Minutemen Use Big Second Half to Top Hartford
March 2, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The 11th-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team outscored Hartford 8-2 in the second half to break open a tie game and earn its first victory of the year, 13-7, over the visiting Hawks. UMass improved to 1-1 with the victory, while Hartford falls to 0-2.
The Minutemen jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on goals by junior Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and senior Kevin Glenz (Merrick, N.Y.), just four minutes into the contest. The Minutemen maintained the advantage on Jamie Yaman's (Cortland, N.Y.) goal with 2:15 to play in the first period, holding a 3-1 lead after the game's first 15 minutes.
However, Hartford took a 4-3 lead on three straight goals, two by Lawrence McDonald, in the first eight minutes of the second period. Doyle tied the game at 4-4 with a goal at 6:39 of the frame, and Hartford's Mark Ross and UMass' Matt Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) traded goals in the final four minutes for a 5-5 halftime score.
UMass, particularly Glenz, came out smoking in the second half. The Minutemen took the lead for good when Glenz scored his first of four third-period goals, just 2:33 into the third frame. Glenz scored all of UMass' goals in the third and turned a 5-5 halftime tie into a 9-6 UMass lead heading into the final stanza.
Matt Tundo gave the Minutemen a 10-6 lead four minutes into the final quarter, and Tony Ventiquattro (Deferiet, N.Y.) , Doyle and Glenz all would score again before Shay Cunningham cut into the final margin with a man-up goal with just 1:59 to play for the final 13-7 margin. Glenz would finish the day with a career-best eight points (6 g, 2 a), and Doyle would add a hat trick, the third of his career. The Minutemen outshot the Hawks, 53-16, had 47 ground balls to Hartford's 23 and won 14 of 22 face-offs. Bill Schell (Mahopec, N.Y.) made seven saves in the cage for the Minutemen.
UMass will be back in action next on Saturday, March 6, when it travels to Stony Brook for a 1:00 p.m. face-off.