament had four points (2G/2A). Dylan Gergar led Penn with six points (5G/1A) and Jack Schultz tallied a hat trick. 

Colby Kneese made 18 saves for the Nittany Lions and Patrick Burkinshaw made 11 saves for the Quakers. Kyle Gallagher went 29-36 at the faceoff dot for Penn. 

Princeton 18, Johns Hopkins 11

Behind a nine-point performance from Michael Sowers (2G/7A), the Princeton Tigers drubbed the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays in an 18-11 victory. 

While the Blue Jays were able to hang around a bit in the first half, trailing the Tigers 9-6 at the half, Princeton exploded in the third. The Tigers outscored the Blue Jays 5-2 in the third and continued to pile it on in the fourth as they sprinted to victory. 

Princeton was led by Michael Sowers (2G/7A), Connor McCarthy with five goals, and Alexander Vardaro with four goals. Joey Epstien led Johns Hopkins with four points (2G/2A), while Owen Murphy had a hat trick. 

Maryland 14, Notre Dame 9

After leading 7-5 at the end of the first half, the Terrapins exploded in the second half and sprinted to victory over the Fighting Irish. Maryland outscored Notre Dame 3-2 in the third 4-2 in the fourth to capture the win. 

Logan Wisnauskas led Maryland with five goals, while Jared Bernhardt tallied four points (2G/2A). Bryan Costabile led Notre Dame with three points (2G/1A). Logan McNaney got the starting nod for Maryland, making nine saves. Liam Entenmann made 16 saves for Notre Dame.

Other Notable Results

  • Behind a five-point outing for Austin Popovich and an 11-save performance from Grant Koopman, the Robert Morris Colinials took down the High Point Panthers in a 15-11 victory. 
  • After leading 6-3 at the end of the first, the Villanova Wildcats’ offense exploded to defeat the Delaware Blue Hens 19-10 on the road. Keegan Khan tallied six points (2G/4A) in the Wildcat win. 
  • Will Yorke now holds the school and Patriot League record for most goals in a game after scoring nine goals in Bucknell’s 20-11 drubbing of Marist. Yorke ended the game with 11 points (9G/2A). 
  • The Dartmouth Big Green are 3-0 for the first time since 2006 after taking down the UMass Lowell River Hawks 14-5 on Saturday. Matt Paul tallied six points (5G/1A) in the victory for the Big Green. 
  • Providence led 10-5 heading into the fourth quarter, but Brown awoke in the fourth and tied things up at 12-12 to force overtime. A power play goal from Sean Leahey in overtime sealed the win for Providence as they took home the Ocean State Cup.

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