Zywicki's Magic Lifts #8 UMass Over #7 Syracuse, 14-13, In OT
April 30, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Senior Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) picked up his own rebound and buried a shot into the rain-soaked twine 50 seconds into overtime, as the No. 8 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team defeated the No. 7 Syracuse Orange, 14-13, in overtime this afternoon on Garber Field.
This is the second time UMass has defeated Syracuse in three years, with both wins coming on Garber Field. In 2003, the Minutemen topped the Orange, 14-13, in overtime, with Zywicki tallying the game-winner in that game as well. For the second time in school history, UMass defeated the defending national champion, the last time being in 2003 against Syracuse--which ended a 22 game-losing streak against Syracuse.
UMass (11-2) lit up the scoreboard first, when senior Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) netted a goal off a terrific individual effort. Syracuse would answer back, posting three unanswered goals, by Brian Crockett and two by Brett Bucktooth. Over the next 10:33 carrying into the second quarter, the Minutemen defense held the Orange scoreless, and managed to pile in six unanswered goals. Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) started the scoring barrage off with an unassisted goal with 6:38 remaining in the quarter.
Off one of Dane Collins' (Ridley Park, Pa.) career-best 18 face-off wins, Zywicki raced to tally the first of his three goals on the afternoon for his 12th career hat trick. Junior Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) found Brett Garber (Avon, Conn.) in front of the cage at the 4:34 mark to give the Minutemen their first lead of the afternoon, on a man-up tally. Morris would register his first goal on the day just eight seconds later off a feed from Jake Deane (Annapolis, Md.). Sophomore Sam Moody (Amherst, Mass.) tallied his first point of the season when he assisted Tundo's second of the game with: 28 ticks on the clock.
Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, Mo.) scored a goal in his six-straight game to push the Minutemen lead to 7-3 with 11:03 left in the half. Two goals from Buckworth and Steven Brooks would cut the lead to two for the Orange, before Doyle and Zywicki both found the back of the cage with less than: 30 remaining in the half to regain the four goal cushion heading into the locker room.
Crockett started off the scoring of the second half, tallying a goal off a feed from Mike Leveille at the 6:58 mark. Morris notched a goal just over two minutes later before would post his second goal of the game with 4:29 remaining in the quarter. Another Brooks goals finished the scoring in the quarter, leaving UMass with an 11-7 lead, with one quarter to play.
Senior Ryan Connolly (North Andover, Mass.) would give Syracuse their largest deficit of the season, giving UMass a five-goal cushion with 13:41 left in the game. The two teams would trade goals, a tally from Jarrett Jack and Brett Garber's second man-up goals of the afternoon, before Syracuse went on a 5-0 run to end the period. Goals from Park, Crockett, and Greg Rommell, cut the lead to two, with 6:09 to play. Leveille netted his first goal of the game with 1:15 left, before Buckworth would notched his fourth goal of the game with only: 28 left on the clock, to send the game into overtime.
Syracuse had the first chance in the extra stanza, as Crockett ripped a shot that rocketed off the right post. The Minutemen cleared the ball and found Zywicki, who blasted a shot, but Jay Pfiefer, made his 12th save of the game. Zywicki picked up the groundball off his shot and slipped it into the cage, sending the 3,428 soaked fans in attendance into an uproar.
Senior Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) stopped 10 Syracuse shots on the afternoon to pick up his 11th win of the season.
The Minutemen look to clinch the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) title, when they travel to Rutgers on May 7th. A win in New Brunswick would give UMass its third ECAC crown.