Leveille, Fiore Spark Minutemen Past Harvard
April 16, 2003
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) and Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) combined for seven goals and one assist and the Minutemen outlasted a pesky Harvard squad for a 11-6 victory on a windy Wednesday afternoon. The moves UMass' record to 10-1 overall, which equals the best record in school history after 11 games.
The Minutemen wasted little time scoring, as Fiore tallied his 25th goal of the season with an EMO goal just 43 seconds into the game. Leveille scored at the 8:11 mark for a 2-0 cushion. Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) assisted on both goals. Harvard rallied to tie the score at 2-2 on goals by Steve Cohen and Jeff Gotschall, but Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) tipped in a Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) pass at the 3:25 mark to give UMass the lead again at 3-2, which was the score at the end of 15 minutes of play.
The two teams played a slowdown style in the second quarter. Neither team mounted a serious offensive charge in the frame. UMass opened the scoring in the frame, as he gave UMass a 4-2 lead at the 7:18 mark with a bounce shot from the right slot for his 11th goal of the season. Doug Logigian scored at the 2:59 mark to bring Harvard within one at 4-3, but couldn't get the equalizer late in the half, and UMass took a 4-3 lead into the locker room.
Fiore then started the second half the way he started the game, scooping up the initial face-off, racing the length of the field and firing a low shot into the back of the cage for a 5-3 advantage just 13 seconds into the second half. The goal, Fiore's second of the game, was his 100th career point at UMass. Sean Kane cut the UMass lead to 5-4 at the 13:24 mark, but Leveille tallied his second tally of the day with an EMO goal to push the lead back to two goals at 6-4 at 10:23. However, Harvard crawled to within one again on Kane's second goal of the quarter with just under six minutes to play. Leveille pushed the lead to 8-5 with two goals in a two-minute span, which stood as the score at the end of three quarters.
Ryan Connolly (North Andover, Mass.) tallied his ninth goal of the year four minutes into the final quarter to push UMass' lead to 9-5. Kevin Glenz (Merrick, N.Y.) would bounce home a rebound with 8:28 to play to increase the UMass cushion to 10-5, and Fiore completed his hat trick with just over six minutes to play for an 11-5 advantage. Harvard tallied a late EMO goal with just over a minute to play, but the Minutemen held on for their 10th victory of the season.
The Minutemen return home for their next two games. On Saturday, April 19, UMass takes on ECAC rival and No. 3-ranked Georgetown. The following Saturday, No. 7-ranked Syracuse comes to Garber Field. Both games start at 1:00 p.m.