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Statesmen drop A10 opener to Minutemen

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  • Kyle Evans 

The University of Massachusetts lacrosse team used a 9-2 scoring run in the fourth quarter to defeat Hobart 13-12 in this afternoon’s conference opener on Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium. The Statesmen fall to 3-6 overall with a 0-1 mark in the A10 conference, while the Minutemen move to 5-4 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

Junior Will Delano led Hobart with five points on two goals and three assists this afternoon. He added three ground balls in the loss. First-year Chris Patterson added four points on four first-half goals, tying his career-high. Graduate student Adam Shea scooped up a game-high eight ground balls for the Statesmen. Sophomore Elhanan Wilson played all 60 minutes in goal and made 13 saves.

For the Minutemen, Conor Foley finished the day with five points on five goals. Mike Tobin and Shane O’Leary tallied three points each and combined for five goals and one assist. Caleb Hammett led UMass with six ground balls. Matt Knote made 18 saves in the win for the Minutemen.

KEY STATS

  • Hobart held an advantage in shots (54-38), ground balls (38-30), and committed fewer turnovers (13-12).
  • The Statesmen were 16-of-30 in the faceoff category and were led by Shea with 11 won faceoffs.
  • Hobart was 1-for-3 on extra-man opportunities and kept UMass to zero man-up goals through two chances.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Minutemen opened the scoring with 4:14 remaining in the first quarter as Foley slotted a shot in the bottom corner past Wilson to give UMass its first lead of the day. Mason Bergman added another for the Minutemen less than a minute later to extend the visitors’ lead to two.
  • With 2:15 remaining in the opening quarter, senior Anthony Dattellas intercepted a pass on a UMass clear attempt and quickly found Patterson in front of the net. Patterson buried a shot near post to get the Statesmen on the board.
  • Delano evened the scoring just under two minutes into the second quarter after he ripped a shot past the UMass goalie. Sophomore David Peterkin was credited with the assist.
  • Hobart grabbed its first lead of the game less than a minute later as graduate student John Herlihy scored his second goal of the season.
  • The Minutemen responded quickly as Bergman notched his second of the day ripping a shot to the top corner. A minute later Foley beat his defender one-on-one to grab back the lead for UMass.
  • Patterson notched his second of the day at the 7:34 mark to even the game up at 4-4. Shortly after, Delano dished a pass to Herlihy who buried a shot from about 10 yards out to give Hobart the lead.
  • With 2:17 remaining in the half, Patterson completed his first-half hat trick to give the Statesmen a two-goal lead. Off the face off, Shea found junior Alex Rosa who buried a shot past Knote to extend Hobart’s lead to three.
  • Patterson added his fourth of the day as he beat his defender one-on-one to give the Statesmen an 8-4 lead heading into the half.
  • The Statesmen opened the second half with a man-up opportunity. Senior Sam Ward finished off a pass from Delano to extend Hobart’s lead to five.
  • With 3:08 remaining in the third quarter, senior Chad Bach found Delano cutting in front of the net who slotted a shot past Knote to give the Statesmen a 10-4 lead.
  • The Minutemen responded with a 3-0 scoring run to cut their deficit to four. Tobin started the scoring run and was followed by back-to-back goals by Foley.
  • Bach answered back for the Statesmen, finishing off a pass from Delano to regain a four-goal lead.
  • With 8:03 remaining, Grant Breyo slotted a low shot that beat Wilson to bring the Minutemen within three. Foley added his fifth of the day to bring UMass within two.
  • UMass continued its momentum as Shane O’Leary beat his defender one-on-one to bring the Minutemen within one.
  • Graduate student Troy Barthelme responded quickly for the Statesmen to give Hobart a two-goal cushion. Shea was credited with the assist.
  • O’Leary grabbed one back for UMass to make it a one-goal game and was followed by Tobin’s second goal of the day to tie the game at 12-12.
  • With 49 seconds remaining, Tobin ripped a shot from 15 yards out to give the Minutemen a 13-12 lead, which was their first lead since it was 4-3 in the second quarter.
  • Hobart fired off two late shots as time expired but couldn’t tie the game to force overtime. UMass’ late comeback handed them their first conference win of the season.

UP NEXT

  • Hobart (3-6) returns to action Saturday, April 6, when it heads to Richmond, Virginia, to take on the University of Richmond (6-4, 1-0) in Atlantic 10 play. Action between the Statesmen and the Spiders is set for noon.