Feb. 20, 2010

Courtesy of Massachusetts

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's lacrosse team scored the most goals in a game in eight seasons, as the Minutemen pounded Hartford 20-10 on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. In the season's home opener, junior Ryan Hantverk scored a career high four goals, as six different Minutemen had multi-goal games. UMass also tied its school record for man-up goals in a game with six. The Minutemen improve to 2-0 overall while the Hawks fall to 0-1.

Senior captains Bobby Hayes and Ryan Smith each scored three goals in the win. For Smith, the goals were the first three of his career. Hayes now leads UMass with seven goals. Art Kell, Kyle Smith, and Anthony Biscardi all scored a pair.

Seven different Minutemen had at least three points as Hantverk added two assists for a career-high six points. Hayes also had two helpers for a career-high five points. Will Manny scored a goal and added three assists for four points.

Hartford was led by Jared Franze, who had four goals. Justin Bearse had two goals and two assists.

UMass jumped out to a 5-0 lead just 6:34 into the game and never looked back.

The six man-up goals equaled the mark set in 1999 vs. Fairfield and in 2005 at Johns Hopkins. Kyle Smith and Biscardi each scored two on EMO.

The first half was 30 minutes with a total of 20 goals, eight scorers for UMass, and the most goals in a half in eight seasons for the Minutemen. The last time the Minutemen scored 13 goals in a half was in a 21-9 victory at Rutgers on May 4, 2002. That was also the last time that UMass cracked the 20-goal barrier in a game, for its most goals in eight years.

UMass took a 13-7 lead into intermission as Hantverk tallied a first-half hat trick. The trio of Hayes, Kell, and Ryan Smith all added two goals a piece to round out the multi-goal scorers for the Minutemen in the first 30 minutes of play. Adding single goals in the first-half were Christian Hain, Biscardi, Will Manny, and Kyle Smith. Both Ryan and Kyle Smith notched their first career goals in the first half.

Highlighting the first half for Hartford was Franze who had the hat-trick to lead the way. Bearse also added two goals for the Hawks in the first half.

The second half did not cease action as UMass added seven goals, while holding Hartford to a three. The Minutemen had seven different scorers in the second as Kyle Smith, Biscardi, Hayes, Hantverk, K.R. Jurgelevich, Ryan Liebel, and Ryan Smith all tallied a goal. The goal for Jurgelevich was also the first of his career.

UMass outshot the Hawks, 41-30 and outgroundballed the Hawks, 38-23. UMass starting goalie Tim McCormack had six saves. Freshman Steve Mahle played the fourth quarter and had two stops.

The Minutemen will be back in action on Feb. 27, when the team travels to Ohio State to face the Buckeyes. Game time is 12 pm.