Men's Lacrosse Comes Back to Defeat Brown, 15-14
March 16, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Junior All-American midfielder Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y) scored off a feed from junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) with 49 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the University of Massachusetts to a 15-14 victory over Brown in men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Richard F. Garber Field. The Minutemen were trailing the Bears, 14-10, with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter, but Massachusetts scored the final five goals of the game to secure the come-from-behind victory.
Senior All-American defenseman Matt McFarland (Garden City, N.Y.) began the fourth quarter rally when he scored his first goal of the season just 13 seconds after Brown had taken a 14-10 lead. Fiore then scored to cut the Bears lead to two at the 4:48 mark. Just seven seconds later Leveille scored off a feed from senior Dan Paccione (Amittyville, N.Y.) to bring the Minutemen within one. Sophomore Jeff Zywicki (Nepean, Ontario) tied the game, 14-14, when he scored off a pass from freshman Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) with 3:13 remaining. Leveille then netted the game-winner with under a minute to go in regulation.
Brown opened the game by taking a 5-2 lead in the first quarter thanks to a pair of goals from both Michael Huges and Ryan Culligan. The Minutemen held a slight edge in scoring in the second quarter, but still found themselves trailing 7-5 at the half. Tundo had a pair of goals in the half for Massachusetts.
Brown scored first in the third quarter to take an 8-5 lead before Massachusetts scored four straight goals. Scoring for the Minutemen in the third quarter run were Fiore, Zywicki, senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.) and senior Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.). Brown responded with a four-goal run of its own to regain the lead 12-9 at the 11:46 mark of the fourth quarter.
Fiore led the Minutemen with three goals and two assists in the game, while Morley also recorded a hat trick. Jimmy Mormile led Brown with three goals and an assist, while Jon Thompson has two goals and two assists. Mike Levin made 15 saves in the cage for the Bears, while senior Rob Schneider (Huntington Station, N.Y.) made four saves and allowed 14 goals before being pulled in favor of freshman Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) with 7:45 remaining in the game.
Massachusetts returns to action on Wednesday, March 20, in a 1:00 p.m. non-conference game against Albany at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy, N.Y.