April 17, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. -
Three different Minutemen scored hat tricks, including a four-goal performance from senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.), to lead the University of Massachusetts to an 18-10 victory over Harvard in men's lacrosse action this afternoon at Richard F. Garber Field. The win was the 400th in the 49-year history of the men's lacrosse program at UMass, which is now 400-203-3 (.663) all-time.
No. 13 Massachusetts took control of the game early and held a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Harvard got to within two by scoring five of the first six goals in the second quarter to make the score, 7-5, in favor of the Minutemen at the 2:31 mark. However, junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) scored his third goal of the game with just three seconds remaining in the first half to give Massachusetts an 8-5 halftime lead.
The Minutemen outscored Harvard, 10-5, in the second half en route to the eight-goal victory. Morley led the way for the Minutemen with four goals. Junior Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) and Fiore each finished the game with three goals. Leveille also added two assists. Senior Dan Paccione (Amityville, N.Y.) had two goals and an assist, freshman Craig Conn (St. Catherines, Ontario) recorded three assists and senior Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.) had a pair of goals. Freshman attacker Ryan Connolly (North Andover, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal in the victory.
Mike McBride scored three goals to lead the Crimson, while Jeff Gotschall and Jay Wich each had a pair of goals. Doug Logigian and Matt Primm both had a goal and an assist.
Freshman goaltender Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made a career-high 13 saves in the cage for the Minutemen, while Crimson goaltender Jake McKenna made 19 saves. Massachusetts improves to 9-2 overall on the season, while Harvard drops to 4-6 overall.
Massachusetts returns to action on Saturday, April 20, when it travels to Washington, D.C., for a 2:00 p.m. showdown with undefeated and third-ranked Georgetown. The winner of the game will capture the ECAC Lacrosse League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Both teams are 3-0 in ECAC play. The Hoyas defeated the Minutemen, 13-12, last season in Amherst to capture the league's automatic berth to the tournament.