Three Hat Tricks Lift No. 7 UMass Past Brown, 13-9
March 18, 2006
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Three Minutemen had hat tricks as No. 7 UMass won the latest chapter of New England's greatest lacrosse rivalry, 13-9, on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. Brett Garber had a career-high four goals along with an assist for a career-high five points. Senior Jamie Yaman and freshman Jim Connolly each had their first career hat tricks in the win for UMass (4-1 overall). For Brown (2-3), Alex Buckley had three goals and two assists.
Garber scored two goals early in the fourth quarter to give UMass a 12-9 lead followed by Yaman's third of the game for a 13-9 lead with 7:39 left in the game for the final tally.
UMass tallied two man-up goals in the final minutes of the third quarter to take a 10-8 lead. Garber and Yaman each scored their second goals of the game - both on feeds from Sean Morris - with the man advantage heading to the fourth quarter.
The nation's leading scorer coming in the game with 6.5 points per game, Morris finished with three points on a goal and two assists. He now has 29 points in five games, 5.8 per game.
Brown scored three of the first four goals in the third quarter as Buckley, Kyle Wailes and Will Davis scored for the Bears sandwiched around Yaman's fifth goal of the season making it 8-7 with 7:26 left in the third period.
Brown cut the lead to 4-3 on Alex Buckley's second goal of the game with 7:51 left in the half. Connolly scored the next two goals making it 6-3 UMass. The first of the pair came on a feed from Brian Jacovina with 4:56 left in the half. Connolly finished a pretty fast break started by Jack Reid who fed Andrew Recchione who hit the freshman for his first career hat trick with 2:31 left. After a Brown goal making it 6-4. Pat Larmon's goal with 21 seconds made it 7-4 at halftime.
After Brown roared out to a 2-0 lead, UMass tallied the final four goals of the first quarter to lead 4-2 after the first quarter. The run started with just after the Bears' second goal as Jake Deane won the face-off and then finished the play off a feed from Paul Manesis with 7:16 left in the quarter. Soon after Morris tallied a beautiful wrapraround goal from the right side tying the game at 2-2 with 3:02 left. Connolly made it 3-2 on a strong individual effort with 13 seconds later. Garber's blast from the top made it 4-2 with 1:37 in the first quarter.
UMass goalie Doc Schneider made seven saves. Brown's Nick Gentilesco had eight stops.
Both teams were perfect on clearing in the game, UMass 14-of-14 and Brown 13-of-13.
UMass returns to Garber Field for back-to-back home games against Sacred Heart on Tuesday at 3 p.m. followed by the ECAC opener against Loyola on Saturday at Noon.
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