Towson Hands UMass 9-5 Loss Behind Grimaldi's Hat Trick

TOWSON, Md. - Junior Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and senior Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson (7-5, 3-0 CAA) defeated UMass (5-6, 0-3 CAA), 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium.

After a first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter - insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello tied his career high with two goals. Sophomores Rob Zoppo, Cory Dobyns and Ben McCarty and junior Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. Wascavage's 20 saves are a season high and fell one short of his career high.

UMass had five different players - Kyle Smith, Matt Whippen, Connor Mooney, Colin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen. For just the third time all season, Towson got on the board first. Dobyns took a behind the head shot off a pass from Grimaldi at 12:40 in the second quarter.

Smith took advantage of an extra-man opportunity at 6:02 in the second when the Tigers were called for a 30-second hold, but Towson then scored five unanswered goals to take its 6-1 lead.

Whippen stopped the Tigers' run with an unassisted goal at 1:38. However, Grimaldi scored back-to-back and Cuccinello added his second when he ripped a shot past Oliveri, beating the goal high left. UMass began its comeback with 5:03 left in the game on a goal from Manny. Mooney and Fleming added their tallies at 4:21 and 3:30 in the fourth, respectively, but the effort fell short.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 13 when they travel to University Park to face No. 13 Penn State.

Notes: Grimaldi's hat trick was the first of his career ... his four points on the day were a career high ... Towson is 3-0 when scoring first this season ... the last time the Tigers were 3-0 in the CAA was 2010 ... Towson's win snaps UMass' three-game win streak in the series ... this is the fourth straight game the Tigers have limited their opponent to less than nine goals and fifth time in the last six games ... Juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Hodgson and senior Andrew Wascavage continued streaks - DeNapoli and Hodgson each have a point in 13 consecutive games, while Wascavage has made 10+ saves in 13 straight contests.

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TOWSON, Md. Senior attack Will Manny became the 10th Minuteman to record 100 career tallies during the UMass men's lacrosse 9-5 loss at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Kyle Smith finished with two points on a goal and assist while Colin Fleming, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen each notched one tally. Andrew Sokol added one assist to round out scoring for the Minutemen (5-6 overall, 0-3 CAA).

Junior Joe Calvello went 13 for 18 on faceoffs (72.2 pct.) and scooped up five groundballs. Senior midfielder Brett Tobin led all players with six groundballs on the day, also causing one turnover.

Towson's Cory Dobyn's earned the first goal of the day with 12:40 remaining in the second quarter. The Tigers (7-5, 3-0) one-goal lead held until the 6:02 mark of the quarter, when Smith converted a man-up opportunity to even the contest at 1-1. Sokol sent a pass to Smith, with the senior attack firing an attempt into the top-right corner for his team-leading 19th goal of the season.

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