UMass Wins Third Straight With Win Over PSU
April 3, 2004
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The University of Massachusetts lacrosse team won its third straight game with a 17-8 decision over ECAC rival Penn State on Saturday. UMass, which got hat tricks from three different players, improved to 5-4 with the victory and 1-0 in the ECAC.
The Minutemen came out on fire in the first period, tallying the game's first five goals. Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Kevin Glenz (Merrick, N.Y.) tallied netters in the first five minutes for a 2-0 advantage. Lundberg would tally his second of the game with an assist to Gene Tundo (Orchard Park), who also assisted on Lundberg's first tally, at the 5:32 mark. Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) and Tundo would tally goals two minutes apart, the last coming with 2:28 to play in the period for a 5-0 cushion. Penn State's John Aremus ended the UMass run with just over a minute to play in the stanza with a man-up goal to cut the Minuteman lead to 5-1 after one period.
However, Matt Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) stopped any Penn State rally three minutes into the second period with his 11th goal of the season for a 6-1 lead. The Nittany Lions started to rally cutting the lead to 6-3, but Lundberg completed his first-half hat trick and Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) tallied goals a miunte apart for an 8-3 lead. Morris' goal came at 1:51 remaining, and set off an offensive explosion by both teams. Penn State scored three goals in the final 1:15, cutting the UMass halftime lead to 9-6.
Both teams then turned to their defenses in the second half. After Doyle scored his second goal of the game just 34 seconds into the third quarter. After Penn State narrowed the margin to 10-7, that would be as close as the Nittany Lions would get. Matt Tundo tallied his second goal of the game to push the margin to 12-7. Jamie Yaman (Cortland, N.Y.) would give UMass a 13-8 lead, before Matt Tundo picked up his hat trick with 5:05 remaining in the game and Glenz tallied his hat trick with 3:58 remaining for a 15-8 UMass advantage. Gene Tundo dished out assists on both goals, his third and fourth of the game. Clay Stabert (Wynnewood, Pa.) closed out the scoring to give the Minutemen a 17-8 victory. Gene Tundo led the Minutemen with a career-best six points (2 g, 4 a) and six different players tallied at least three points.
UMass will host Manhattan next Friday, April 9, at Garber Field at 7:00 p.m. The game marks UMass' first night game since the 1999 season. For ticket information, call 1-866-UMASS-TIX.