LILacrosseNews.com, posted 4/13/12
Massachusetts, the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, faces Drexel in the Battle of Bethpage II Saturday.
The game will be played at Bethpage High School at 2 p.m. Drexel enters the game with a 3-1 CAA mark, just one game behind the Minutemen who are 3-0 in league play and undefeated at 10-0 overall.
UMass is coming off a 14-3 blowout of Towson on Senior Day in Amherst. Junior Kyle Smith scored four times and added two assists for UMass. Wil Manny, the leading point producer in the CAA and a St. Anthony’s grad, added two goals and two points. Manny now has 31 goals, 21 assists and 52 points. Smith (23) are Art Kell (20) are also 20 goal scorers for UMass.
The Minutemen are not just beating people but have been winning by huge margins as of late. In their last eight victories, the Minutemen have won all but one by at least five goals. The only close game was a 9-8 overtime win against Penn State.
Senior attackman Anthony Biscardi (Wantagh) has 12 goals for the Minutemen. Senior defenseman Frank Tufano (Hauppauge) is a key for Drexel.
The Dragons (5-6, 3-1) are looking to rebound from a hearbreaking 10-9 loss to No. 16 Penn State on Saturday. Drexel led 7-3 in the third period after a T.J. Foley goal, but the Nittany Lions scored the next five goals to take the lead. Drexel answered with a pair of goals to take the lead, but Penn State tied it and went ahead for good with 2:45 to play. Aaron Prosser had a chance to tie it, but his shot hit the post with less than two minutes to play. It was Drexel’s fifth one-goal loss of the season, all to teams currently in the top 20.
Drexel has a balanced scoring atttack with five players who have at least 10 goals. Robert Church leads the Dragons withe 19 goals and 32 points. He is now 16th all-time in career goals and points at the school. Brendan Glynn has 15 goals and 24 points, while Kyle Bergman is third on the team with 23 points. Aaron Prosser (16) and Ryan Belka (10) are also in double figures in goals. Mark Manos is Drexel’s goalkeeper. The two-time All-American has played well of late, recording at least 10 saves in three straight games.