Providence, Rhode Island - Christian Hain’s goal with 4:03 remaining broke a 9-9 tie and propelled #18 UMass to an 11-10 non-league victory over #13 Brown in stead rain at Meister-Kavan Field. The loss drops Brown to 3-2 overall, while the win gives the Minutemen a 5-2 overall mark.
The 45th meeting between the two New England teams was a thrilling one with six lead changes. Brown rallied from a two goal, 8-6, deficit with 3:24 left in the third quarter. Junior David Hawley, senior Thomas Muldoon and junior Andrew Feinberg scored goals for the Bears to lift Brown to a 9-8 advantage with 12:34 left in the game.
Bobby Hayes tied the game for the Minutemen, 9-9, with 6:18 left to play and Hain scored the go-ahead goal just 2:15 later. Art Kell added an insurance goal for UMass with 1:00 left on the clock.
Feinberg drew the Bears to within a goal of the Minutemen, 11-10, with his fourth goal for the game with 19 seconds, but the Bears were unable to capture the face-off as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
Both goalies were spectacular throughout, with Brown goalkeeper Matt Chriss registering 12 saves, and UMass goalie Tim McCormack making 17 saves.
Brown jumped out to a 3-1 first quarter lead on goals by Feinberg, Muldoon and sophomore Parker Brown.
The Minutemen answered with four unanswered goals to pull ahead, 5-1, on a goal by Ryan Liebel with 1:25 left in the second quarter. Feinberg’s goal with 10 seconds left in the half drew the Bears to within 5-4 at intermission.
Goals by senior Reade Seligman, to open the third quarter, and David Hawley with 7:40 left in the third quarter, gave Brown a 6-5 lead. But UMass came back with three quick goals to pull ahead by an 8-6 margin.
The difference in the game may have come in the face-off x where UMass won 9 of 10 first half face-offs and held a 16-8 advantage overall.
In addition to Feinberg’s four goals, Muldoon and Hawley each scored two goals for the Bears, while Muldoon also added an assist.
Four UMass players scored two goals, including Kell, Andrew Biscardi, Will Manny and Steve D’Amario.
The Bears are off for a week before traveling to Durham, North Carolina to battle sixth-ranked Duke on Tuesday, March 30 at 3:00 p.m.
Pictured: Peter Fallon '11 picked-up four ground balls against UMass. photo by dspics.com