No. 15 UMass Hosts Yale Saturday At 1 p.m.
March 3, 2005
#15 MASSACHUSETTS (1-0) vs. YALE (0-0)
#15 UMass hosts Yale In Home Opener
The Minutemen come off a 7-7 season and primed to rebound as they look for their third NCAA berth in four seasons. Yale had a rebuilding year and finished 6-8 last season.
Saturday's game is the season-opener for Yale as the Ivy League can not begin play until March. Yale head coach Andy Shay returns to Amherst, where he was an assistant coach from 2000-03.
The Series With Yale
The teams played 14 consecutive times, from 1983 to 1996, in which the Minutemen were victorious 12 times. UMass won 6 contests in a row from 1991 to 1996.
The Recent Meetings
In the last game at Garber, on April 12, 2003, the Minutemen held off a Yale comeback to earn a 12-10 victory on Garber Field. Jeff Zywicki tallied a hat trick and Morris tallied a goal an assist in the win the pushed the No. 7 UMass to a 9-1 record. Dane Collins (Ridley Park, Pa.) dominated the face-off "X" winning 14-21 face offs and scooping up two groundballs. Goalie Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) was solid in cage, making ten saves.
Needing a Little Extra Time
Most recently, the Bulldogs prevailed in last season's matchup, a double-overtime thriller in New Haven which resulted in a 9-8 victory for Andy Shay's crew.
Morris Honored ECAC Offensive Player Of Week
Morris tied his career best with five points, including a career-high four goals in the win over No. 25 Hofstra in the season opener for both teams. Morris scored three goals in the second quarter as the Minutemen built a 6-4 halftime lead to put them ahead for the remainder of the contest. Morris also tallied the game's final goal for his career high in scores.
UMass Opens With 12-7 Win Over Hofstra
The Pride opened up the scoring 4:11 into the game as junior John Keysor found the back the cage. Massachusetts responded just under two minutes later as Morris found senior Gene Tundo in front of the goal for his first goal of the season. The Minutemen notched another first period goal as sophomore Brian Jacovina raced 30 yards untouched to find the back of the goal.
UMass scored early and often at the beginning of the second period as Morris notched his first goal of the season, scoring just 56 seconds into the stanza. Morris struck again 1:30 seconds later off a feed from Zywicki to put the Minutemen up 4-1. Senior All-American Chris Doyle got into the scoring mix as he tallied his first goal off another feed from Zywicki less than :30 seconds later. Hofstra scored three unanswered goals in a row from Tim Treubig, Chris Unterstein, and Ryan Vilar in a span of five minutes to cut the Minutemen lead to 5-4. Morris responded by burying a shot for his third goal of the game with 3:33 remaining in the half to give the Minutemen a 6-4 edge heading into the locker room.
Zywicki started the third period scoring off a helper from Tundo 1:51 seconds into the period. Jacovina registered his second unassisted goal of the game at the 4:25 mark before Doyle scored his second goal of the game after he intercepted a Hofstra pass and raced 50 yards to find the back of the cage to put the Minutemen up 9-4. The Pride tallied their only goal of the third period after senior goalie Bill Schell was hit outside the crease going for a ground ball and left the cage open for Treubig's second goal of the game.
Zywicki notched his hat trick just :14 seconds into the final period off a feed from junior Jake Deane. Keysor answered back for the Pride scoring back-to-back goals with 7:45 remaining in the game to cut the UMass lead to three. The Minutemen took control of the game in the final three minutes, getting scores from Zywicki and Morris to claim the victory.
The Reid Radar
This marks the fourth straight year that a UMass player has been named on the preseason list. Jeff Zywicki was on the list last season.
Morris Picks Up Preseason Accolades
Senior midfielder Chris Doyle received preseason all-league honors after finding the back of the cage 25 times last season, a team best. Jack Reid was also named to the team by the coaches along with Morris.
Quartet Of All-Americans
Reid had a great sophomore season as he was named a 2004 STX / USILA Division I Honorable Mention All-America and was named first team All-New England. He led the team with 53 ground balls in only 13 games for an average of 4.08 ground balls per game. He scooped up a career-best eight ground balls twice in the last four games of the season, and was named a first team All-New England selection. He led a defense that allowed only six foes to reach double figures and only 8.36 goals per game. He was named a preseason third team All-American selection after being named to Inside Lacrosse's All-Freshman Team and second team All-New England and second team All-ECAC as a freshman. Reid made the league's second team again in 2004. For his career, Reid has appeared in 29 games and scooped up 86 ground balls.
Morris played in just 10 games last season. He came on late in the season with 11 points over his last three games. In his first year at UMass after transferring from Rutgers, he had 14 goals and eight assists in 2003.
Doyle was named to the All-ECAC First Team and All-New England second team last season. He tied for the team lead with 30 points and his 25 goals was first on the squad in 2004. He scored in every game last season and will carry a 19-game scoring streak into this year. He scored at least two points in the last eight games. For his career, Doyle has 56 points (44 g, 12 a) in 45 career outings.
Garcia was named to the All-New England second team for the second straight year in 2004. Along with Reid, he helped limit opponents to only 8.29 goals per game, which ranked among the nation's top 20. Garcia scooped up 23 ground balls in 11 contests, despite missing three full games with an ankle sprain.
Shay Returning to Garber Field
GET YOUR OFFICIAL