Men's Lacrosse Game Notes for No. 3 Georgetown
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#13 Massachusetts (9-2/3-0 ECAC)
#3 Georgetown (9-0/3-0 ECAC)
Saturday, April 20, 2002 * 2:00 p.m.
Harbin Field (2,000)
Radio: WMUA 91.1 FM (Amherst, Mass.)
SATURDAY'S GAME WITH GEORGETOWN
Massachusetts enters the game at 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the ECAC Lacrosse League, while Georgetown enters the game with a 9-0 overall record and is 3-0 in the ECAC. The winner of the game receives the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is just the third all-time meeting between the two schools. Georgetown has won both previous meetings by one goal each game. The Hoyas defeated the Minutemen, 13-12, last season in Amherst. Current Minuteman senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.) and current junior Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) each had two goals in the game. Georgetown won at home, 19-18, the previous season.
SCOUTING THE GEORGETOWN HOYAS
The Hoyas are the only undefeated team remaining in Division I lacrosse and are ranked third in the national polls. They are coming off an 8-7 victory at Hobart last Saturday. The offense is led by senior midfielder Steve Dusseau (34g, 9a), junior attackman Mike Hammer (17g, 13a), sophomore attackman Neal Goldman (11g, 16a) and junior midfielder Trevor Walker (11g, 2a). The defense is anchored by junior Kyle Sweeney and junior Brant Gresham. Senior goaltender Scott Schroeder has played every minute this season and has a 7.44 goals against average and leads the nation with a .640 save percentage. Senior Mike Kanach and freshman Andy Corno split the faceoff duties. Georgetown has scored on 15 of 45 extra-man opportunities.
THE ECAC LACROSSE LEAGUE
In the two previous seasons of the ECAC Lacrosse League's existence, Georgetown has captured the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas tied with Massachusetts for first place in the league last season, but earned the bid by virtue of its head-to-head victory over the Minutemen. Georgetown went undefeated in the inagural year of the league to capture the title.
OFFENSE VERSUS DEFENSE
Saturday's game between the Minutemen and Hoyas will feature two of the nation's highest scoring offenses. It will also, however, feature two of the nation's best defenses. Massachusetts is the second highest scoring team in the country, averaging 13.64 goals per game, while Georgetown is ninth at 11.89 goals per game. The Hoyas, meanwhile, have the sixth best defense in the nation, allowing an average of 7.44 goals per game, while the Minutemen are 20th, allowing 8.81 goals per game.
LEVEILLE AND MORLEY BOUNCE BACK
Junior Kevin Leveille and senior Marc Morley both responded with big games against Harvard after being shut out by Yale. Leveille tied a season-high with five points on three goals and two assists, while Morley tied a season-high with four goals against the Crimson. Neither player scored in last week's loss to Yale.
RECAPPING THE VICTORY OVER HARVARD
Three different Minutemen scored hat tricks, including a four-goal performance from senior Marc Morley, to lead Massachusetts to an 18-10 victory over Harvard. The win was the 400th in the 49-year history of the men's lacrosse program at UMass, which is now 400-203-3 (.663) all-time. No. 13 Massachusetts took control of the game early and held a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Harvard got to within two by scoring five of the first six goals in the second quarter to make the score, 7-5, in favor of the Minutemen at the 2:31 mark. However, junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) scored his third goal of the game with just three seconds remaining in the first half to give Massachusetts an 8-5 halftime lead. The Minutemen outscored Harvard, 10-5, in the second half en route to the eight-goal victory. Morley led the way for the Minutemen with four goals. Junior Kevin Leveille and Fiore each finished the game with three goals. Leveille also added two assists. Senior Dan Paccione (Amityville, N.Y.) had two goals and an assist, freshman Craig Conn (St. Catherines, Ontario) recorded three assists and senior Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.) had a pair of goals. Freshman attacker Ryan Connolly (North Andover, Mass.) scored his first collegiate goal in the victory. Mike McBride scored three goals to lead the Crimson, while Jeff Gotschall and Jay Wich each had a pair of goals. Doug Logigian and Matt Primm both had a goal and an assist. Freshman goaltender Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made a career-high 13 saves in the cage for the Minutemen, while Jake McKenna made 19 saves for the Crimson.
CONSISTENCY KEY FOR FIORE
Midfielder Chris Fiore has been one of the most effective goal scorers this season for the Minutemen. He has scored at least two goals in each of the past seven games and has a total of 20 over that span. Fiore is currently tied for second on the team with 24 goals and is fourth in scoring with 28 points. The junior has only been held scoreless once this season, and that was in the victory at Stony Brook on March 2.
McFARLAND ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION
All-American defenseman Matt McFarland (Garden City, N.J.) is among the nation's leaders in ground balls. He has scooped up a team-high 68 ground balls and is 11th nationally averaging 6.18 per game. McFarland has also shown a scoring touch lately having netted three goals and an assist in the last five games.
JUST IN CASE YOU DID NOT KNOW . . .
The Minutemen are 4-1 on the road this season... Dan Paccione has an 11-game goal scoring streak... Bill Schell has started the last six games in the cage for the Minutemen.
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