No. 6 UMass Knocks Off No. 3 Georgetown
April 19, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) scored four goals and Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made 14 saves in the cage to boost the No. 6-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team to an 11-8 victory over No. 3 Georgetown. The win moves UMass' record to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in the ECAC, while Georgetown, who entered the game as the nation's lone undefeated squad, falls to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the ECAC.
UMass never trailed and took a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the game as Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) found Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) in the right slot for the first goal of the game. Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) made it 2-0 at 12:38 with an EMO goal. Georgetown's Neal Goldman cut the lead to 2-1 at 10:23, but freshman Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) pushed the lead back to two goals at 3-1 at the 4:45 mark, which remained the score after one quarter.
The Minutemen increased the lead to four at 5-1 as Fiore and Morris tallied netters in the first six minutes of the second quarter. Trevor Walker narrowed the margin to 5-2 at 7:36, but Zywicki netted his first goal of the game with just 55 seconds to play before halftime for a 6-2 cushion.
In the first five minutes of the second half, Georgetown twice cut the margin to three goals at 6-3 and 7-4, but Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) bumped the advantage back to four goals at 8-4 with a rocket from the left slot. However, Georgetown trimmed the margin to 8-6 just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter on a Phil Vincenti marker. But Steven Byrnes (Mahopac, N.Y.), a freshman longstick defenseman, scooped up the following face-off and found the back of the cage just six seconds later to increase the lead to 9-6 with his second career goal.
Georgetown would again get within two goals twice, at 9-7 and 10-8, but both times Zywicki tallied a goal to give the Minutemen a three-goal advantage, the last coming at 2:49 for an 11-8 lead. UMass then ran out the clock to preserve its 11th victory of the season.
Both teams clicked on their respective extra-man opportunities. The Minutemen were 3-of-4, while Georgetown was 4-of-8. The Hoyas outshot UMass, 48-35, and controlled 17-of-22 face-offs, but were hampered by only going 15-of-21 on their clearing attempts. UMass went 22-of-26 on its clearing attempts, and eight of Schell's 14 saves came in the pivotal fourth quarter.
The Minutemen will battle seventh-ranked Syracuse next Saturday at Garber Field. Face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. and the first 500 UMass fans into the gates will receive UMass lacrosse T-shirts.