Minutemen Cruise Past Sacred Heart, 12-4
March 23, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass held Sacred Heart scoreless in three of the four quarters, and cruised past the Pioneers, 12-4, on a windy afternoon at Garber Field. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Minutemen, and improved UMass' record to 3-4 overall. Sacred Heart falls to 0-6 overall.
UMass jumped out early, scoring three goals in the first 7:28 of the first period. Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.), Matt Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and Ryan Connolly (North Andover, Mass.) all tallied goals for the Minutemen and Tundo would tally his second goal of the period with 1:39 to play for a 4-0 first-quarter advantage.
After the Minutemen scored the first two goals of the second period, the Pioneers cut the lead to 6-4 behind a pair of Ben Giamichael netters. However, Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) stopped the Sacred Heart rally with his second goal of the season with just 30 seconds to play before halftime and a 7-4 cushion.
UMass dominated the second half, outscoring the Pioneers, 5-0, and outshooting SHU, 22-7. Connolly got UMass rolling with his second goal of the game four minutes after halftime and Tundo completed his first career hat trick with five minutes to play in the third period for a 9-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Local product Sam Moody (Amherst, Mass.) tallied his first career goal 3:17 into the final frame and Doyle and Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) rounded out the UMass scoring. The story, however, was the UMass defense. Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made eight saves to earn his third win of the season and the Minutemen outshot the Pioneers, 38-22. UMass also limited Sacred Heart to convert on only 13-of-24 clearing attempts.Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) tied a career high with four assists.
The Minutemen will Hofstra in a key regional battle on Sunday, March 28, at 1:00 p.m. at Garber Field. For ticket information, call the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 1-866-UMASS-TIX.