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No. 13 UMass Travels To Harvard For Wednesday Clash

UMass looks to move to 3-0 this season.

UMass looks to move to 3-0 this season.

March 8, 2005

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    #13 MASSACHUSETTS (2-0) at HARVARD(1-0)
    Wednesday, March 8, 2005 * 3 p.m.
    Jordan Field (900) Cambridge, Mass.
    Live Audio: umassathletics.com through WMUA 91.1

    #13 UMass Travels to Harvard
    * The UMass men's lacrosse team (2-0) heads to Cambridge for their second road game of the 2005 campaign. Behind three goals from preseason All-American Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.), UMass topped Yale, 12-6 at Garber Field in their first home game of the season last Saturday. In that game, Gene Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) found the back of the cage once and handed out three assists to pace the Mintuemen attack. UMass is ranked No. 13 in the latest Geico/STX Coaches Poll.

    * The Minutemen come off a 7-7 season and primed to rebound as they look for their third NCAA berth in four seasons. Harvard finished the 2004 season with a 7-6 record. The Crimson are 1-0 this season after a season-opening win over Bucknell, 12-9, last Saturday at home.

    Top Six Tidbits
    * Preseason All-American Sean Morris¹ seven goals account for 30% of UMass tallies this season (24) and was named the UMass/Dinn Brother's Athlete of the Week this week.

    * Bill Schell moved up to seventh all-time in saves against Yale with 439.

    * UMass' defense has allowed just 6.50 goals per game behind Schell and preseason All-Americans Jack Reid and Matt Garcia. That mark is seventh in the nation at this early point.

    * UMass and Harvard have split their last four meetings, two UMass wins sandwiched between Crimson victories.

    * UMass and Harvard have gone to overtime on three occassions, the last coming in 1992.

    * Three Minutemen will meet up with old high school teammates in this afternoon¹s matchup.

    The Series With Harvard
    * UMass holds a 25-10 lead in the all-time series with Harvard. In games played in Cambridge, UMass leads 16-3, while UMass has nine of the 16 games in Amherst.

    * The teams played every year for the past 35 seasons consecutive times, from 1970 to 2004. UMass won eight contests in a row from 1972 to 1979.

    The Recent Meetings
    * UMass lost last season's matchup, 11-7, at Garber Field. Sophomores Brian Jacovina (Hicksville, N.Y.) and Andrew Recchione (Mahwah, N.J.) each tallied their first-career goals and handed out an assist, as did senior co-captain Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.). The Minutemen outshot Harvard 46 to 29 in the loss.

    * In the last game at Cambridge, on April 16, 2003, the Minutemen defeated Harvard 11-6. Jeff Zywicki (Napean, Ontario) tallied a goal and dished out two assists and Sean Morris tallied a goal and an assist in the win the pushed the No. 6 UMass to a 10-1 record, which equaled the best start in school history through ten games. Goalie Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) was solid in cage, making 13 saves.

    Needing a Little Extra Time
    * When the Minutemen take on the Crimson, it could be time for extra lacrosse action. More than any other opponent besides Yale, UMass has played extra time with Harvard, three times in their history.

    * In the last overtime meeting which was on April 22, 1992, UMass prevailed, 8-7, on Garber Field. With the win, the No. 14 Minutemen finished their regular season undefeated at home.

    Same Faces, New Places
    * Several Minutemen will be playing against old high school teammates in this afternoon¹s match. Senior Greg Scott will reunite with Colin Macleod, as they played together at Fairfield Prep in Conn. Junior Dane Collins and Andrew Salamon played together at Haverford High in Pennsylvania. Freshman Brian Danvers will meet up with Greg and Steve Cohen, who all played together at Syosset High on Long Island.

    Morris Continues To Pile Up Honors
    * Junior Sean Morris has been recoginzed this week as the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week. Morris had a huge game for the second week in a row as he netted three goals including the game-winner in a 12-6 victory over Yale. He leads UMass in goals with seven and points with nine.

    * Last week, Morris was recognized as the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Minutemen's 12-7 victory of Hofstra last Saturday (Feb. 26).

    * 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.

    The Reid Radar
    * Junior defenseman Jack Reid (Glastonbury, Conn.) is among 37 players named to the preseason watch list for the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy. The Tewaaraton Trophy honors the top male and female varsity collegiate lacrosse player in the United States.

    * 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 Accumulates Preseason Accolades
    * In a vote by the league coaches, junior Sean Morris has earned the ECAC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors for 2005. A Preseason Third Team All-American selection, Morris was a key component to the Minutemen¹s midfield in 2004. He played in 10 games and started the final eight after missing time with mononucleosis. For the year, he tallied 24 points and led the Minutemen in assists with 17 helpers.

    * 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
    * Four UMass men¹s lacrosse players were named to the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-American Team. Junior defenseman Jack Reid was named to the first team. Junior attackman Sean Morris was named to the third team while senior midfielder Chris Doyle and senior defenseman Matt Garcia were honorable mention 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 Lacrosse¹s All-Freshman Team and second team All-New England and second team All-ECAC as a freshman. Reid made the league¹s 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 nation¹s top 20. Garcia scooped up 23 ground balls in 11 contests, despite missing three full games with an ankle sprain.

    Listen Up
    * Once again this season, UMass lacrosse will be heard on WMUA 91.1 FM, the longtime flagship station of Minutemen lacrosse. UMass broadcasts on WMUA are also available on the internet through Real Audio. Information on connecting to UMass lacrosse broadcasts is on the UMass Athletics Home Page at www.umassathletics.com.

     

     

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