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#16 UMass Falls to #20 Towson in CAA Semis

Box Score

TOWSON, Md. – No. 16 UMass lost its first-ever CAA playoff game, as the Minutemen fell 13-6 at No. 20 Towson on Wednesday night. The Minutemen stand at 8-6 overall and will have to wait for a possible at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, which will be unveiled on Sunday night. The Tigers will host the CAA Championship on Saturday at 2:30 p.m., as No. 2 seed Delaware (beat Drexel 15-12) will come to Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Towson (7-7 overall) went on an 12-2 run from the mid-first quarter through midway through the fourth quarter, spanning about 46 minutes. Christain Pastirik and Matt Hughes each had a hat trick in the run. Carl Iacona and Will Harrington each scored a pair for the Tigers.

UMass’ goals came from Will Manny, Bobby Hayes, Ryan Liebel, Steve D’Amario, Greg Rushing and Colin Fleming. Rushing ended the bleeding of 7-0 run by the Tigers in the second half, as a scored with 5:10 left in regulation. Fleming finished the scoring with 26 seconds left in the fourth.

The Minutemen had cut Towson’s lead to 5-4, just five seconds into the second half as Steve D’Amario scored on a fastbreak off a face-off win by Anthony Toresco to start the second half. But for the second week in a row UMass allowed an opponent to go on a 7-0 run to seal the win.

Towson scored five of the final six goals of the first half to build a 5-3 halftime lead. Iacona and Hughes and each scored two in the run for the Tigers.

UMass jumped out to a 2-0 lead just eight minutes into the game as Manny and Hayes scored for the Minutemen.

Tim McCormack started strong for UMass, making four early saves and finished with 12 in the game. Steve Mahle came on to make a save.

UMass outshot Towson, 37-30 while the Tigers won the groundball war, 35-30.