Massachusetts Rallies for One-Goal Victory over No. 20 Hofstra

After Mike Malave recorded a goal for the Pride to extend Hofstra's lead to 7-5 at the 1:53 mark in the third, Whiteway connected again to earn his fourth career hat trick. Using a man-up opportunity following a cross-checking penalty on the Pride, Whiteway secured his third goal of the day following a feed from Manny with 23 seconds left in the third.

The Minutemen evened the score only 48 seconds into the final stanza on a Fleming strike from distance. Tyler sent a pass from behind the net to Fleming eight yards from the cage, with Fleming depositing a hard shot over Selva's right shoulder to make it 7-7.

UMass took its first lead of the contest since going ahead, 1-0 with Mooney's second goal of the day. To give the Minutemen the 8-7 advantage with 8:47 to play, Manny found Mooney in front, with Mooney converting a shot while being checked to the ground.

The one-goal UMass advantage was erased by von Bargen with a strike five yards out from the left post to notch play at 8-8 with 1:52 remaining to play. However, Fleming's first game-winner of the season kept UMass' CAA Tournament hopes alive as the Minutemen required a win over Hofstra to stay in the race for the fourth and final seed in the upcoming postseason.

Varn led Hofstra with three goals, all in the first quarter. von Bargen followed with two tallies while Sam Llinares, Malave and Sorichetti recorded one each. Selva made 17 saves for the Pride while letting in nine tallies.

UMass outshot Hofstra, 42-33 overall and 26-12 in the second half. The Minutemen also led in groundballs, 27-24 while committing fewer turnovers, with 10 against 11 given up by the Pride. UMass went 15 for 18 on clears while Hofstra finished 17 of 18. The Minutemen finished 4 for 8 in extra-man opportunities as Whiteway converted twice and Mooney and Tyler notched one man-up goal each.

UMass hosts its senior day against the Delaware Blue Hens (5-9, 1-4) with a 7:00 p.m. contest at Garber Field on Friday, April 26.

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2013-04-21



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