Minutemen Use Big Second Half To Top Jaspers
April 9, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 19 University of Massachusetts lacrosse team overcame a slow start by outscoring Manhattan, 10-0, in the second half en route to a 16-4 victory at Garber Field over the Jaspers. The win, UMass' fourth in a row, improves the Minutemen's record to 6-4 overall.
After a slow start to the contest that saw Manhattan take two different two-goal leads at 3-1 and 4-2, UMass showed its offensive firepower midway through the second quarter, scoring the game's last 14 goals. Steven Byrnes (Mahopac, N.Y.) brought UMass to within one at 4-3 with 7:10 to play, then the Minutemen tallied three goals in a one-minute, 10-second span late in the quarter to take control. Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) netted a pair of goals, sandwiching a Jamie Yaman (Cortland, N.Y.) netter to claim a 6-4 lead at halftime.
The Minutemen thoroughly dominated the second half, but still only held a 7-4 advantage after three quarters after a Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) goal with just 21 seconds to play. However, the final quarter was all UMass, as eight different players tallied nine goals. Matt Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) tallied UMass' first goal of the frame at 12:56 for an 8-4 lead, and Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) netted his first of the contest at 10:27 for a 9-4 advantage. After that goal, the longest the Minutemen went without a goal was 1:56, as Doyle, Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Doyle, Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.), Denis Whelan (Merion Station, Pa.), Sam Moody (Amherst, Mass.) and Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, Mo.) all netted goals in the last 8:33 of the game.
UMass dominated statistically, winning 17-of-24 face-offs, and outshooting the Jaspers, 46-16, including 23-2 in the second half. UMass also scooped up 41 ground balls to Manhattan's 22. Dane Collins (Ridley Park, Pa.) was impressive at the "X", winning 14-of-19 face-offs. Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) stopped three shots in the cage.
UMass will take on Yale in New Haven, Conn., next Saturday, April 17, at 1:00 p.m. It will be the first game for first-year Yale Head Coach Andy Shay against the Minutemen. Shay spent four seasons at UMass before taking the head job with the Bulldogs.