Men's Lacrosse Defeats No. 3 Georgetown, 16-13
April 20, 2002
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) scored four goals and freshman goaltender Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made 20 saves as the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team upset third-ranked and previously undefeated Georgetown, 16-13, this afternoon at Harbin Field. With the victory, the Minutemen secure the ECAC Lacrosse League's automatic big to the NCAA Tournament.
Massachusetts jumped over the Hoyas early and often en route to an 8-2 first quarter lead. Leveille, senior Dan Paccione (Amityville, N.Y.) and sophomore Jeff Zywicki (Nepean, Ontario) each netted two goals during the first quarter run.
Georgetown rebounded by outscoring the Minutemen 4-1 in the second quarter to cut the Massachusetts lead to 9-6 at the half. The two teams traded goals in the third quarter, with each team netting fours goals. Massachusetts took a 13-10 lead into the fourth quarter.
Senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal off a rebound at the 14:06 mark of the fourth quarter to give Massachusetts a 14-10 lead. The Hoyas responded with a pair of goals to cut the lead to 14-12 with 11:58 remaining. Leveille then netted his fourth goal of the game to push the Minuteman lead back to three before Georgetown scored at the 9:20 mark. Morley finished off the game by netting his second goal of the quarter off a feed from junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) with 1:00 remaining in regulation.
Leveille paced the Minutemen with four goals, while freshman attackman Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) had a season-high four assists. Fiore, senior Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.), Morley, Paccione and Zywicki each finished the game with two goals each. Fiore also had a pair of assists.
Steve Dusseau and Trevor Walker led the Hoyas with four goals each, while Scott Schroeder made 11 saves in the cage.
The victory assures the Minutemen of at least a share of the ECAC title for the second straight season. Last year, Georgetown earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its head-to-head victory over Massachusetts. The victory in today's game assures that Massachusetts will be making its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 1997.