Second-Half Surge Sends No. 10 UMass Past Sacred Heart, 17-9
March 21, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - No. 10 UMass scored nine consecutive goals in the second half to surge past Sacred Heart on the way to a 17-9 win at a chilly Garber Field on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) scored three of his four goals in the 9-0 run as the Minutemen improve to 5-1 on the season. It was Garber's second-straight four-goal game after setting his career high on Saturday at Brown.
Senior Clay Stabert (Wynnewood, Pa.) tallied a career-high four goals and added an assist a career-best five points in the win. Sophomore Fred Federico (Madison, Conn.) and senior Bret Caretsky (Northport, N.Y.) each scored two goals -- both in the 9-0 run -- for each of their first career multi-goal games.
After a 5-0 run by Sacred Heart bridging the second and third quarters which tied the game at 8-8, UMass scored nine straight goals over a span of 16:51 beginning with back-to-back goals by Garber, 57 seconds apart putting the Minutemen ahead for good at 10-8 with 3:01 left in the third quarter. Stabert scored nine seconds later off a face-off win by Jake Deane (Annapolis, Md.), who fed Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.) to make it 11-8.
All-American Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) scored his only goal of the game off a pass from Jacovina making it 12-8 just nine seconds into the fourth quarter -- again coming off a face-off win by Deane. Garber scored his fourth of the game off an assist by Morris marking it 13-8 with 13:14 left.
Caretsky and Federico alternated the next four goals to put the Minutemen ahead 17-8 with 2:13 left.
Sacred Heart's Kiel Adams scored his team-high third goal of the game to end the run with 18 seconds left in regulation and the 17-9 final.
UMass jumped out to a 5-0 lead just 5:34 into the game on a goals by Stabert, Andrew Recchione (Mahwah, N.J.), Deane, Stabert and Jamie Yaman (Cortland, N.Y.). Sacred Heart got back into the game and eventually tied it at 8-8 as Kevin Walker scored twice in a 5-0 run. Dylan Bittlingmaier scorted his first goal of the year to deadlock the game with 5:28 left in the third quarter.
Deane was sensational on face-offs again winning 20-of-26 and scooping a game-high nine groundballs. Deane has 50 groundballs in just six games this season and has won 88-of-135 draws this season for 65 percent.
Morris finished with three points and continues to lead the nation with 32 points in six games for 5.3 per game.
Goalie Doc Schneider (Massapequa, N.Y.) made 12 saves including six in the fourth quarter while UMass made its run.
The Minutemen open their ECAC season on Saturday, March 25 at No. 19 Loyola comes to Garber Field for a Noon face-off. UMass has never beaten the Greyhounds, standing 0-9 all-time vs. the Baltimore team.
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