No. 11 Men's Lacrosse Opens Up ECAC League Play at Loyola
March 24, 2005
#11 MASSACHUSETTS (5-1) at LOYOLA (2-3)
Saturday, March 26, 2005 1:00 p.m.
Geppi-aikens Field (2,000)
Live Audio: UMassathletics.com
#11 UMass travels south to Loyola For ECAC Opener
The Minutemen hit the road for their longest road trip of the season, and the second consecutive game away from Garber Field as the Minutemen open their ECAC schedule at Loyola in Baltimore, Md.
In their last game out, the Minutemen were lead by All-American Sean Morris' (Marshfield, Mass.) fifth hat-trick of the season, and a defense that allowed just three goals to defeat Sacred Heart, 8-3, in Fairfield, Conn. Jeff Zywicki (Nepean, Ontario) found the back of the cage twice to pace the offense. Goalie Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) was outstanding in goal, registering 14 saves on the afternoon.
UMass is ranked tied for No. 11 in the latest Geico/STX Coaches Poll. The Minutemen are also No. 11 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
The Minutemen come off a 7-7 season and primed to rebound as they look for their third NCAA berth in four seasons. Loyola is 2-3 this season, and is coming off their first ECAC victory since entering the conference this season, a 6-3 win over St. John's on March 19. The Greyhounds were 4-8 last season and are trying to return to their form of the late 1990's where they were one of the most prestigious programs in the country.
Time Is On Our Side
The Minutemen defense this spring has been nothing short of spectacular, led by Jack Reid (Glastonbury, Conn.), Matt Garcia (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.), and Aaron Paskalis (Gloucester, Mass.). The defense has managed to buckle down at crucial points in each game this season, and demoralized opposing offenses. Throughout the season, there has been significant stretches were the Minutemen defense has held the opposition scoreless. In the last five games, UMass has held each opponent without a goal for at least 20 minutes including a season-high 32:54 drought for Brown on March 15. UMass has held each foe to just one goal for stretches of at least 24 minutes in each game as well.
In the first three games of the season, UMass' opponents registered at least one goal in every period of play. Since then, the Minutemen have recorded five out of 12 shut out periods of play, dating back to March 15 in Albany.
A Spread Out Attack
Four Minutemen has tallied at least one point in every game this season. Sean Morris (22 pts, 18g, 4a) Jeff Zywicki (17 pts, 13g, 4a) Gene Tundo (13pts, 7g, 6a), and Brian Jacovina (12pts, 6g, 6a) have all paced the UMass offense that ranks 14th in the nation in goals per game with 10.5. Brett Garber (9 pts, 5g, 4a) has scored a point in the last five games.
Morris' Hot Start
Sean Morris' is off to one of the best offensive starts in school history. He currently ranks tied for seventh in the nation in goals (18) and 12th in points (22). Morris opened the season with three of more goals in the first five out of six games (4, 3, 3, 4, 1, 3).
Morris leads the ECAC in goals per game (3.00) and points per game (3.80). Right behind Morris, Jeff Zywicki is second in goal per game (2.20) and is also tied for third in the league in points per game at 3.00.
Morris was the first Minuteman to record three or more goals in four consecutive games since Brendan Glass accomplished the feat in 1995, as he scored three or more in five consecutive games, from March 31 through April 19, totaling 19 goals in the period.
Reid Collects Newest Honors
Junior Jack Reid was named ECAC Defensive Player of Week as well as UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week after his performances against Albany and Brown over the past week. Reid dominated Brown's offense, especially All-American Chazz Woodson, who was held scoreless and turned the ball over five times. Overall, the 2004 All-American, has started all five games this season and has a team-high 15 groundballs and is tied for the lead in caused turnovers with 10.
Making the Most Out of the "Extra" Chances
The Minutmen converted on all three of their extra-man opportunities against Brown, and went 1-3 at Sacred Heart. UMass had started off the season 0-for-7, but since March 15, the Maroon and White have been successful on 6-of-9 tries. Chris Doyle (Putnam Valley, N.Y.) who leads the Minutemen with six man-up tallies last season, has notched two extra-man goals so far this year.
The Series With Loyola
This afternoon's game marks just the ninth time these two teams have met, but the first time since the 2000 campaign. Loyola has won all eight contests, dating all the way back to 1963.
The Recent Meetings
The last time these two squads faced-off, Alex Racciopi scored a career-high three goals, but it was not enough the No. 3 Greyhounds defeated the Minutemen, 21-10, in Baltimore on April 15, 2000. In 1999, UMass hosted No. 1 Loyola, but fell 9-5 on the afternoon.
Redshirt senior Jeff Zywicki became the newest member of the UMass' Century Club, registering his 100th-career point against Stony Brook last Saturday with his third quarter goal. He added and assist and now has 109 points on his career with 71 goals and 38 assists.
Senior Gene Tundo looks to join Zywicki with 100 points later on this season, as Tundo currently has 94 points (39 g, 55 a).
Same Faces, New Places
Several Minutemen will be playing against old high school teammates in this afternoon's match. Senior Greg Scott will meet up with Brian Cullinane, who were teammates at Fairfield Prep in Connecticut. Senior Bill Schell and Craig Georgalas were teammates at Mahopac High in New York. Freshamn David Von Voight and Tony Ferreria played together at Shoreham-Wading River High in New York.
Defense, Morris lead no. 11 UMass to 8-3 win at Sacred Heart
The No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team continued its stellar defensive play with an 8-3 victory at Sacred Heart on a sunny Tuesday afternoon. Sean Morris had his fifth hat trick of the season, scoring the final three goals of the game. The Minutemen's defense held Sacred Heart's top four scorers without a point as UMass had its best defensive outing since a 6-3 win over Hofstra last season.
"Our defense was excellent," said head coach Greg Cannella. "Bill Schell was solid in goal and Dane Collins won a lot of draws. This was a team effort and I am proud of our guys. Sacred Heart hung around. They are a very good team and played scrappy much like our team."
Schell had his best game of the season with 14 saves. Schell now has 480 career saves to rank fifth all-time at UMass. Collins won 9-of-14 face-offs.
Morris finished off his hat trick with the only goals of the fourth quarter after he and Jeff Zwyicki scored in the third quarter to give UMass a commanding 6-3 lead heading to the last period.
The teams traded goals in the second quarter as SHU opened the scoring as Rory Morse tallied on the extra-man scoring as he was falling to the ground after being checked just 37 seconds into the quarter. UMass' Andrew Recchione answered to a make it 3-1. The Pioneers then made to 2-for-2 on the EMO as Billy Fuchs banged in a rebound to make it 3-2, UMass with 5:41 left in the half. Gene Tundo answered less than a minute later to make is 4-2 heading to halftime.
Zwyicki opened the scoring with a behind-the-back goal just 6:30 into the game off a pass from Tundo. Brian Jacovina made it 2-0 with a blistering shot with 4:04 left in the first quarter.
Morris Continues to Pile up Awards
Junior Sean Morris has been recognized 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.
Morris has been 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 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 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 Minutemen's 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 men's 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 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.
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. Matt Feato and John Junkins will be calling the action.
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