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

With 11:24 left in the first quarter, junior attackman Art Kell (Westford Academy/Westford, Mass.) 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 (Glastonbury H.S./Glastonbury, Conn.) 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 (Fossil Ridge H.S./Fort Collins, Colo.) scored an unassisted goal to increase the UMass lead to 4-2.

After sophomore attackman Matt Hughes (Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) 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 (Long Beach H.S./Long Beach, N.Y.) 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 1:00 p.m. at Garber Field.

Post-Game Notes

• 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.

• 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.

• 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).

• 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.

• 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.

• Britton had his first “hat trick” since April 11, 2009 when he scored three goals against Hofstra.

• The Tigers have now lost four games in a row, marking their longest losing streak since a four-game skid during the 2008 season.

• Stratton posted the 32nd multi-point game of his college career ... In addition, he had his 14th career multi-goal effort.

• 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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