Second-Half Surge Sends No. 10 UMass Past Sacred Heart, 17-9
March 21, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - The 10th-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team scored nine consecutive goals in the second half to break an 8-8 tie and surge past Sacred Heart on the way to a 17-9 win at a chilly Garber Field on Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers scored twice at the end of the half and three-straight to start the third to erase an 8-3 deficit but couldn't keep the momentum going as they fall to 0-6 on the year.
Massachusetts junior Brett Garber scored three of his four goals in the 9-0 run as the Minutemen improve to 5-1 on the season.
After the SHU 5-0 run, UMass scored nine straight goals over a span of 16:51 beginning with back-to-back goals by Garber, 57 seconds apart putting the Minutemen ahead for good at 10-8 with 3:01 left in the third quarter. Stabert scored nine seconds later off a face-off win by Jake Deane, who fed Brian Jacovina to make it 11-8.
UMass jumped in front 5-0 just over five minutes into the game before sophomore Tony Tanzi scored to get the Pioneers on the board. Junior Kiel Adams followed with an unassisted tally but another Minuteman marker pushed the lead back to four, 6-2. Junior Peter Greco closed the quarter with a score from senior Adam Dzedzy but two UMass scores produced the 8-3 margin.
SHU's rally started with scores from senior Kevin Walker and sophomore Billy Fuchs in the second and kept rolling in the third off the sticks of Adams, Walker again and freshman Dylan Bittlingmaier to knot the game up at 8-8.
Sacred Heart's Kiel Adams scored his team-high third goal of the game to end the 9-0 UMass run with 18 seconds left in regulation and the 17-9 final.
UMass controlled the face-off circle with Jake Deane winning 20-of-26 and scooping a game-high nine groundballs.
Massachusetts goalie Doc Schneider made 12 saves including six in the fourth quarter while UMass made its run. SHU's Jim Millhausen got the start and made 10 saves into the third quarter.
The Pioneers return to action this Saturday, March 25th when they host Robert Morris in the Colonial Athletic Association opener.