Whippen Tallies Five, and No. 12 Massachusetts Defeats Army

For his fifth mark, Whippen sprinted at the goalmouth from in front and fired a point-blank shot by Sincero with 13:36 to play before Mooney added his second tally on an assist from Kyle Smith to put UMass up, 15-8.

Alex Van Krevel totaled the final Army goal with 10:11 to play in the contest before the UMass defense, led by senior Jake Smith, locked down to keep the Black Knights out of the scoring column for the remainder of play.

Kyle Smith closed scoring with an acrobatic diving goal across the crease, firing over Sincero's left shoulder for the 16-9 lead after Whippen found Smith on the left side of the net.

UMass outshot Army, 47-30, including a 27-16 margin in on-target attempts. The Minutemen caused 17 Army turnovers while only committing 12 and won 15-of-28 faceoffs as junior Joe Calvello was victorious in 14 of the 27 he took. Junior James Fahey won the only faceoff he took while Alex Daly led the Black Knights with a 9-for-18 clip. UMass was flagged with seven penalties totaling four minutes while Army was called for eight spanning six minutes.

The Minutemen continue their 2013 campaign against No. 4 North Carolina in a neutral site game at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m.

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AMHERST, Mass. Six different players scored goals, including sophomore attackman John Glesener's second career hat trick, but turnovers and clearing struggles plagued the Army lacrosse team in a 16-9 loss at No. 12/13 Massachusetts. In a game delayed one day due to severe winter storm implications, neither team led by more than one goal over the first quarter of the game. The Minutemen used a 12-5 run over the final three quarters to put the game away on Sunday afternoon at Garber Field.

Glesener's hat trick highlighted a five-point day for the Central New York native, as he added a team-high two assists in a standout effort. Covered tightly all afternoon by UMass' Jake Smith, senior attackman Garrett Thul managed two points (1G, 1A), while senior midfielder Alex Van Krevel added a pair of second-half goals.

Making their first career starts, sophomore middie Alex Newsome and freshman attackman Connor Cook scored single goals in the setback.

UMass' Matt Whippen paced the Minutemen with six points (5G, 1A). The Black Knights held senior All-American attackman Will Manny to just one goal on the afternoon. Fourteen of the Minutemen's 16 goals were scored out of the midfield.

The Minutemen rode Army all day long, creating a disruption in the clearing game that saw the Black Knights go 9-of-14. UMass also held a 23-16 advantage in ground balls and outshot Army 47-30.

Both teams relied on new starting goalkeepers for the 2013 lid lifter. For the Black Knights, sophomore Sam Somers got the early call before junior Bobby Sincero entered the contest midway through the second quarter. Sincero made eight saves in just under 41 minutes of work. UMass' Zachary Oliveri made seven stops and played all but the final two minutes.

Army wasted no time getting on the board, as rookie Alex Daly won his first collegiate face-off and assisted Glesener on his first goal of the afternoon just six seconds into the action. The lead lasted nearly four minutes before UMass evened the score with a goal at 10:49.

Whippen's goal at 9:58 gave the Minutemen their first lead of the game, 2-1, as he found the cage unassisted. The advantage lasted less than three minutes as Cook tallied his first collegiate goal on a feed from Thul at the 7:10 mark.

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