Wascavage Strong But Towson Can’t Pull Shocker At UMass

April 08, 2012 | WNST Staff

No. 19 Towson Falls at No. 2 Massachusetts
Andrew Wascavage Records Game-High 15 Saves

AMHERST, Mass. – The 19th-ranked Towson men’s lacrosse team saw its five-game winning streak snapped at No. 2 Massachusetts Saturday afternoon as the Tigers fell 14-3 in front of 2,105 fans at Garber Stadium. UMass scored 11 of the game’s final 12 goals after Towson cut the Minutemen lead to 3-2 with less than four seconds to play in the second quarter.

The loss drops the Tigers drop to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Minutemen (10-0, 3-0 CAA) had seven different players score, including a career-high tying four goals from junior Kyle Smith.

The Tigers were outshot 55-24 and won just five of 19 face-off’s. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was the lone bright spot for the Tigers as he followed up a career-high 17 save performance against UMBC on Wednesday with 15 saves against the Minutemen.

The Tigers were held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time all season as UMass raced out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals from juniors Will Manny and Colin Fleming. It was just the second quarter all season in which the Tigers didn’t post a score.

Manny tallied his second goal of the day and 31st of the year at the 5:29 mark of the second quarter to give the Minutemen a three-goal advantage.

The Tigers finally broke through on the offensive end when junior Matt Hughes took a pass from sophomore Andrew Hodgson and found the back of the cage for his 14th goal of the year. Hughes’ goal came nearly 27 minutes into the game.

Towson didn’t wait nearly as long getting its second goal of the game. With time dwindling down in the opening half, sophomore Thomas DeNapoli was doubled and he found Hodgson for a blast from the left side. Hodgson’s goal came with just 3.9 seconds left before halftime and cut the Minutemen lead to 3-2.

With the momentum swung toward the Tigers, UMass won the ensuing face-off and raced down the field and scored a disputed goal as time expired. The Minutemen, who outshot Towson 15-5 in the second quarter, led 4-2 at the intermission.

UMass took advantage of the momentum it got from its second quarter buzzer-beater and turned it into a big third quarter. The Minutemen got four goals from four different players and outscored the Tigers 4-1 in the period to grab an 8-3 lead. Towson’s lone goal of the quarter came from Sean Maguire, who registered his team-high 18th goal of the season.

After two dramatic come-from-behind efforts in its last two games, Towson would have no such luck against UMass. The Minutemen held the Tigers scoreless in the final period while netting six goals to pull away for their 10th straight win to start the season.

Towson returns home to Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, April 14 to take on No. 15 Penn State. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m.