Manny, Kell Combine for 9 as #2 UMass Cruises by Harvard

AMHERST, Mass. - No. 2 UMass was finally able to break through the Harvard Crimson on Tuesday night with a 16-8 victory at Garber Field, improving to 8-0 on the season. The Minutemen came into the contest having lost three of the last four against Harvard, but were able to break that streak with the team's third largest margin of victory thus far in 2012.

Will Manny paved the way for coach Cannella's squad with a game-high five goals, while dishing out two assists.Art Kell scored four times, and Anthony Biscardi added a hat trick towards the UMass effort. Mike Fetterly was unselfish with a team-high three assists.

Play was back and forth throughout the first half, as UMass opened the first 15 minutes of play with two goals by Kell and Manny. The second stanza was much like the first, with UMass coming away with a 4-2 goal advantage on scores by Biscardi and Bobby Tyler.

It was not until the second half that the Minutemen extended their lead beyond four goals. Steve D'Amario and Kell reeled off consecutive tallies, six minutes into the final 30 minutes of play to make it 11-4.

The Crimson would not go away quietly, scoring twice in the third quarter and twice in the fourth. The final quarter of play was dominated by the Minutemen with a 4-2 goal advantage, including the first four of the quarter.

Alex White was a bright spot for Harvard with three goals, as the Minutemen held the Crimson's leading scorer coming into the contest, Jeff Cohen, to just one score.

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AMHERST, Mass. Alex White scored a career-high three goals, and Kevin Vaughan recorded three assists, but Harvard fell on the road at No. 2 Massachusetts by a score of 16-8 Tuesday evening.

Will Walker added two goals and an assist for the Crimson, which sees its overall record slip to 4-4. White also won 6 of 11 faceoffs and collected five ground balls, while Keegan Michel went 6 of 14 in faceoff chances. Will Manny (5-2-7) and Art Kell (4-1-5) paced UMass in scoring, as the Minutemen improve to 8-0 overall this spring.

After the Minutemen opened with a 2-0 lead, Daniel Eipp got the Crimson on the scoreboard with a tally at 8:30 of the first quarter, cutting the deficit to 2-1. UMass, though, responded with the next two goals to move ahead, 4-1, with 6:31 to play in the opening stanza. With one second left in the quarter, Kevin Vaughan slipped a pass in front of the net to Jack Walker, who finished for a goal, making it a 4-2 game.

With 13:19 to play in the second, Will Walker accepted a pass from Carl Zimmerman for a tally, getting the Crimson within one, 4-3. The Minutemen went on another 2-0 scoring run to grab a 6-3 lead, but the Crimson's Alex White cut the deficit to two, 6-4, with an unassisted tally with 3:57 to play in the half. Later in the second, UMass tacked on two more goals to carry an 8-4 lead into the half. At the break, the Minutemen held a 21-12 advantage in shots and a 10-3 edge in faceoffs.

In the third, UMass added three straight goals, but White tallied a man-up goal off an assist by Vaughan with 4:30 left in the frame, as the Minutemen led, 11-5. With 1:11 remaining in the quarter, White tallied his third goal of the game, as the Crimson got back within six, 12-6.

In the final frame, Vaughan dished out his third assist on Will Walker's second tally with 2:16 left, but the Crimson trailed, 16-7. Harvard also scored the next goal when Jeff Cohen found the back of the net with 1:38 remaining, making it a 16-8 game.

UMass held the final count in shots, 37-32, ground balls, 28-23, and faceoffs, 15-12. The Crimson went 3 of 7 on man-up opportunities, with White, Cohen and Will Walker tallying one apiece. Harvard also finished 10 of 12 on clear attempts.

Harvard will return to Cambridge to welcome Michigan to Harvard Stadium Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-28



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