13-10 Win Over UMass Not Indicative of Contest
AMHERST, Mass. – The final score does not indicate it, but the No. 11 Yale Men's Lacrosse Team cruised to a victory today over UMass at Garber Field. The 2-1 Bulldogs had a 13-4 lead early in the fourth quarter when the Minutemen went on a run to make it look like a close call. The final was 13-10.
All-American and Tewarraton Award Finalist Ben Reeves led the way with 4 goals and 7 points for the second time this year, while Joseph Sessa and Matt Gaudet each chipped in a pair of goals on an afternoon that saw eight Elis hit the net.
Yale, which has two straight wins, jumped out to a big lead and seemed to put the game out of reach by halftime. Sessa opened the scoring by running down the right side and firing high for the 1-0 lead on a sunny afternoon. First-year Will Cabrera scored from the same place on the left side a few minutes later and the Bulldogs were off and barking.
Reeves, who leads the team with 11 goals, tallied on a bouncer with 2:54 left in the first before his team turned over UMass and set up a score for John Daniggelis to make it 4-1. Reeves then converted a pass from classmate Jason Alessi to increase the margin to 5-2.
When the home team replaced its starting goalie in the second quarter, Jack Tigh welcomed the newcomer with a snipe to the upper corner for an 8-2 advantage that would put the contest out of reach.
UMass (1-3) outshot the Blue 48-32 and scored the game's last six goals as the visitors took their foot off the gas pedal.
Before things got too comfortable for his teammates, freshman Jack Starr, in his third career start, was having his best day. Starr stopped 11 of the first 13 shots on target. He frustrated the Minutemen over the first three quarters with momentum-changing stops and finished with 15 saves.
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity Director – email@example.com