No. 10 Men's Lacrosse Storms Past St. John's, 14-6
April 9, 2005
Amherst, Mass. - A balanced scoring attack that saw 10 Minutemen find the back of the cage afternoon led the No. 10 University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team over St. John's, 14-6, in Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) action this afternoon on Garber Field.
Senior Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) led the way for UMass, as he tallied four goals to pace the offensive attack. Junior Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) piled up five points off two goals and three assists, and senior Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored a goal and dished two assists.
Tundo reached a career-milestone on the day as he recorded his 100th career point when he scored a goal 1:02 into the second half. Tundo became the second player to register his 100th career point this season, as Zywicki achieved the accomplishment on March 12 against Stony Brook.
UMass (7-2, 2-1 ECAC) went up 2-0 in the first period thanks in part to two unassisted goals from Zywicki and senior Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.). St. John's freshman Justin O'Donnell would cut the lead to one as he scored his first of four goals on the day with :49 seconds remaining in the first period.
The Minutemen tallied three answered goals to start the second stanza to push the lead to 5-2. Morris, Zywicki, and sophomore Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.) all found the back of the cage before St. John's would come storming back with two quick goals from O'Donnell and freshman Tom Michaelson to cut the deficit to one at the end of the half.
UMass proved to be too much in the third quarter, as the Minutemen fired 16 shots to just three by the Red Storm and opened up the period tallying six unanswered goals. Tundo tallied his 100th career point of a feed from Morris, before Tundo dished out assists to sophomore Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Zywicki. Morris and sophomore Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) found the back of the cage, before junior Clay Stabert (Lower Merion, Pa.) for the first time in the 2005 campaign. O'Donnell would register another goal with just :02 left on the clock go leave the score, 11-4, with one quarter left to play.
The Minutemen scored three unanswered goals in the final stanza to put the game out of reach. Zywicki would post his final tally before sophomore Mike Gongas (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and freshman Fred Federico (Madison, Conn.) find the twine for the first time in their careers to complete the UMass scoring on the afternoon.
Senior Rich Guyre (Landing, N.J.) made his first career start and sophomore Dan Whipple (Longmeadow, Mass.) scooped up a career-best eight groundballs to led the UMass defense on the afternoon, which held a team to seven or less goals for the six time this year.
Senior Bill Schell was solid in the cage, recording seven saves and just allowing four goals on the afternoon. For St. John's (2-8, 0-4) freshman Dave Saccente made 18 stops in goal.
UMass hits the road for a huge ECAC game against Hobart on Saturday April 15, 2005 at 1:00 p.m.