Mariano Scores 5 to Lead No. 13 Massachusetts Past Brown

PROVIDENCE, R.I. Nick Mariano's five goals led the No. 13 UMass Minutemen (4-0) to a 15-2 win over Brown (1-1) in its home opener on Saturday at Stevenson Field.

Sophomore goaltender, Jack Kelly (West Islip, N.Y.), fell to 1-1 this season as he surrendered 11 goals while turning away seven UMass shots in 45 minutes of action. An impressive showing by UMass' Zach Oliveri turned away the Brown attack, as he stopped 10 shots while only allowing one goal in 51:34 of play.

An early hole and turnovers plagued the Bears on Saturday, as the Minutemen forced Brown into 17 giveaways on the day. Sean Cleary opened the scoring with back-to-back goals, staking the Minutemen to an early 2-0 advantage. Tallies from Brendan Schroeder and Matt Whippen extended the margin to four before Kylor Bellistri got the Bears on the board with a man-up goal with 47 seconds to play in the first quarter.

Brown slowed down the UMass attack in the second stanza but couldn't close the gap as Grant Whiteway and Mariano struck to give the Minutemen a 6-1 halftime lead.

Five Brown turnovers in the third quarter gave way to an 11-1 lead for Minutemen after Mariano netted three goals, including his fourth marker of the day at the 6:47 mark.

Trailing 15-1, freshman attack AJ Lucchese (Sudbury, Mass.) potted his first career goal off of a slick feed from fellow freshman, Dylan Molloy (Setauket, N.Y.) to close out the scoring.

Goaltenders Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, Pa.) and Peter Scott (Mercer Island, Wash.) also made appearances for the Bears on Saturday.

Brown will return to action on Wednesday as they play host to the Hartford Hawks at Stevenson Field. Faceoff is slated for 4:00 p.m.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. The No. 13 UMass men's lacrosse team held Brown to just a pair of goals while 11 Minutemen notched at least one point to secure a 15-2 victory over the Bears at Stevenson Field in Providence, R.I., on Saturday afternoon.

Nick Mariano led all scorers with six points on five goals and an assist. Through four games played as a freshman he leads the team with 15 points on 14 goals and one assist.

The game marks the first since the 2001 season that the Minutemen limited an opponent to just two goals. UMass last accomplished the feat against Boston College on March 21, 2001 in a 23-2 win.

The Minutemen improved to 4-0 with the win, the 12th time UMass has started a season with four consecutive victories and third instance in the previous four seasons. Brown dropped to 1-1 with the loss.

Jeff George followed four points, including three earned on assists, while Sean Cleary and Grant Whiteway added two goals and one helper apiece.

Connor Mooney, Andrew Sokol and Matt Whippen also recorded multi-point performances for the Minutemen. Mooney finished with a pair of assists while Sokol scored twice. Whippen earned one goal to go with facilitating another.

Joe Calvello led UMass with six groundballs while he won 8 of 18 faceoffs. Kyle Karaska followed with four groundballs to go with a pair of caused turnovers. Zach Oliveri started in goal and made 10 saves against only one goal allowed in 51 minutes, 34 seconds in the cage. Reed Goodhue replaced Oliveri with 8:26 left and stopped one shot while allowing the second Brown tally.

Four additional Minutemen notched one point each. Chas Robino and Brendan Schroeder notched one goal apiece while Grant Consoletti and Karaska each had one assist. The goal by Robino was the first of his collegiate career.

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