Men's Lacrosse Defeats UMBC, 18-7
April 6, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - AMHERST, Mass. - Junior midfielder Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) scored four goals to lift the University of Massachusetts to an 18-7 victory over University of Maryland-Baltimore County in men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Richard F. Garber Field. Senior's Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.) and Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.) each tallied three goals for the Minutemen.
Massachusetts jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on goals by four different Minutemen within the first 10 minutes of the opening quarter. UMBC cut the Minuteman lead to 4-2 with a pair of goals late in the first quarter. Massachusetts scored five consecutive goals at the end of the first and beginning of the second quarter to take a 9-2 lead with 6:48 remaining in the half. The Retrievers scored three goals in the last five minutes of the second quarter, including two extra-man goals, to make the score 9-5 at the half.
Massachusetts opened the second half with four straight goals, including back-to-back goals from Little. Morely scored his third goal of the game on a feed from freshman Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) to give the Minutemen a 13-5 lead. Tundo had a solid performance, recording three assists on the day. Leveille scored his fourth goal of the game with only two seconds remaining in the third quarter to extend the UMass lead. Senior defenseman Matt McFarland (Garden City, N.Y) scored his third goal of the season with 11:17 remaining in the game to seal the Minuteman victory, 18-7.
The Minutemen outshot UMBC, 54-23, and allowed only two goals in the second half. Junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.), senior Dan Paccione (Amityville, N.Y.) and senior Dusty Smith (West Chester, Pa.) each tallied two goals for the Minutemen, while freshman Craig Conn (St. Catherines, Ontario) and McFarland each scored one goal.
Freshman goaltender Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made eight saves in the cage for the Minutemen, while UMBC goaltenders Tim Flanagan and Kevin Cepelek combined for 20 saves on the day.
Massachusetts returns to action next Saturday, April 13, when it travels to New England rival Yale for a non-conference game at 1:00 p.m.