No. 13 UMass Dominates Penn State, 18-8
April 2, 2005
The No. 13 University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team defeated Penn State, 18-8, thanks to the lethal offensive combination of senior Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and junior Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) who combined for five goals and six assists this afternoon on soaking wet Garber Field.
Doyle found the back of the cage four times, which tied a career-high, on the afternoon and dished out an assist for a career-best five points. Morris, who was added to the Tewaaraton Watch List this week, tied a career-best six points, off a career-high five assists on the afternoon, to go along with a goal.
The 18 Minutemen goals were the most since March 15, 2003, when UMass defeated Brown, 18-6, against Brown on Garber Field.
UMass (6-2, 1-1) got on the board first when senior Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) found Doyle in front of the cage at the 13:11 mark in the first period. Penn State would respond with two goals from John Eremus and Patrick Heim to give the Nittany Lions their only lead of the game, 2-1.
The Minutemen would go on to score eight unanswered tallies to end the half. Goals from Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario), Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, Mo.), Andrew Recchione (Mahwah, N.J.), Doyle, Tundo, and Morris would prove to put the game out of reach, as UMass went into the locker room up, 9-3.
With his three-point afternoon, Tundo moved up to 99 points for his career, one away from a career-milestone.
Penn State (2-5, 1-1) recorded the first goal of the second half as Will Jones beat senior Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.). The Minutemen answered back, registering a 5-2 goal advantage in the third stanza. Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) and Jamie Yaman (Cortland, N.Y.) got into the scoring mix, as did Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.) to give UMass a commanding 14-5 lead heading into the final period.
Plenty of new faces saw action in the fourth period, as Denis Whelan (Merion Station, Pa) and Rory Pedrick (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) tallied their first goals of the season, and Mike Gongas (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) recorded his first point of the season, the assist on Whelan's goal.
Penn State's Nate Whitaker was held scoreless by senior defensemen Matt Garcia (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) when he was guarding him. Whitaker managed to find the back of the cage with 11:24 remaining in the game.
Jake Deane (Annapolis, Md.) was outstanding at the face-off "X" winning 11-17 and scooping up five groundballs.
UMass returns to action next Saturday, April 9, 2005, when the St. John Red Storm visit Garber Field for the first time since 1992, in another key ECAC matchup.