Spirited Effort Lifts Minutemen, 9-6
May 8, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts lacrosse team put together a spirited effort in topping No. 10-ranked Rutgers, 9-6, on Senior Day at Garber Field. The win, which snapped a three-game losing streak, improves UMass' record to 7-7 overall and 2-1 in the ECAC.
The Minutemen dominated from the opening face-off, and took a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game as freshman Matt Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored from in close on an assist from Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, Mo.). Matt's brother, Gene, gave the Minutemen a 2-0 advantage late in the first quarter after a nifty move left him all alone in front of the net and slid a low shot past RU goalie Greg Havalchak. Rutgers narrowed the margin to 2-1 on a John Flanagan netter at the 10:15 mark of the second quarter, but UMass surged ahead with a pair of goals three minutes apart; the first coming from Jamie Yaman (Homer, N.Y.) and the second coming from Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) with 2:17 to play before halftime.
The Minutemen continued their run in the second half, getting a pair of extra-man goals from Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) and Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) 18 seconds apart for a 6-2 cushion with 11:33 to play. However, Rutgers' Leif Blomquist sparked a Scarlet Knights' rally, netting a pair of goals himself four minutes apart in the third period to bring Rutgers to within 6-5 after three quarters.
But Morris tallied his second goal of the game just two minutes into the final quarter to start a 3-0 run over the first 7:23 of the quarter for a 9-5 cushion. Gene Tundo and Lundberg each tallied goals in the run. Rutgers' Delby Powless scored his first goal of the game with 2:28 to play, but it was too little, too late as the Minutemen came away with a 9-6 triumph on Senior Day at Garber Field.
Havalchuk had 12 saves for Rutgers, while Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) stopped seven shots for the Minutemen. Morris led UMass with four points (2 g, 2 a), Gene Tundo added three (2 g, 1 a) and Lundberg (2 g) and Chris Doyle (1 g, 1 a) both had two points for UMass. Blomquist (2 g, 1 a) and Powless (1 g, 2 a) each had three points for the Scarlet Knights.
The Minutemen dominated statistically, outshooting Rutgers, 38-25, scooping up 24 ground balls to Rutgers' 20 and going 15-of-15 on clearing attempts to Rutgers' 12-of-22. Dane Collins (Ridley Park, Pa.) had his best day of the year at the Face-off "X", winning 13-of-18 draws.
UMass concludes the season at 7-7, while Rutgers (8-5) awaits word on a possible NCAA Tournament berth.