No. 2 UMass edges past Drexel
McCormack stops 14 shots for the Minuteman, collect 11th win
BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- A pair of late fourth quarter scores gave No. 2 UMass a two-goal cushion en route to an 8-6 win against Drexel in the Battle Of Bethpage II. Goalie Tim McCormack was named the Minutemen's MVP thanks to 14 saves in the game including four in the fourth. With the win, UMass remains undefeated on the season improving to 11-0 for the first time in program history.
The Minutemen will return to action next Saturday at Gillette Stadium against CAA rival Hofstra in the New England Lacrosse Classic.
Steve D'Amario and Anthony Biscardi each tallied two goals for the Minutemen who remain in first place in the CAA with a 4-0 record. Mike Fetterly added a pair of assists, while Will Manny and Connor Mooney each posted a goal and an assist.
Drexel (5-7, 3-2 CAA) received a pair of goals from Aaron Prosser while Mark Manos made eight saves in goal.
The Dragons outshot UMass 33-to-29 for the game. The Minutemen again controlled the faceoff dot winning 11-of-17 on the day.
The first quarter started slowly as both teams faced heavy defensive pressure from the onset. Drexel finally broke the deadlock when Ben McIntosh scored with 2:06 left in the first quarter. Prosser followed that tally 28 seconds later allowing the Dragons to take a 2-0 lead at the end of the period.
D'Amario and Manny tallied goals in the first half of the second quarter to tie the game at 2-2. Prosser then scored his second of the day with 6:44 to go giving the Dragons a 3-2 lead. With just under two minutes left before halftime, Biscardi tallied his first of the day to tie the game 3-3 going into the break.
For the second consecutive game, Greg Rushing tallied a goal putting the Minutemen up for the first time in the game with 13:55 to go in the third. Each team clamped down again on defense as neither could score again for the balance of the period.
That set up a wild fourth quarter as Andrew Vivian tied the game with an unassisted goal just three minutes into the period.
With 6:50 to go, Colin Flemming scored a man-up goal which was followed by D'Amario's second of the game 90 seconds later giving the Minutemen a critical 6-4 lead.