No. 12 Lacrosse Survives Scare, Downs Stony Brook, 8-7
March 2, 2002
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Senior Dan Paccione (Amityville, N.Y.) scored with 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter, giving the 12th-ranked Massachusetts lacrosse team an 8-7 road win over Stony Brook this afternoon.
Steve Conlon gave the Seawolves a 1-0 lead at the 14:02 mark of the first quarter. Freshman Gene Tundo's (Orchard Park, N.Y.) goal at the 13:41 mark of the second quarter tied the game, but Stony Brook scored two unanswered goals to close out the quarter, and led 3-1 at the break.
Sophomore Jeff Zywicki (Nepean, Ontario) scored the first of his two goals on the day 3:15 into the third quarter cutting the lead to one. Four minutes later, senior Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.) tied the game off a feed from senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.). The Minutemen then scored three goals in the final 1:57 of the quarter to build a 6-3 lead. Senior Dusty Smith (West Chester, Pa.), Morley and Zywicki each scored.
Down 6-3 starting the fourth quarter, the Seawolves scored the first four goals to take a brief 7-6 lead at the 6:06 mark. Just 25 seconds after Jon Tompkins gave Stony Brook the lead, junior Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) scored the equalizer for Massachusetts. Morley was credited with his third assist of the day on the tally.
The game remained tied until Paccione scored the game-winner with 52 seconds remaining in regulation. The unassisted goal was his fourth of the season. UMass senior goaltender Rob Schneider (Huntington Station, N.Y.) made a big save on Stony Brook's Kevin Pall in the closing seconds to preserve the win. Schneider finished the day with 14 saves, while Steve Armsworthy and Phil Reed combined to make 10 saves for Stony Brook.
The Minutemen converted on one out of three extra-man opportunities, while the Seawolves were successful two out of five times.
With the win, Massachusetts improves to 1-1 overall, while Stony Brook falls to 0-1 this season.
The Minutemen travel to Annapolis, Md. on Saturday, March 9, for an ECAC showdown with No. 14 Navy. Game-time is set for 12:00 p.m.