Tewaaraton Trophy Candidates Morris and Reid Lead No. 10 UMass Past Hobart, 14-12
April 16, 2005
GENEVA, N.Y. - UMass' Tewaaraton Trophy Candidates Sean Morris and Jack Reid were sensational as the No. 10 Minutemen beat Hobart on Saturday afternoon, 14-12. Morris set career highs with five goals and eight points. Reid held Hobart's top scorer Nate Hill pointless, as he had four caused turnovers and six groundballs.
Trailing 7-4 midway through the second quarter, UMass went on to score seven of the game's next eight goals to build a 11-8 lead in the third quarter on the way to a 14-12 win at Boswell Field on Saturday. In that 7-1 run, Brian Jacovina and Jeff Zywicki scored each of their two goals in the game.
Morris continued his outstanding play as he piled up a career-high five goals and three assists for a career-high eight points. It was his sixth hat trick of the season in 10 games. His marks were the most by a UMass player since Kevin Glenz had six goals and eight points in a win over Hartford (March 2, 2004). Morris also tied the season high for points by an ECAC player this season as Hobart's Daryl Veltman had eight points last week vs. Penn State. Morris leads UMass in all offensive categories with 27 goals, 16 assists and 43 points.
Gene Tundo had his second career hat trick with three goals and added an assist for four points.
On the defensive end, Reid was sensational shutting down Hobart's leading scorer Nate Hill, holding him scoreless. Reid caused four turnovers and scooped up six groundballs. Reid has held his man pointless in four of the last six games.
UMass has won three games in a row and is 8-2 overall, 3-1 in the ECAC. Hobart is 5-5 and 1-3 in the league, having lost four games in a row.
Gene Tundo scored a man-up goal to make it 14-11 off a pass from Morris after Morris had added his career-best fifth goal to open the scoring in the fourth quarter off a pass from Tundo making it 13-10.
After Hobart broke the run with a man-up goal, Morris added his fourth goal of the game to make it 12-9. The Statesmen's Patrick Meade made it 12-10 heading to the fourth quarter.
Tundo scored to make it 11-8 as UMass continued its 7-1 run bridging the second and third quarters. Brett Garber posted a point for the 10th game in a row as he took a feed from Morris and scored from the door step to make it 10-8 UMass 5:27 into the third period. Brian Jacovina slipped in UMass' ninth goal of the game less than a minute after Hobart had tied the game at 8-8 on a Chris Scanlon goal with 11:21 left in the third quarter.
Jeff Zywicki scored UMass' fourth-straight goal to give the Minutemen their first lead of the game at 8-7 just 43 seconds into the second half. The senior converted a man-up goal off a pass from Morris.
UMass closed the first half with three unanswered goals to tie the game at 7-7 to halftime.
Morris recorded his sixth hat trick of the year as he netted his third goal of the first half - to close a 3-0 scoring run by UMass - tying the game at 7-7 with 1:55 remaining in the first half. Zywicki made it 7-6 with a great dodge and beat Hobart goalie Mike Valente with 3:15 left in the first half. Jacovina scored his ninth goal of the season to bring UMass back to within two at 7-5 with 4:45 left in the first half. The sophomore has points in nine of 10 games this season.
Nate Molnari scored to make it 7-4 Hobart with 7:54 left in the first half. Pat Larmon made it 6-4 with 9:41 left in the second quarter as he scooped up a groundball off a blocked shot taken by Chris Doyle and beat Valente.
Off a Dane Collins face-off win, Morris made it 6-3 as he netted his second goal of the game just 12 seconds after Hobart took a 6-2 lead as Conklin scored the fourth consecutive Statesmen goal, to open the second quarter, 25 seconds into play. Conklin converted a fast break from Veltman making it 6-2.
It was a high-scoring first quarter Hobart built a 5-2 lead. The teams traded the first four goals for a 2-2 score, but Hobart's David scored his second and third of the quarter for a hat trick just 6:16 into the quarter. Hobart took a 5-2 lead just 16 seconds later as Veltman scored.
David opened the scoring with a blast from the right side of the cage just 57 seconds into the game. Tundo scored from the short right side off a pass from Zywicki with 11:39 left in the first quarter to make is 1-1. Hobart took the lead back at 2-1 as Conkin scored his first of the game. Morris equaled the score with his 23rd of the year.
UMass continues its ECAC Conference schedule with a visit from rival No. 5 Georgetown next Saturday, April 23 at Garber Field at 1 p.m.