#9 Syracuse Downs #11 UMass, 12-7
April 29, 2006
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - After jumping out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, No. 9 Syracuse outscored No. 11 UMass, 10-3 for the remainder of the game to come up with the 12-7 victory at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Senior All-American Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) scored twice as did junior Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.). UMass (9-4 overall) hosts Rutgers in a crucial game -- on Senior Day next Saturday at Garber Field at 3:30 p.m.
UMass junior Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.) had a career-high four assists in the loss.
Syracuse's offense was on disply for much of the day as senior Brett Bucktooth scored three goals while Patrick Perritt and Brian Crockett each added two goals. The Orange have won six games in a row and are now 7-4 after starting the year 1-4.
Special teams were a huge story as Syracuse scored on 3-of-6 man-up chances on goals by Bucktooth, Joe Yevoli and Mike Leveille. UMass -- which came into the game scoring at a 50-percent clip on man-up was held scoreless going 0-for-5 with the advantage.
UMass' Jack Reid (Glastonbury, Conn.) continued to show why he is one of the best defensemen in the nation harrassing Yevoli all day, giving up just one goal on a broken play in the third quarter where a loose ball came to the Orange's third-leading scorer. Reid finished with three groundballs and four caused turnovers.
UMass won the face-off battle as senior Jake Deane (Annapolis, Md.) won 14-of-23 and had seven groundballs. Morris also had a career-high seven groundballs.
After the Orange jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Perritt and Leveille in the first 3:39, UMass went to work scoring four straight goals. Senior Clay Stabert (Wynnewood, Pa.) took a feed from Rory Pedrick (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) for the Minutemen's first goal. Sophomore Fred Federico (Madison, Conn.) ripped a shot for a goal tying the game at 2-2 with 4:17 left in the first. Morris and Garber then each scored their first of two goals in the game to give UMass at 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Syracuse scored the next three goals to take a 5-4 lead with 10:00 left in the first half. Long-pole defenseman Steve Panarelli finished the run with a huge shot for his fourth goal of the season. Morris netted his second goal to tie the game at 5-5 with 7:37 left in the first half -- to tie the game for the final time.
The Orange closed the half with goals from Crockett and the goal of the game by Perritt on a back-hand over-the shoulder with 15 seconds left in the first half for the 7-5 SU lead.
Garber got UMass to within one at 7-6 on a goal off Jacovina's third assist of the game with 10:21 left.
But Syracuse scored the next five goals -- two on the man-up to build the commanding 12-6 lead on the way to the victory.
Freshman Jim Connolly (North Andover, Mass.) broke a two-game scoreless streak scoring with 15 left in regulation off Jacovina's career-best fourth assist.
UMass continues to be winless at the Carrier Dome, vs. Syracuse, 0-12 all-time. The Minutemen have not won at Syracuse since 1976 -- the first game in the series. UMass has lost 15 in a row in Syracuse.
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