Brown vs. Umass
March 23, 2010
The Game Story:
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A total team effort lifted #18 UMass to an 11-10 win over #15 Brown in rainy conditions at Meister-Kavan Field on Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore goalie Tim McCormack made a career-high 17 saves including 10 in the second half for the best performance of his career. Senior Christian Hain scored the go-ahead goal to break a 9-9 tie with 4:03 left in regulation and sophomore Art Kell added the clincher with one minute left as UMass moved to 5-2 overall. The Bears saw their three-game win streak end and fell to 3-2.

Kell was one of four two-goal scorers for the Minutemen, who beat Brown for the first time since 2006. Also netting a pair were sophomores Anthony Biscardi and Steve D'Amario along with freshman Will Manny. Kell also added three assists for a five-point game.

The UMass defense was solid as sophomore Tom Celentani led the way with five groundballs and four caused turnovers. Stephen Zorkers led the Minutemen with six groundballs, many coming on face-offs. UMass dominated the draws early on winning 15 of the first 17 draws in the game. Sophomore Greg Rushing won 11-of-16 and classmate Anthony Toresco captured 5-of-8.

The teams traded scoring runs all game, but UMass had the last three-goal spurt to secure the win. Down 9-8 midway through the fourth quarter, Bobby Hayes tied the game at 9-9 with 6:18 left in regulation to start the final run. Hain gave UMass the lead on a bounce shot off great ball movement as Kell and D'Amario set him up from in close. Kell gave the Minutemen their two-goal advantage, as senior Kevin Wright stripped the ball from Rob Schlesinger with about 80 seconds left and led to a UMass goal into an empty net.

Brown took leads of 6-5 and 9-8 on two of its own three-goal spurts, but UMass was able to answer each time.

UMass took a 5-4 lead into halftime. The Minutemen scored four goals in a row in the second quarter in the span of less than nine minutes to take a 5-3 lead. Andrew Feinberg (4 goals) scored with 10 seconds left in the half to cut the Bears' deficit to one.

The Minutemen's new man-down defensive crew including freshman Ryan Hollenbaugh, sophomores Greg Anderson and Alex Reinhard and junior Brett Newgaard limited Brown to 1-of-5 on EMO.

UMass' big week continues on Saturday as the Minutemen welcome No. 6 Hofstra to Garber Field. It will be the CAA conference opener for both teams.