Like hockey, goals in lacrosse are known to be scored in front of the net rather than far away from it. But when you're playing a game in Johnny Unitas Stadium, why not make a memory measured in yards?
The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team was completely outplayed a couple of weeks ago against No. 14 Hofstra in a 15-8 defeat, one that UMass coach Greg Cannella called the team’s worst performance of the season.
The Minutemen (7-7) got the ultimate revenge Thursday night in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinals when Dan Muller ended the Pride’s season and in turn extended UMass’ with a buzzer-beating goal from 35 yards out as time expired at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
“I didn’t know the rule, so I just kind of hucked it at the net and hoped for the best,” Muller said. “I thought he saved it but then I saw it pop up behind him and just kind of went nuts. I didn’t know what to do at first. I’d never been apart of any play like that in my life so I was really good to be honest.”
Muller turned a fired a shot near midfield toward Hofstra goalkeeper Jack Concanon (11 saves) as time was winding down. The ball found the back of the net, and the dramatic win advances the No. 3-seeded Minutemen to the CAA finals on Saturday against top-seeded Towson (9-4), which bested Drexel 8-4 in the semifinals Thursday.
“I knew it [was good] because I heard the horn and the ball was in the air,” Cannella said. “Everybody on our bench knew and the officials were like, ‘huh? What?’ It’s crazy.”