No. 1 UMass Defeats Drexel to Capture CAA Championship

AMHERST, Mass. - No. 1 UMass scored a season-high 18 goals to top Drexel in the CAA championship, 18-12, on Saturday night at Garber Field in front of 3,204 fans.

Anthony Toresco was named the Most Outstanding Player of the game for his impressive performance on faceoffs, scoring two goals off faceoff wins. The Minutemen will play next on May 13 in the first round of the NCAA tournament at a site to be determined.

UMass keeps their perfect season going, improving to a 15-0 record and re-setting record for most wins in a season in program history. Drexel concludes their season with a .500 average at 8-8.

Kyle Smith scored four goals and tallied four assists, including the fourth goal of the game for UMass that gave them the 4-3 lead, which they would not give up. Will Manny contributed three goals and Art Kell, Ryan Hollenbaugh, and Toresco each had two. For Toresco, the goals marked his first and second of the season.

The first quarter marked very even play, with the Minutemen scoring first and the Dragons answering just one minute later. The teams would go back and forth two more times before UMass took a 4-3 lead with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. Drexel would not see an advantage for the rest of the game.

Drexel made the first move in the second quarter, evening the score at 4-4. The score tied again at 5-5 but UMass fired back, scoring five straight goals including a behind-the-back goal by Smith. Drexel would score with 1:14 left into the quarter to cut the lead to four going into halftime.

The Minutemen scored three to start the second half, the first from Toresco who won the faceoff and tossed it in the net six seconds later. Greg Rushing would do the same off of the very next faceoff to increase the UMass lead to six. Manny would put one in to make the score 13-6 early in the third quarter.

Drexel scored a pair before UMass finished the quarter off with a goal to make it 15-8 going into the final period. Drexel cut the lead to five off of a pair of goals at the beginning of the fourth quarter but UMass would score three more to take the championship trophy.

This is the second time the Minutemen defeated Drexel this year, defeating them 8-6 in a hard-fought game at Bethpage High School earlier this season. Brendan Glynn led the Dragons in scoring with three goals. Robert Church, Aaron Prosser, and Kyle Bergman each had two of their own. As a team, Drexel tallied just two assists.

Mark Manos tallied a game-high 11 saves for the Dragons. Tim McCormack made 10 of his own in the win, improving his record to 15-0.

UMass grabbed 38 ground balls to Drexel's 19 and were strong in the circle, winning 22 of 33 faceoffs.

2012-05-05



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