No. 1 Massachusetts Shuts Down Towson in CAA Semifinals

AMHERST, Mass. - A three-goal fourth quarter propelled No. 1 UMass over the Towson Tigers in a CAA semifinal game, 10-3, on Wednesday night at Garber Field. Colin Fleming ripped a career-high four goals, and Will Manny tied a career-high with five assists, as the Minutemen will now face Drexel in the CAA finals at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday in Amherst.

Art Kell tallied three goals for UMass, and the trio of Manny, Kyle Smith, and Tom Celentani each added a score. For Celentani, the goal marked the first of the senior's career.

Play was tight in the opening 15 minutes as both squads were scoreless until Fleming notched the game's first score with six seconds left in the quarter. The Minutemen extended the lead in the second frame, making it 6-0 heading into the half.

The fourth seeded Tigers did not go away quietly, scoring the first two goals of the second half, cutting the Minutemen lead to four, 6-2, at the 12:35 mark in the third quarter. It was all maroon and white the rest of the way, as the Greg Cannella's squad outscored Towson 4-1 in the remaining 26 plus minutes of play.

The victory marks the second of the season over Towson, as UMass outlasted the Tigers at Garber Field 14-3 on April 7. The Tigers were paced by Sean Maguire, Andrew Hodgson, and Matt Lamon who each tallied a score.

In between the pipes Andrew Wascavage gave the Tigers a strong backbone, making a game-high 11 saves. Tim McCormack recorded eight stops for UMass.

On the ground, UMass won the battle 27-22 on ground balls. Towson was tough in the circle, but the Minutemen came away with a 9-6 advantage on faceoffs.

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AMHERST, Mass. Towson saw its season come to an end Wednesday evening as the fourth-seeded Tigers fell at top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Massachusetts, 10-3, in the Colonial Athletics Association Tournament semifinals.

Towson, which finished just 3-10 last year, more than doubled its win total by finishing 7-8 and qualifying for post-season play for the first time since 2010. UMass, which will host Drexel in the CAA title game on Saturday, remains the nation's only undefeated team at 14-0.

The Minutemen outshot Towson, 6-2, in the first quarter but didn't manage to get onto the scoreboard until there were just six seconds remaining. Both teams played solid defense for the entire quarter until Colin Fleming tallied his first of four goals to put the Minutemen up 1-0.

UMass controlled the second quarter, scoring twice in the first 3:28 en route to outscoring the Tigers 5-0 in the period. The Minutemen outshot Towson 9-1 in the second stanza and caused four Tiger turnovers to go into halftime with a 6-0 lead.

Towson came out of the locker-rooms for the start of the third quarter with a great deal of energy, getting goals from Andrew Hodgson just 28 seconds in and Sean Maguire at the 12:35 mark to cut the UMass lead to 6-2. Freshman Justin Mabus assisted on both scores to end his rookie campaign with 11 helpers, a mark that ranks second on the team.

The Tigers had another chance to score with a man advantage, but Matt Hughes had his short shot stopped by UMass goalie Tim McCormack to preserve the Minuteman four-goal advantage.

UMass then scored a late third quarter goal and posted the first two tallies of the fourth quarter to go up 9-2. Senior Matt Lamon scored his 17th goal of the season for Towson with 6:26 remaining, but the Tigers would get no closer.

Despite earning 10 extra-man chances, Towson was outshot 30-20. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a game-high 11 saves for the Tigers.

2012-05-02



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