Defense, Morris Lead No. 11 UMass To 8-3 Win At Sacred Heart
March 22, 2005
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team continued its stellar defensive play with an 8-3 victory at Sacred Heart on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. Sean Morris had his fifth hat trick of the season, scoring the final three goals of the game. The Minutemen's defense held Sacred Heart's top four scorers without a point as UMass had its best defensive outing since a 6-3 win over Hofstra last season.
"Our defense was excellent," said head coach Greg Cannella. "Bill Schell was solid in goal and Dane Collins won a lot of draws. This was a team effort and I am proud of our guys. Sacred Heart hung around. They are a very good team and played scrappy much like our team."
Schell had his best game of the season with 14 saves. Schell now has 480 career saves to rank fifth all-time at UMass. Collins won 9-of-14 face-offs.
Morris finished off his hat trick with the only goals of the fourth quarter after he and Jeff Zwyicki scored in the third quarter to give UMass a commanding 6-3 lead heading to the last period.
The teams traded goals in the second quarter as SHU opened the scoring as Rory Morse tallied on the extra-man scoring as he was falling to the ground after being checked just 37 seconds into the quarter. UMass' Andrew Recchione answered to a make it 3-1. The Pioneers then made to 2-for-2 on the EMO as Billy Fuchs banged in a rebound to make it 3-2, UMass with 5:41 left in the half. Gene Tundo answered less than a minute later to make is 4-2 heading to halftime.
Zwyicki opened the scoring with a behind-the-back goal just 6:30 into the game off a pass from Tundo. Brian Jacovina made it 2-0 with a blistering shot with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
UMass continues on the road as the Minutemen open the ECAC schedule at Loyola as the teams face-off in Baltimore on Saturday at 1 p.m.