No. 14 Men's Lacrosse Downs No. 12 Navy, 13-10
March 9, 2002
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Dan Paccione (Amityville, N.Y.) scored four goals and junior Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) had three goals and two assists as University of Massachusetts defeated No. 12 Navy, 13-10, this afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Massachusetts jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of goals from Paccione. Navy tied the game, 2-2, less than two minutes into the second quarter when Graham Gill scored an unassisted goal. The Minutemen then exploded for seven unanswered goals to take a 9-2 lead at the half.
Junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) began the Minuteman run with a goal off a feed from senior Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.). Senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.) scored next followed by Paccione's third of the game. Morley scored again to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Minutemen before freshman Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored his second goal of the season. Leveille finished off the half with a pair of goals, one coming with Massachusetts on an extra-man advantage and the other coming with the Minutemen down a man.
Following a pair of Navy goals to open the third quarter, Leveille netted his third of the game off a feed from Tundo. Senior Dusty Smith (West Chester, Pa.) made the score, 11-4, with a goal assisted by Tundo. Navy cut the Minuteman lead to 11-8 with four straight goals to end the third quarter.
Massachusetts responded with a goal from sophomore Jeff Zywicki (Nepean, Ontario) off a feed from Smith. Navy got goals from Eddy Holton and Dave Pittard to cut the Minuteman lead to 12-10 before Paccione netted his fourth of the game off a feed from Leveille with 5:11 remaining in the game.
Morley had three assists for the third straight game, and Tundo finished with a career-high four points on a goal and three assists. Senior goaltender Rob Schneider (Huntington Station, N.Y.) made five saves in the cage for Massachusetts, while Jon Higdon made 11 saves for Navy. The victory improves Massachusetts to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the ECAC, while the loss drops Navy to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the ECAC.
Massachusetts returns to action on Wednesday, March 13, in a 3:30 p.m. non-conference game with Vermont at Richard F. Garber Field.
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