#16 UMass Ties It at 0:01, Beats Towson in OT

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore attackman Kyle Smith (Longmeadow H.S./Longmeadow, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal with 2:05 remaining in overtime as #16 Massachusetts (7-3, 2-1) stunned Towson (2-8, 0-3) with a 9-8 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the Tigers in Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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 (St. Anthony's H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.) scored on a fast break off a pass from junior midfielder Anthony Biscardi (Wantagh H.S./Wantagh, N.Y.) to cut the deficit to 8-7.

Senior goalkeeper Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.) 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 (Manheim Township H.S./Lititz, Pa.) 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 (Lynbrook H.S./East Rockaway, N.Y.) 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 (Leonardtown H.S./Compton, Md.) scored an extra-man goal off a pass from senior midfielder Peter Mezzanotte (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) with 14:47 left in the fourth quarter.

Senior midfielder Pat Britton (Seneca Valley H.S./Germantown, Md.) 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.

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2011-04-09



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