No. 1 UMass advances to CAA final
Minutemen pull away from Towson, run record to 14-0 on season
AMHERST, Mass. -- A three-goal fourth quarter propelled No. 1 Massachusetts past Towson in a CAA semifinal game 10-3 on Wednesday night at Garber Field. Colin Fleming ripped a career-high four goals, and Will Manny tied a career-high with five assists as the Minutemen advanced to the the CAA championship game.
UMass remains perfect on the season with a 14-0 overall record setting a program high for wins in a season. Towson's season concludes at 7-8 overall.
Art Kell tallied three goals for UMass, and the trio of Manny, Kyle Smith, and Tom Celentani each added a score. For Celentani, the goal marked the first of the senior's career.
Play was tight in the opening 15 minutes as both squads were scoreless until Fleming notched the game's first score with six seconds left in the quarter. The Minutemen extended the lead in the second frame, making it 6-0 heading into the half.
The fourth-seeded Tigers did not go away quietly, scoring the first two goals of the second half, cutting the Minutemen's lead to 6-2 at the 12:35 mark in the third quarter. It was all Maroon & White the rest of the way, as the Greg Cannella's squad outscored Towson 4-1 in the remaining 26-plus minutes of play.
The victory marks the second of the season against Towson, as UMass outlasted the Tigers at Garber Field 14-3 on April 7. The Tigers were paced by Sean Maguire, Andrew Hodgson, and Matt Lamon who each tallied a score.
In between the pipes Andrew Wascavage gave the Tigers a strong backbone, making a game-high 11 saves. Tim McCormack recorded eight stops for UMass.
On the ground, UMass won the battle 27-22 on ground balls. Towson was tough in the circle, but the Minutemen came away with a 9-6 advantage on faceoffs.