Saturday Wrap: UMass Upsets Yale for First-Ever Win over a No. 1

PHOTO BY THOM KENDALL/UMASS ATHLETICS

Billy Philpott scored a career-high four goals, all in the first half as UMass raced out to an 11-2 lead and held on for a 13-10 victory over No. 1 Yale.


In the 66-year history of UMass men’s lacrosse — a decorated tradition that has included 19 NCAA tournament appearances and a Cinderella run to the 2006 final — the Minutemen had never defeated a No. 1-ranked team. They deleted that asterisk Saturday, stunning Yale with a first-half barrage and holding on for a 13-10 victory at Garber Field.

Redshirt-senior midfielder Billy Philpott scored a career-high four goals, all in the first half as UMass raced out to an 11-2 lead. Unable to neutralize Bulldogs faceoff specialist TD Ierlan (20-for-26), the Minutemen made up for the possession deficit with relentless riding and redefending, forcing Yale to commit 25 turnovers, including 16 in the first half.

The Bulldogs, of course, had an answer. They scored four unanswered goals to start the third quarter and got to within three in the fourth. But UMass goalie Matt Knote made two point-blank saves on Yale shooters on the doorstep, stuffing Brian Tevlin stick-side high and taking a Matt Brandau shot off of his left instep to seal the upset.

The first true freshman starter for the Minutemen since current assistant coach Doc Schneider manned the pipes during that magical 2006 season, Knote finished with 12 saves for the second straight game.

UMass (3-2) has been up and down this season.  The CAA favorite got blasted by Army, upended Ohio State, narrowly lost to Harvard and had trouble putting away UMass Lowell.

Yale (2-1) knocked off then-No. 1 Penn State last week to assume the top spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Top 20, a post it likely will now abdicate.

Saturday Wrap: UMass Upsets No. 1 Yale

O'Keefe in OT: Penn State Outlasts Penn

Maryland's New Lineup Works, Beats Irish

Maryland Uncorks 64 Shots in Win over Notre Dame

Maryland had fallen into the habit of falling behind. The Terps left no such door open for Notre Dame on Saturday.

Logan Wisnauskas scored five goals and Maryland peppered freshman goalie Liam Entenmann with 64 shots, as the eighth-ranked Terps defeated the third-ranked Fighting Irish 14-9 at Maryland Stadium.

Maryland trailed for all of 49 seconds. After Brian Willetts scored to put Notre Dame ahead 4-3 midway through the second quarter, Jack Brennan finished off one of Daniel Maltz’s three assists to tie the game. That was the start of a 4-1 run, and the Terps (4-1) never trailed again.

The Fighting Irish (2-1) hung around, pulling within two on Bryan Costabile’s unassisted blast 38 seconds into the fourth quarter. But Maryland again answered quickly, with Bernhardt finding Wisnauskas for a goal just 22-seconds later, igniting a four-goal run to put the game out of reach.

Fueled by an 18-for-26 performance by faceoff specialist Justin Shockey, the Terps outshot Notre Dame 64-31,

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Penn State Tops Penn in OT Thriller

Penn State and Penn picked up where they left off last year, the two offensive heavyweights exchanging haymakers for more than 60 minutes before sniper Mac O’Keefe finally put the Quakers away in overtime, lifting the Nittany Lions to an 18-17 victory at Franklin Field.

Penn State answered a four-goal run by Penn with five unanswered goals of its own to take a 7-4 lead midway through the second quarter.

The Nittany Lions were able to stay a step ahead almost the rest of the way, if it were not for a costly non-releasable unsportsmanlike penalty committed away from the ball by Jack Traynor as Penn State attempted to milk the clock while leading 17-15 late in regulation.

The Quakers took full advantage of the opportunity, netting a pair of man-up goals in the final minute and sending the game to overtime on an equalizer by Dylan Gerger, his fifth goal of the game.

In overtime, Penn goalie Patrick Burkinshaw saved a backhand shot by Jack Kelly. But Kelly hustled back to cause a turnover on the clearing pass and fed O’Keefe in front for the game-winning goal.

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Princeton Stays Hot, Hopkins Not

Princeton is more than a one-hit wonder and a one-man show.

The fifth-ranked Tigers hammered home that point Saturday, defeating Johns Hopkins 18-11 in the 90th meeting between the storied college men’s lacrosse programs.

Michael Sowers had two goals and seven assists, finishing February with 42 points in just four games.

But there were other contributors, including midfielder Connor McCarthy, who scored a career-high five goals, and defenseman George Baughan, who limited Blue Jays attackman Cole Williams to just one assist and 0-for-6 shooting.

Princeton (4-0) went from unranked to top-five after defeating defending NCAA champion Virginia last week. Looks like the Tigers are here to stay.

Johns Hopkins dropped its third straight game to fall to 1-3.

PHOTO BY RICH BARNES

Connor McCarthy scored a career-high five goals, as No. 5 Princeton steamrolled Johns Hopkins 18-11 at Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton, N.J.

Notable

  • Will Yorke scored nine goals, a Patriot League single-game record, to lead Bucknell to a 20-11 victory over No. 18 Marist. The host Bison improved to 5-1, their lone loss coming against Ohio State.

  • Villanova shot nearly 50 percent, chasing one of the best goalies in the country in a 19-10 victory at Delaware. Matt Campbell led the onslaught with four goals, as the No. 17 Wildcats won their third straight game. Blue Hens goalie Matt DeLuca managed just three saves and allowed 15 goals in 52 minutes before he was lifted in the fourth quarter.

  • Caleb Pearson continued his late-game heroics, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in Stony Brook’s 14-13 win at Rutgers. Renz Conlon won all 10 faceoffs in the fourth quarter, as the Seawolves erased a three-goal deficit to improve to 4-1 under first-year coach Anthony Gilardi.

Nike/US Lacrosse Top 20

UMass 13, No. 1 Yale 10
No. 2 Penn State 18, No. 9 Penn 17 (OT)
No. 8 Maryland 14, No. 3 Notre Dame 9
No. 5 Princeton 18, Johns Hopkins 11
No. 13 Loyola 14, Lafayette 4
No. 14 Georgetown 13, Bellarmine 4
No. 15 Army 12, Holy Cross 5
No. 16 Lehigh 14, Navy 6
No. 17 Villanova 19, Delaware 10
Bucknell 20, No. 18 Marist 11
No. 20 Saint Joseph’s 10, Monmouth 3

Other Scores

Albany 15, Harvard 14
Boston University 13, Colgate 12
Bryant 16, Manhattan 5
Dartmouth 14, UMass Lowell 5
Drexel 13, Marquette 11
Fairfield 19, Quinnipiac 15
Hofstra 14, LIU 6
Mercer 20, Wagner 8
Michigan 16, St. John's 11
Mount St. Mary’s 10, VMI 9
Robert Morris 15, High Point 11
Siena 12, NJIT 5
Stony Brook 14, Rutgers 13
UMBC 13, Sacred Heart 6
Utah 15, Jacksonville 11
Vermont 9, Merrimack 8

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