No. 9 UMass Throttles No. 17 Brown, 12-5
March 19, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. -- With the New England Patriots Super Bowl Champion coach Bill Belichick in attendance at the biggest New England men's lacrosse rivalry, No. 9 Massachusetts combined a balanced offensive attack and a spirited defensive effort to throttle No. 17 Brown, 12-5, Saturday afternoon on Garber Field.
Senior Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) paced the Minutemen attack with three goals and an assist, while sophomore Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) found the back of the cage twice and notched an assist. Eight Minutemen scored on the afternoon, as UMass was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra-man opportunities.
The difference in the game however, was junior Jack Reid (Glastonbury, Conn.), who was remarkable on defense, as he stymied preseason All-American Chazz Woodson to zero points and five turnovers.
UMass opened up a 2-0 lead in the first period as sophomores Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.) and Andrew Recchione (Mahwah, N.J.) each tallied goals. Brown responded with a goal by David Madeira to make the score 2-1 at the end of the first stanza.
Over the next 32:54 of the game, the Minutemen defense would hold the Bears scoreless, while hitting the twine on nine occasions. Two man-up goals in the second period by Zywicki and senior Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) sandwiched a goal by junior Jamie Yaman (Cortland, N.Y.) at the 4:21 mark, to put UMass up 5-1 at the half.
The Minutemen continued the offensive onslaught, with six goals in the third period. Zwyicki notched two goals, while senior Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y), Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.), Garber and Yaman all beat Brown goalkeeper Nichola Gentilesco, to break the game open with a 11-1 lead.
The Bears tallied four goals in the final stanza and Garber added another tally to make the final score 12-7. The Minutemen defense of Matt Garcia (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), Aaron Paskalis (Gloucester, Mass.), and Reid combined for six caused turnovers, with Reid having three. Reid tallied his first-career point as well, assisting Tundo's goal in the third period.
UMass returns to action on Tuesday, March 22, when the Minutemen travel to Fairfield, Conn., to take on Sacred Heart at 3:00 p.m in another tough New England matchup.