(Photo Courtesy of UMass Athletics)
The UMass Minutemen built off their win over then No. 1 Yale on Saturday with a 17-12 victory of the UAlbany Great Danes on Tuesday afternoon. And UMass’ signature “gorilla ball” style of play was on full display in the victory.
Again, freshman goalie Matt stepped up big for the Minutemen, making 14 saves in the victory, which included some crucial stops in the second half to halt the Danes’ momentum. Chris Connolly tallied eight points (4G/4A0 to led the way for UMass, while Kevin Tobin had five points (3G/2A), and Billy Philpott scored four goals.
Tehoka Nanticoke led the Danes with five goals, while Jakob Patterson dished out four assists. Graydon Hogg scored three goals for the Danes, as well.
UMass put the Danes away in the fourth, scoring four straight to start the final quarter of play. But the Danes were able to stick with the Minutemen for the majority of the contest, and constantly ate at the Minutemen in the third.
UAlbany ended the second on a three-goal run, which included goals from Ron John, David Diamond, and Tehoka Nanticoke to cut the UMass lead to 9-8 heading into the half. The Minutemen and Danes went back-and-forth in the third, but UMass was able to gain a 13-11 lead heading into the fourth.
Tehoka Nanticoke scored a highlight reel goal late in the third and Tanner Hay found the back of the net on a fast-break with just seven seconds left in the third. And while the Danes were able to gain some momentum heading into the fourth, UMass’ domination at the faceoff dot and hustle plays in the middle of the field eventually wore down the Danes significantly.
Zach Hochman went 26-for-33 at the faceoff dot for the Minutemen. The Minutemen also held UAlbany to just 18-of-24 on clears. They also out ground balled UAlbany 38-22 and held them to 0-7 on the power play (Man-up).
Second Half Push Helps UMBC Top Towson
The UMBC Retrievers took down the Towson Tigers for the first time since 2011 on Tuesday night, making the all-time series between the two crosstown programs 16-34 in Towson’s favor.
Towson led 3-2 after a defensive heavy first half and pushed their lead out to 5-3 early in the third with two straight from Montgomery and Brody McLean 5-3. However, that would be the last bit of offense the Tigers could generate all night.
UMBC ended the game on a seven-goal run, which included two goals from Steven Zichelli, blowing by the Tigers and securing their first victory over Towson in the Ryan Moran era.
Trevor Patschorke led UMBC with four goals, while Towson saw Brody McLean lead the way with two goals. Shane Brennan made 18 saves for the Tigers and Alex Poma went 13-for-18 at the faceoff dot for the Retrievers.
Stony Brook, Sacred Heart Battle in Overtime Contest
The Stony Brook Seawolves move to 5-1 on the season after defeating Sacred Heart in an overtime contest on Tuesday night. Stony Brook has now won four consecutive games, including wins over rival Hofstra and Rutgers last week.
Stony Brook took a 4-1 lead at the end of the first after starting the game on a three-goal run. Sacred Heart returned the favor in the second quarter, ending the half on a four-goal run to tie things up at 5-5 heading into the half. The Pioneers extended their run to five goals with a Carson Spooner goal early in the third.
Both sides went back-and-forth trading goals and two-goal runs for the majority of the second half. Down 12-10 late in the fourth, Caleb Pearson and Noah Armitage scored within less than a minute of each other to tie things up and force overtime. With just 30 seconds left Caleb Pearson scored the game-winner for the Seawolves to seal the 13-12 overtime victory.
Tom Haun (3G/1A) and Mike McCannell (1G/4A) led the way for Stony Brook. Drew Edwards had five points (4G/1A) for Sacred Heart. Logan Liljeberg also had four points (3G/1A) for the Pioneers.
Michael Bollinger made 11 saves for the Seawolves and Brooks Dutton made 10 for the Pioneers.
Hartford vs Manhattan – 11-8
Army vs Binghamton – 15-10
Mount St. Mary’s vs Richmond – 7-14
Fairfield vs LIU – 19-15