Balanced Attack Gives Men's Lacrosse Convincing Win At UMass

March 22, 2008

Box Score

Amherst, Mass. - Senior Shane Koppens scored one goal and added three assist to lead a total team effort against UMass on Saturday afternoon in Amherst. The Greyhounds, behind 12 goal scorers, defeated the Minutemen by a convincing 15-1 score to improve their ECAC record to 3-0 this season.

In what started as a low-scoring affair, freshman goalie Jake Hagelin stopped Massachusetts' first five shots on goal and kept the Minutemen off the scoreboard until 6:12 of the first quarter. The Greyhounds, who played defense for much of the opening stanza, were able to answer with their second shot of the game and never looked back.

Junior Jimmy Daly took a feed from freshman Chris Basler and drove home the tying goal with only 46 seconds on the first-quarter clock. The Greyhounds took the lead less than two minutes into the second quarter when freshman Stephen Murray bounced a shot off the hard Garber Field turf.

The second-quarter momentum would go into hyper-mode for the Greyhounds with three more goals in a 28-second span. Junior Tyler Gale scored first off an assist from senior Shane Koppens. Senior Tim McDermott won the ensuing face-off and Collin Finnerty finished off the sequence with his fifth tally of the season

Loyola extended the margin to 5-1 off another face-off victory by McDermott. Senior Paul Richards, who picked up the groundball, also scored the goal for the Greyhounds. Loyola, which was out-shot 10-2 in the first quarter, continued to pad the lead in the second quarter with another goal from Basler and another goal from Finnerty.

When it was all said and done, the Greyhounds enjoyed a 13-7 shot advantage in the second quarter, increasing their lead to seven goals before the half. Loyola, which won 6-of-8 face-offs in the quarter, held a commanding lead at the break for the second straight Saturday.

Unlike the previous weekend, where Loyola led 9-1 at St. John's and held on to win 11-8, the Greyhounds continued to press and put the game away in the second half. Third-quarter goals from Daly and senior Joe Landry continued the Loyola run - which was sustained for the remainder of regulation.

Koppens four points led all scorers, while Daly, Finnerty and Gale each notched two goals in the win. Hagelin, despite not being contested in the fourth quarter, ended the game with a career-high 14 saves.

Loyola's defense, which has allowed 13 combined goals in three ECAC games, posted 11 caused turnovers, including three from junior Eric Kohl. The last time the Greyhounds allowed one goal in a game was in 1999 when they defeated Brown, 13-1 at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field.

The loss was also the worst home defeat in UMass history, besting their 14-2 loss to Dartmouth in 1965, and the fewest goals scored by the Minutemen since scoring one against Brown in 1964.

Overall, the Greyhounds are 4-3 on the season. Loyola will take another quick break from ECAC play next Saturday when it travels to Syracuse to play the Orange in a 4 p.m. contest.