Jack Kniffin’s Overtime Goal Lifts Brown To 10-9 Win over UMass

Jack Kniffin '20
Jack Kniffin '20

Amherst, Mass - Brown freshman attackman Jack Kniffin  (Darien, CT) scored on a feed from freshman attackman Luke McCaleb (Chevy Chase, MD) with 1:12 left in overtime to lift Brown to its third consecutive win, 10-9, over UMass Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.


In overtime, UMass held possession for the first two-plus minutes, with Bears' freshman goalie Phil Goss (San Francisco, CA) making his 18th save at the 3:06 mark to keep the Minutemen off the scoreboard.


Brown (4-3) gained possession on a UMass (3-5) turnover and scored the game-winning goal with quick and unselfish ball movement. Bears' senior All-American attackman Dylan Molloy (Setauket, NY) quickly sent the ball behind the goal to McCaleb, who spotted Kniffin in front of the goal.  Kniffin one-timed the ball into the net to give Brown the victory.


Four Brown players scored two goals each, including Kniffin, McCaleb, sophomore Michael Panepinto (Needham, MA) and junior Stephen Hudak (Rydal, PA).


Molloy, the nation's leading scorer, had a goal and an assist for the Bears, scoring his 286th career goal, 15th best in NCAA Division I lacrosse history. Brown long stick middy Jake Miller (Heartland, WI) also netted a goal.


Three different UMass players scored two goals each – Tyler Bogart, Dan Muller and Jeff Trainor. Minuteman goalie DJ Smith made 16 saves.


Overall, UMass out-shot the Bears by a 49-37 margin and had a 41-34 advantage in ground balls.


McCaleb scored two goals in the opening quarter, his second with 29 seconds remaining to give the Bears a 4-3 lead.


UMass held the Bears scoreless in the second quarter and received goals from Bogert and Muller to grab a 5-4 lead at intermission.


Muller's second goal of the game lifted the Minutemen to a 6-4 advantage with 7:17 left in the third quarter.  Molloy broke the scoring drought for the Bears at the 4:11 mark  of the third quarter when he picked up a loose ball and scored after several fakes in front of the net to trail, 6-5.


Trainor's goal at 2:34 of the third quarter put UMass back up by two goals, 7-5.


That's when Brown's offense caught fire with a 4-0 run. Kniffin scored first for the Bears followed by Panepinto, Hudak and Panepinto again for a 9-7 Brown lead with 7:52 left in the game.


The Minutemen rallied on goals by Bogart and Buddy Carr to tie the game, 9-9, with 5:08 remaining in regulation.


Brown continues play on the road, traveling to Princeton, NJ to battle the 12th-ranked Princeton Tigers in a key Ivy League game on Saturday, April 1. Face-off is 1:00 pm at Class of 1952 Stadium.