No. 12 Men's Lacrosse Falls To No. 10 Hofstra, 12-11 In Overtime
Feb. 23, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Paul Rao scored just 13 seconds into overtime as 10th-ranked Hofsra University defeated 12th-ranked University of Massachusetts in men's lacrosse action before 1,227 fans this afternoon at Richard F. Garber Field.
After a 3-3 first quarter, the Pride scored five goals in the first 8:54 of the second quarter to take an 8-3 lead. Junior Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) cut into the kead with a goal at the 4:39 mark. Senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.) recorded an assist on Leveille's tally. After another Hofstra goal, junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) and senior Dan Paccione (Amityville, N.Y.) scored goals in the final minute, sending the Minutemen into the locker room down 9-6. Paccione's goal came with 0.6 seconds on the clock.
Freshman Craig Conn (St. Catherines, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal 3:50 into the third period to cut Hofstra's lead to two goals, but the Pride regained their three-goal cushion less than three minutes later on a tally by Joe Kostolansky. Leveille scored his second of the game at the 5:11 mark and the Minutemen trailed 10-8 after three quarters.
Leveille completed his hat trick at the 12:26 mark of the fourth quarter and brought the Minutemen within a goal. Nearly eight minutes later, Paccione completed the comback as he ripped a rebound past Hofstra goalie Jack Alaimo to tie the game. Less than a minute later, sophomore Jeff Zywicki (Nepean, Ontario) gave the Minutemen the lead at 11-10.
In a wild final two minutes, the Minutemen had a chance to run the clock out in the Pride zone, but Hofstra was able to force a turnover and bring the ball down. UMass senior goalie Rob Schneider (Huntington Station, N.Y.) made a save and tried to clear, but it was stolen and Steve McTigue was able score and send the game into overtime.
In the extra frame, Hofstra won the face-off and moved right down the field as Rao won the game with his unassisted goal.
Paccione and Leveille led the Minutemen with three goals apiece. Fiore and Zywicki each scored twice, while Conn recorded one tally. Morley added three assists.
The Minutemen out-shot the Pride 33-32 as Alaimo recorded 13 saves. Schneider made eight saves in the loss. UMass was able to convert on two out of its three extra-man oppurtunities. Hofstra was one-for-four.
The Minutemen will play a road game at Stony Brook on March 2. Game-time will be 1:00 p.m.
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