Menís Lacrosse Falls from Unbeaten Ranks with Loss at UMass
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 6-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team earned an 11-8 victory over No. 3 Georgetown today at Richard Garber Field. The win moves UMass' record to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in the ECAC, while Georgetown, who entered the game as the nation's lone undefeated squad, falls to 8-1 overall and 3-1 in the ECAC.
UMass never trailed and took a 1-0 lead just 37 seconds into the game as Chris Fiore found Gene Tundo in the right slot for the first goal of the game. UMass made it 2-0 at 12:38 with an EMO goal. Georgetown's Neal Goldman (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) cut the lead to 2-1 at 10:23, but the Minutemen pushed the lead back to two goals at 3-1 at the 4:45 mark, which remained the score after one quarter.
The Minutemen increased the lead to four at 5-1 as Fiore and Sean Morris tallied netters in the first six minutes of the second quarter. Trevor Walker (Haverford, Pa./Episcopal Academy) narrowed the margin to 5-2 at 7:36, but UM netted a goal with just 55 seconds to play before halftime for a 6-2 cushion.
In the first five minutes of the second half, Georgetown twice cut the margin to three goals at 6-3 and 7-4, but UMís Chris Doyle bumped the advantage back to four goals at 8-4 with a rocket from the left slot. However, Georgetown trimmed the margin to 8-6 just 23 seconds into the fourth quarter on a Phil Vincenti (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Brother Rice) marker. But UMass scooped up the following face-off and found the back of the cage just six seconds later to increase the lead to 9-6.
Georgetown would get within two goals twice, at 9-7 with Mike Hammerís (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) second of the day and at 10-8 on Vincentiís hat trick goal. But both times UMís Zywicki tallied a goal to give the Minutemen a three-goal advantage, the last coming at 2:49 for an 11-8 lead. UMass then ran out the clock.
Both teams clicked on their respective extra-man opportunities. The Minutemen were 3-of-4, while Georgetown was 5-of-7. The Hoyas outshot UMass, 48-35, and controlled 17-of-22 face-offs based on the ďXĒ play of Andy Corno (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman), but were hampered by only going 11-of-18 on their clearing attempts. UMass went 18-of-22 on its clearing attempts. GUís goalie, Rich DíAndrea (Belle Mead, N.J./The Peddie School) stopped 11 shots while UMís Bill Schell had 14 stops, including eight in the final 15 minutes.
Georgetown stays on the road this week traveling to Emmitsburg, Md. for a match up at Mt. St. Maryís on Wednesday, April 23 at 4 p.m.