UMass MLAX Notches Top-15 Win
AMHERST, Mass. – The #11 UMass men’s lacrosse team moved to 3-0 with a solid 11-9 win over #13 Ohio State on Saturday at Garber Field. Four different Minutemen scored two goals including freshman Connor Mooney, who scored the first two goals of his career in the final five minutes to seal the win. Anthony Biscardi, Colin Fleming and Art Kell also added a pair. Greg Rushing won sensation on face-offs winning 12-of-17 and scooped up a career-high 11 groundballs. Ohio State (3-1) suffered its first loss, a week after upsetting then-No. 3 North Carolina.
After falling behind 2-0 less than six minutes into the game, UMass reeled off three goals in a row to take a 3-2 lead with 9:45 left in the second quarter as Kell scored back-to-back goals.
Ohio State would tie the game at 3-3 and 5-5 — early in the third quarter. But Fleming scored consecutive goals on long blasts to regain a two-goal advantage at 7-5 with 1:00 left in the third quarter. Mike Fetterly notched his second goal of the season with 18 seconds left in the third to extend the lead to 8-5.
Hudson, Ohio native Bobby Tyler — playing against his homestate team — then finished off a fastbreak 1:16 into the fourth quarter for his first-career goal and a 9-5 edge.
The final exclamation points came from the stick of Mooney who netted his first two career goals, 57 seconds apart in the final minutes to close out the win.
The defense in front of Tim McCormack (6 saves) was strong again, limiting the Buckeyes to just 21 shots. UMass forced OSU into 18 turnovers with Jake Smith cauing four turnovers. The defensive midfield was strong all afternoon as well with key play from Rushing, Tyler, Ryan Hollenbaugh, Stephen Zorkers, Mael Walkowiak and Casey Rahn.
Rushing helped UMass to winning 15-of-23 on the draws as Anthony Toresco (3-of-6) also contributed.
Sophomore Will Manny extended its scoring streak to 17 games with a second-quarter goal.
UMass returns to action on Saturday as Brown comes to Garber Field for one of the oldest rivalries in New England lacrosse. Face-off is set for 1 p.m.