Morris Nets Hat Trick As No. 13 UMass Downs Stony Brook, 10-7, In Snow
March 12, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Sean Morris' man-down goal -- his third score of the game -- with 3.9 seconds left in the third quarter was the back-breaker as No. 13 UMass beat Stony Brook, 10-7. The game played through constant snow after it had been delayed for more than three hours due to the snow.
The Preseason ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) continued his onslaught with his third game this season of three of more goals, as he has 10 this season after his second straight game-winner on Saturday.
Senior Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored twice in the second half while sophomore Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists in the win. Senior Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) added a fourth-quarter goal for his 100th career point in the win.
The game started off fast and furious with the snow falling at Garber Field as the teams combined for five goals in the first 3:21 of the game as UMass built a 3-2 lead on tallies by Andrew Recchione (Mahwah, N.J.), Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Morris. SBU's goals in the run came from Adam Marksberry and Bo Tripodi.
The teams then traded goals just 10 seconds apart as Jacovina scored to make it 4-2 UMass before Stony Brook won the ensuing face-off and Sean Chamberlain beat Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) to make it 4-3 with 6:30 left in the first quarter.
The game settled down as both defense started to gain their footing. Neither team scored until 8:32 was left in the first half before Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) found the back of the net off a pass from senior Greg Scott (Westport, Conn.). For Scott, a defensive midfielder, it was his first career point. Morris made it 6-3 with 1:33 left in the half before Larry Cesari scored with 55 seconds prior to halftime for the 6-4 score at intermission.
Tundo made it 7-4 3:17 into the third quarter but then Stony Brook's Rhys Duch scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 7-6 with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.
After UMass' Jamie Yaman (Cortland, N.Y.) took a pushing penalty with 34 seconds left in the third, SBU had a chance to tie, but off a turnover, Morris converted the man-down goal off a pass from Jacovina with the penalty expiring for a decisive goal.
Zywicki scored his milestone goal in the fourth and Tundo added his second of the game before Chamberlain closed the scoring for Stony Brook.
The Seawolves were hurt by turnovers all game, committing 26 compared to just 12 for UMass. On the defensive side, UMass' senior defensive trio of Matt Garcia (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Aaron Paskalis (Gloucester, Mass.) and Jack Reid (Glastonbury, Conn.) combined for seven caused turnovers, five by Paskalis.
In net, Bill Schell made 12 saves, Stony Brook's Brendan Callahan made 17 stops.
UMass is scheduled to play Albany at RPI in Troy, N.Y., on Tuesday at 1 p.m. But the game may be moved to UMass, weather permitting, check umassathletics.com for more information.