NEWARK, Del. – No. 12 UMass rallied from a 6-2 deficit in the third quarter to tie the game at six all in the fourth quarter, but Delaware scored the final three goals of the game to capture a 9-6 win on a windy Saturday. The Minutemen have lost two games in a row heading into next week’s ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Freshman sensation Will Manny scored three goals – a natural hat trick – in the span of 3:08 to tie the game at 6-6 with 10:41 left in the fourth. But Delaware’s scoring machine Curtis Dickson the next two goals to give the Blue Hens an 8-6 edge with 7:42 left in the fourth. Dickson, the nation’s second leading scorer, finished the game with three goals and has 45 to date. Nick Elsmo added the game-sealer with 2:46 left in regulation.
The Minutemen fell behind 6-2 just 4:37 into the second half, but Anthony Biscardi netted his second of the game with 7:34 left in the third to begin a four-goal UMass run. Biscardi also had two assists for a three-point game.
After Ryan Hantverk scored 59 seconds into the game, Delaware reeled off five goals in a row to take a 5-1 lead with 9:37 left in the first half. The Minutemen finally ended their scoring drought of 25 minutes on a Bobby Hayes tally off a pass from Biscardi with 3:36 left in the first half.
The Blue Hens five first-half goals came from five different scorers including the first of the career for attackman Anthony Ruiz to start the spurt.
The six goals were UMass’ fewest of the season as the Minutemen had scored at least 10 in the first nine games this season before a 10-9 loss to Towson last week.
Sophomore goalie Tim McCormack made eight saves for UMass and Blue Hen Noah Fossner made nine stops.
Delaware outshot UMass 35-28 and out-groundballed the Minutemen, 40-31.
UMass returns to action next Saturday at the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., as the Minutemen take on Georgetown at 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU and be covered on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Mass.