(Photo Courtesy of UMass Athletics)
After having the first four games of their season postponed, the UMass Minutemen took the field for the first time in 369 days on Sunday afternoon against the Fairfield Stags, winning 13-9 in a CAA contest.
Chris Connolly paced the Minutemen offense with a hat trick while Gabriel Procyk and Billy Philpott each had two goals and one assist for three points. Freshman Dillon Arrant had two goals in his college debut.
Matt Knote seemingly picked up right where he left off during his freshman campaign a season ago, making 10 saves with a 52% save percentage in cage. However, the Minutemen defense in front of him also deserves a ton of credit. UMass caused 11 turnovers in the game, which included eight in the second half alone. Fairfield ended the game with a total of 20 turnovers.
Zack Hochman took the overwhelming majority of the draws at the faceoff dot for UMass, going 12-for-21 (57%) at the dot.
Fairfield saw Dylan Beckwith led the way offensively with three points (2G/1A) while Colin Consoli made 12 saves to anchor the Stags’ defense. Jake Tymon led the Fairfield defense out in front of the cage, scooping up seven ground balls and causing four turnovers.
Down 3-1 late in the first, Chris Connolly weaved through nearly the entire Fairfield defense to find open turf and let one rip to make it a one-goal game heading into the second. That Connolly goal provided a spark for the Minutemen, as they turned it into a 5-1 run through the 3:12 mark in the second to take back the lead 6-4.
Coming out of the half with things all knotted up at 6, snow wouldn’t be the only thing that would fall in the third quarter as the Minutemen started to settle in even more on both ends. Two straight from Gabriel Procyk and Charlie O’Brien to start the third and a three-goal run later on in the quarter that included an energizing pole goal in transition from Jake Dulac off a backhanded feed from another pole, led to the Minutemen outscoring the Stags 5-2 in the third and push their lead out to 7-11 late in the quarter.
Two straight from Taylor Strough and Dylan Beckwith cut the UMass lead back to two with 9:41 in the fourth and gave the Stags some life. However, seven turnovers in the fourth alone ended up killing any momentum they might have been able to gain.
Following a Dillon Arrant goal to end the Minutemen’s nearly 10-minute scoring drought, Billy Philpott took a short-stick matchup up top and put one in from the outside to seal the deal.
Ohio State Tops Michigan
In the first of two meetings between these two arch-rivals this season, the Ohio State Buckeyes took down the Michigan Wolverines 12-10.
Jack Myers led the Buckeyes with three goals and one assist while Tre LeClaire tallied two goals and two assists. Alec Van De Bovenkamp made nine saves with a 47% save percentage.
Michigan by Michael Boehm with three goals and one assist while Josh Zawada had a hat trick. John Kiracofe made 11 saves with a 45% save percentage.
While Michigan held a 34-29 advantage in the ground ball battle and Nick Rowlett went 50% against Justin Inacio, the Wolverines ended the contest with 18 turnovers (8 of which were caused). Ohio State cleared the ball at a 90% rate (18-for-20) while Michigan went 19-for-24 (79%) in the clearing game.
After getting down 5-1 early in the contest, the Wolverines outscored the Buckeyes 4-1 in the final 8:51 of the first half, which included a three-goal run leading into halftime. Michael Boehm scored twice during that run, including the final goal of the half with just five ticks left on the clock.
Just as they did in the first, Ohio State came out of the locker room and started the second half strong. A three-goal run, which included Tre LeClair’s 147th career goal to tie Logan Schuss’ school record, stretched the Buckeyes lead out to 9-5. But just as we had seen in the first half, Michigan had an answer and were able to make it a one-goal game at half.
Kyle Stephenson cut the Ohio State lead back to three with the final goal of the third. In the fourth, each side continued to answer each other with the Buckeyes being able to stay ahead. Two goals from Josh Zawada and Bryce Clay made it a 12-10 game with :28 on the clock. Jack Myers sealed the deal with a goal in the dying seconds.
Duke Blows Out Jacksonville
The No. 1 Duke Blue Devils went on the road and took down the Jacksonville Dolphins 17-6 on Sunday afternoon.
While this game was kept somewhat close through the first with Duke leading 5-2 early in the second, Duke put it in full throttle and sprinted to the finish line. The Blue Devils outscored the Dolphins 11-2 in the second and third quarters combined to take a commanding 16-3 lead heading into the fourth and final quarter of play. Sam Chase and Matt Stagnitta scored the two goals of the game for Jacksonville.
Michael Sowers led the Blue Devils with six assists and one goal while Brennan O’Neill cashed in five goals in the contest. Jake Naso went 15-for-19 (78%) at the faceoff dot and scooped up 10 ground balls.
Curtis Goddard led the Dolphins with two goals. Jason Yoquinto made 16 saves in cage.
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- Patrick Daly and Keeghan Khan combine for 14 points in Villanova’s 20-8 win over St. John’s.