Saturday Lax: Loyola, UMBC, Stevenson Win While Towson Drops Heartbreaker

April 09, 2011 | WNST Staff

Here are the official recaps of Saturday’s games, courtesy of the schools’ Sports Information Departments…

Comer’s OT Goal Gives Loyola Win Over Stags

BALTIMORE – Senior D.J. Comer scored his second goal of the game 49 seconds into overtime to give the #20 Loyola University Maryland Greyhounds a 7-6 victory over visting Fairfield in an ECAC conference game at Ridley Athletic Complex.

The Greyhounds (6-3 overall, 3-2 ECAC) started off quick with goals by Davis Butts and Mike Sawyer to take a 2-0 lead with 12:35 remaining in the first quarter. Fairfield (5-5 overall, 2-2 ECAC) would get one back with a goal by John Snellman 12 seconds before the end of the quarter.

The two teams traded goals in the second and third quarters as Matt Langan scored twice and Comer scored his first of the game to give the Greyhounds a 5-4 lead into the fourth quarter.

Fairfield’s Sam Snow scored just 32 seconds into the fourth period to tie the game, and Max Trunz tallied an extra-man goal with 4:39 remaining to give the Stags their first lead at 6-5. However, Loyola’s Chris Palmer evened the score at 2:50, setting up Comer’s game-winner.

Mike Sawyer finished with a game-high three points on a goal and two assists and Chris Palmer also enjoyed a multi-point effort with a goal and an assist. Jake Hagelin had 10 saves in goal for the Greyhounds.

Loyola outshot Fairfield 38-24 and forced the Stags to commit 16 turnovers to only 11 for the Greyhounds.

Retrievers Use Six-Goal Second Quarter Surge to Best Binghamton, 8-6

BALTIMORE – UMBC sophomore midfielder Dave Brown (Coopersburg, Pa.) scored three goals and added an assist as the host Retrievers edged Binghamton, 8-6, in an America East Conference contest.

The Retrievers won back-to-back games for the first time this season and improved to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Bearcats fell to 5-6, 1-1.

Brown was UMBC’s America East Player of the Game, while Bearcat freshman attackman Brandon Planck, who scored a pair of goals, earned the honor for his team.

UMBC used a 6-0 run in the second quarter to take control of the contest. Trailing 2-1 after Binghamton midfielder David Raleigh scored 1:28 into the second quarter, Brown tied the game on an unassisted tally 2:46 into the stanza. Sophomore midfielder Neill Lewnes (Arnold, Md./St. Mary’s) gave the Retrievers the lead for good, converting a Rob Grimm (Black River, N.Y.) feed on the right wing just 39 seconds after Brown had tied the game.

Brown completed his hat trick with back-to-back scores 57 seconds apart at the 9:38 and 8:41 marks of the stanza. Then, sophomore attackman Scott Jones (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) got into the act, converting a Brown pass at the 6:22 mark and completing the surge with an unassisted tally with 5:34 to play in the first half.

UMBC had scored only 13 second quarter goals through the first eight games, before exploding for the six-spot in the contest.

Binghamton scored the final two goals of the half and trailed, 7-4, at the break.

The Bearcats slowed UMBC down with a zone defense in the second half and scored the lone goal of the third quarter when Planck tallied midway through the period.

UMBC broke a scoring drought of 25:33 when freshman midfielder Zach Linkous (Jarrettsville, Md./St. Paul’s) fired in a shot from the left wing after receiving a pass from behind the net by senior midfielder Jamie Kimbles (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne’s) at the 11:01 mark of the final stanza.

Raleigh scored his second goal of the game with 4:08 remaining, but UMBC netminder Brian McCullough (Garden City, N.Y.) saved a Tyler Perrelle shot with 1:13 to play and the Retrievers posted their 11th consecutive win over the Bearcats. 

Jones and Linkous each scored two goals for UMBC, while Raleigh added a pair for the visitors.

Binghamton outshot UMBC, 33-26, as McCullough and Bearcat freshman goalkeeper Kraig Heston each were credited with six saves.

The six goals allowed by UMBC are the fewest permitted this season and the least since a 6-5 victory over Rutgers in the second game of the 2010 campaign.

The Retrievers travel to Albany to face the Great Danes in a league showdown on April 16.

UMass Stuns Towson In Overtime, 9-8
TOWSON, Md. – In a season filled with heart-breaking losses and disappointing endings, the Tigers added another chapter to their story on Saturday against 16th-ranked Massachusetts.

Sophomore attackman Kyle Smith scored an unassisted goal with 2:05 remaining in overtime as UMass (7-3, 2-1) stunned the Tigers (2-8, 0-3) with a 9-8 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers in Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Minutemen overcame an 8-6 deficit in the final 2:40 of regulation to pull out an unlikely win.

“This is a disappointing loss for us,” Towson Coach Tony Seaman said. “I thought we played better than UMass did today, but give them credit for taking advantage of a couple of breakdowns on our part in the final two minutes of regulation and in the overtime. For some reason, that’s been the life of this team for the entire year.”

With 2:40 left in regulation, sophomore attackman Will Manny scored on a fast break off a pass from junior midfielder Anthony Biscardi to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Senior goalkeeper Travis Love made a save off a shot by Biscardi with 1:32 left in regulation and the Tigers tried to run out the clock. However, senior attackman Tim Stratton turned the ball over with nine seconds remaining when he failed to get the ball back inside the box within ten seconds.

Senior midfielder Ryan Hantverk took the ball and sprinted up the field to the left of the Tiger goal. With one second left, he snuck a shot behind Love to tie the game at 8-8.

Although the Tigers controlled the faceoff in overtime, they were unable to get a shot and turned the ball over. With 2:10 left in overtime, Hantverk’s shot hit the post. Smith picked up the loose ball in front of the goal and scored the game-winner, his 14th goal of the season.

For most of the fourth quarter, it appeared that the Tigers were going to pull out a come-from-behind win. UMass owned a 5-3 lead late in the third quarter before the Tigers rallied by scoring four consecutive goals. With 5:24 left in the third quarter,  Stratton’s second goal of the game cut the deficit to 5-4.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers tied the game at 5-5 when junior attackman Stephen Norris scored an extra-man goal off a pass from senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte with 14:47 left in the fourth quarter.

Senior midfielder Pat Britton gave Towson its first lead of the game when he scored off a pass from Stratton with 12:28 left in regulation.

The Tigers maintained their 6-5 lead until 6:47 remained in the fourth quarter when Britton scored on a long shot out front to up the lead to 7-5.

With 5:01 left in regulation, Manny’s third goal of the game, an extra man goal off a pass from Biscardi, pulled UMass to within 7-6.

Less than a minute later, Britton gave Towson an 8-6 advantage when he scored his third goal off the game off a pass from Andrew Hodgson.

The Minutemen grabbed a quick 2-0 lead in the opening four minutes of the game. Manny gave the Minutemen a 1-0 advantage when he scored an unassisted goal just 1:25 into the game. On the play, Manny forced a turnover, grabbed a ground ball and ran around the goal before he scored.

With 11:24 left in the first quarter, junior attackman Art Kell scored an unassisted goal to give UMass a 2-0 advantage.

An extra man goal by Hodgson off a pass from Mezzanotte cut the Tigers’ deficit to 2-1 early in the second quarter. With 9:19 left in the half, Stratton’s unassisted goal tied the game at 2-2.

With 3:32 remaining in the half, sophomore defenseman Ryan Hollenbaugh scored the first goal of his career on a fast break to give UMass a 3-2 advantage.

Only 28 seconds into the second half, junior midfielder Greg Rushing scored an unassisted goal to increase the UMass lead to 4-2.

After sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scored off a pass from Stratton to cut the deficit to 4-3, Manny scored an extra man goal to give UMass a 5-3 advantage.

With the loss, the Tigers dropped to 1-4 in one-goal games this season.

Manny led UMass with four goals while Kell added a goal and an assist. Biscardi led the Minutemen with two assists.

Britton, who recorded the second “hat trick” of his career, led the Tigers with three goals while Stratton had a season-high four points by two goals and two assists.

Love made a season-high 13 saves for the Tigers while junior goalkeeper Tim McCormack made ten saves for UMass.

Both teams had 32 shots in the game while Towson owned a 38-27 advantage on ground balls. The Tigers had 15 turnovers, including two turnovers that led to the final two UMass goals. The Minutemen had 11 turnovers.

The Tigers return to action next Saturday at Penn State at 7:00 p.m. for a Colonial Athletic Association game. Meanwhile, the Minutemen will host Drexel next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Garber Field.

Post-Game Notes:
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The Tigers and the Minutemen met for the fourth time in the all-time series … The series is now tied at 2-2 as UMass earned its first-ever win at Towson.
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The Tigers played their fifth one-goal game, including their fourth one-goal affair in the last five games … The Tigers have a 1-4 record in one-goal games this year … The Tigers have now played in 14 one-goal games over the last three years.
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Meanwhile, the Minutemen played in their third one-goal game of the season … It was their first one-goal victory of the year after losing to Albany (9-8) and Penn State (8-7).
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The Tigers played a ranked opponent for the sixth time this year … The Tigers have played a nationally-ranked opponent in all six of their home games this season and have a 1-5 record in those games.
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The Tigers played their first overtime game of the season … It is the Tigers’ first overtime game since April 22, 2009 when Towson dropped an 11-10 decision against Johns Hopkins in double overtime … The Tigers are now 8-10 in overtime games.
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Britton had his first “hat trick” since April 11, 2009 when he scored three goals against Hofstra.
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The Tigers have now lost four games in a row, marking their longest losing streak since a four-game skid during the 2008 season.
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Stratton posted the 32nd multi-point game of his college career … In addition, he had his 14th career multi-goal effort.
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With his four-point game against the Minutemen, Stratton now has 99 points in his college career … With his next point, he will become the 31st player in school history to record 100 career points.
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Mezzanotte tallied the third multi-assist game of his college career … In addition, he now has four career multi-point games … Mezzanotte has tallied seven points in the last three games, scoring two goals with five assists.
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Hodgson earned his sixth multi-point game of the season after scoring a goal with an assist on Saturday afternoon.
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Manny extended his point-scoring streak to 24 straight games after his four-goal performance against Towson on Saturday afternoon … It was his eighth career “hat trick” and his third career four-goal game … He had four goals against Hartford and Saint Joseph’s.
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With a goal and an assist on Saturday, Kell recorded the 17th multi-point game of his college career.
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Biscardi matched his career high with two assists against Towson on Saturday … It was the ninth multi-assist game of his career.
- Hantverk has a 10-game point-scoring streak after tallying a goal against Towson … He has scored 14 goals with five assists during the streak

Seahawks Stymied by No. 3 Stevenson
ST. MARY’S CITY, Md. – Despite a career-high 20 saves by junior goalie Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s), the St. Mary’s College of Maryland men’s lacrosse team dropped a 17-4 decision to Capital Athletic Conference nemesis, No. 3 Stevenson University, Saturday afternoon as the loss dampened the mood of Senior Day.

Junior attackman J.P. Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony’s) notched his second consecutive multiple-goal game as Lennon paced the Seahawks (3-8, 2-4 CAC) in the loss with a hat trick while senior midfielder Will Bell (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) scored the team’s fourth goal.

Stevenson (13-1, 6-0 CAC) struck first as senior midfielder Neal Barthleme (Towson, Md./Dulaney) completed a pass from senior attackman Jimmy Dailey (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) for a man-up goal at 11:52 following a two-minute illegal body check to the head penalty on senior LSM Michael Ott (Arnold, Md./Broadneck).  Lennon evened up the game with his first tally of the day at 9:44 off an assist by senior attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) before Dailey scored twice to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Mustangs then proceeded to score the next five goals, including the first two of the period by Dailey.  Lennon broke up the Stevenson scoring with an unassisted goal at 2:19.  Stevenson then tallied two in a 28-second span as Barthleme and senior midfielder Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) each found the back of the net for a 10-2 Mustang halftime lead.

Dailey picked up his fifth of the day to start the third stanza before Lennon netted his third of the day at 10:58 off an assist by senior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn).  Stevenson then strung together six straight goals – two to end the third and four to start off the fourth period. Barthleme scored three straight in a span of 3:34 before Bell fired in his shot as time expired.

Along with his 20 stops, Wheeler led the Seahawks with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

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