No. 7 Minutemen fall to No. 8 Tar Heels, 12-7
Feb. 28, 2004
BALTIMORE, Md. - The No. 7-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team fell behind early and couldn't get its high-powered offense untracked as No. 8-ranked North Carolina defeated the Minutemen, 12-7, at Calvert Hall College in Baltimore. It was the season opener for both teams.
North Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 6:44 to play in the first period on junior Mike McCall's second goal of the quarter. After the slow start, the Minutemen seemed to jump-start their offense when senior Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) notched UMass' first goal of the year with 4:14 to play in the first stanza. The two teams then traded goals in the second period. McCall completed his hat trick 19 seconds into the second frame for a 4-1 advantage, but Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) netted his first career goal 4:57 into the period. Again, UNC pushed the lead to three at 5-2 following a Scott Falatech goal at 6:04, but Ryan Connolly (North Andover, Mass.) cut the margin to two goals with a netter with 4:36 to play before halftime, with an assist to freshman Andrew Recchione (Mahweh, N.J.), which was the halftime score.
But UNC silenced any UMass rally scoring the second half's first three goals for an 8-3 advantage. Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) gave the Minutemen some hope entering the final quarter with his first goal of the season with just 13 seconds to play in the third stanza to trim themargin to 8-4.
However, again UNC took its biggest lead of the game just 1:36 into the fourth quarter on a Andrew McElduff goal for a 10-4 advantage. Lundberg, Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) netted fourth-period goals for the Minutemen, but UMass could get no closer than five goals in losing the season opener to the Tar Heels, 12-7.
The Minutemen will return home for their home opener on Tuesday, March 2, against Hartford. Face-off is slated for 3:00 p.m., at Garber Field.