Minutemen Fall To Harvard, 11-7
March 13, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 10-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team led 5-4 at halftime, but was outscored 7-2 in the second half, and fell to Harvard 11-7 at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Minutemen's record to 2-2 overall, heading into Tuesday's game with Albany.
UMass jumped out to a 3-2 lead after one period on goals by three different players. The score was tied at 2-2, when Kevin Glenz (Merrick, N.Y.) tallied a netter with 10 seconds left with an assist to Andrew Recchione (Mahweh, N.J.) to give the Minutemen the advantage after 15 minutes of play. However, the see-saw affair continued in the second period. After Harvard tied the game at 3-3 just 55 seconds into the second frame, UMass took its biggest lead of the game on the first career goals by freshmen Recchione and Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.), with 1:37 to play before halftime. But Harvard gained momentum late in the half, when Anders Johnson tallied his second of three goals with just 13 seconds to play before halftime, cutting the Minutemen edge to 5-4.
The Crimson then took the lead for good on goals just 20 seconds apart in the third period on tallies by Jeff Gottschall and Carle Stemark. Greg Cohen would push the lead to 7-5 with 5:17 to play, which stood as the score after three quarters.
Harvard increased the lead, scoring the first four goals of the fourth quarter for an 11-5 advantage, before UMass started a rally. Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) netted goals two-and-a-half minutes apart to cut the advantage to 11-7 with six minutes to play. But that was as close as UMass would get as Harvard goalie Jake McKenna made 15 saves to lead the Crimson to the victory.
UMass outshot Harvard, 46-29, and had 30 ground balls to Harvard's 17. Lundberg had two goals for UMass and Bill Schell (Mahopec, N.Y.) had nine saves in the cage for the Minutemen.
The Minutemen will host Albany at Garber Field on Tuesday, March 16, at 3:00 p.m. For ticket information, call the UMass ticket office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.