No. 13 UMass Travels To Harvard For Wednesday Clash
March 8, 2005
#13 MASSACHUSETTS (2-0) at HARVARD(1-0)
#13 UMass Travels to Harvard
* 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
* Bill Schell moved up to seventh all-time in saves against Yale with 439.
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
Morris Continues To Pile Up Honors
* 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
* 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
* 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 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.
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