Penn State Upsets Sixth-Ranked UMass, 11-10
March 29, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Penn State's Will Jones scored with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter to break a 10-10 tie and give the Nittany Lions an 11-10 victory over Massachusetts in men's lacrosse action Saturday at Garber Field. UMass drops to 7-1 overall with the loss and 1-1 in the ECAC. The game featured 10 ties and neither team led by more than one goal.
The two teams put on an offensive explosion in the first quarter. After PSU had taken a 1-0 lead early, Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) netted goals to give the Minutemen a 2-1 advantage. Penn State rallied to take a 3-2 lead on two Nate Whitaker goals just 10 seconds apart. Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) tied the game at 3-3 just 13 seconds after Whitaker's second goal and Chris Fiore gave the lead back to UMass at 4-3 with a goal at the 6:40 mark. PSU again took a 5-4 lead, but Leveille and Kevin Glenz (Merrick, N.Y.) scored in the last three minutes for a 6-5 cushion after one quarter.
Nate Whitaker scored twice in the second quarter to take a 7-6 lead for the Nittany Lions, but Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) tied the game with just nine seconds left before halftime to send the two teams into halftime break tied at seven.
UMass held 8-7 and 9-8 leads in the third quarter on netters by Leveille and Zywicki, but once again, PSU tied it up on Marshall Feldman's second goal of the third quarter at the 2:22 mark to knot the score at nine heading into the fourth quarter.
Penn State took its first lead of the second half when Will Jones scored with 12:48 left, but the Minutemen answered with a Doyle goal at 10:32, setting up Jones' heroics.
Zywicki led the Minutemen in scoring for the sixth straight game with two goals and two assists. Leveille added a hat trick and Doyle netted two goals.
The Minutemen aim to get back to their winning ways with an ECAC game next Saturday at Maryland-Baltimore County. Face-off is at 1:00 p.m. in Baltimore.