UMass Holds Off Yale Rally, 12-10
April 12, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) scored two goals and two assists and the University of Massachusetts held off a spirited Yale comeback to claim a 12-10 victory over the Bulldogs at Garber Field. The Minutemen improve to 9-1 with the win, while Yale slips to 7-3.
UMass wasted no time in jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Just a minute-and-a-half in, Leveille scored his first goal of the game with an assist from Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.). Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) quickly gave the Minutemen a 2-0 lead just 38 seconds later with the first of his two goals to give the Minutemen a 2-0 lead just two minutes into the game. The score remained the same until just 27 seconds remained when Lundberg tallied his second goal for a 3-0 advantage. However, Yale cut into the UMass lead on goals by Daniel Brillman and Seth Goldberg, both coming in the final 14 seconds to trim the UMass cushion to 3-2 after one quarter.
Yale tied the game at 3-3 on a Michael Scaglione goal at the 10:03 mark, but the Minutemen went on a 4-0 run, spanning almost eight minutes to take a 7-3 lead. Four different Minutemen scored in the run that was stopped when Scaglione scored his second goal of the game with just 42 seconds left before halftime. But Leveille tallied his second goal of the half with just two seconds left before halftime to give the Minutemen an 8-4 halftime advantage.
Yale scored the first four goals of the second half to tie the game at 8-8, including two by Scott Kenworthy, but Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) notched his second marker of the contest with 44 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Minutemen the lead for good.
Zywicki increased the UMass margin to 10-8 with his 30th goal of the season, 35 seconds into the fourth quarter. Yale twice cut the deficit to one goal, the last time at 11-10, but Kevin Glenz (Merrick, N.Y.) scored at the 7:08 mark to give the Minutemen a 12-10 lead. UMass then ran out the final minutes, aided by two Yale penalties in the last three minutes of the game to claim its ninth victory of the season.
UMass outshot the Bulldogs, 37-31, and went an impressive 20-of-21 on clearing attempts, while holding Yale to 20-of-30. Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) recorded 10 saves in the cage for UMass.
UMass will travel to Harvard on Wednesday, April 16, for a 3:00 p.m. game with the Crimson. The Minutemen will return home next Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game against ECAC rival, Georgetown.
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