Sixth-Ranked Minutemen Cruise Past Brown
March 15, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Three different players tallied hat tricks and four others scored two goals to lead the sixth-ranked UMass lacrosse team to an 18-6 victory over No. 18 Brown at Garber Field. The win moves UMass' record to 4-0. The victory was also UMass' 10th in a row at home, the most since Garber Field was named in 1992. The streak is the second-longest in school history, behind the 16 won for 1974-76.
For the second time in four games, the Minutemen fell behind 2-0 after Brown notched goals by John Urquhart and Jonathon Thompson. But UMass responded with four goals in a one-minute, 31-second span late in the stanza, including two by sophomore Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and one each by Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) and Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) to lead 4-2 after the first 15 minutes.
The UMass run continued into the second period as Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) tallied his first goal of the game at the 10:31 mark to give the Minutemen a 5-2 advantage. Tundo completed a first-half hat trick at the 7:48 mark to push the UMass lead to 7-2. Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) capped off the 8-0 UMass streak at the 5:31 mark with his sixth goal of the season to bump the cushion to 8-2. Brown stopped the bleeding just seven seconds later, but the Minutemen got netters from Zywicki and Morris to grab a 10-3 halftime advantage.
Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) gave the Minutemen an 11-3 lead early in the third period, but Brown responded with the next two goals, the last coming by Thompson to complete his hat trick at the 5:49 mark, to cut the UMass lead to 11-5. But UMass ending any Brown rally with three goals in the final 5:01 to lead 14-6 after three periods.
The Minutemen then tightened up the defensive effort, shutting out the Bears in the fourth quarter, while notching four goals. Fiore tallied the first goal of the period just 19 seconds in on an extra-man goal. Morris closed out his hat trick, his second in as many games, at the 8:02 mark. Ryan Connolly (North Andover, Mass.), who scored a goal in the third period, tallied markers at the 5:41 and 3:00 mark to close out his first career hat trick, and the scoring as UMass cruised to an 18-6 decision.
The Minutemen outshot the Bears, 49-30, and were 27-of-29 on clears. The UMass defense also held Brown to only 70.4 percent (19-of-27) on its clears. UMass was 2-for-4 on extra-man opportunities, while Brown was 2-for-5. Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made 11 saves for the Minutemen. Zywicki scored a career-high six points on two goals and four assists.
UMass remains at home with a March 18 contest against Albany. Face-off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at Garber Field.