March 22, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (March 22, 2005) - Junior Sean Morris scored three times and senior Jeff Zywicki twice to lead the 11th ranked University of Massachusetts Minutemen to an 8-3 win over Sacred Heart University Tuesday afternoon in Fairfield, CT. The Pioneers drop their home opener and have their four-game win streak snapped with the loss, falling to 4-2 on the season. UMass improves to 5-1 overall.
The Minutemen fired 33 shots, forcing SHU goalkeeper Thomas Hind (Farmingdale, NY) to make nine saves while their defense controlled play. Despite allowing 28 shots, the UMass defense limited the Pioneers to very few quality scoring chances. Senior Bill Schnell made 14 saves in the win as the defense held SHU scoreless for the last 25:52 of the game.
UMass struck first, scoring twice in the opening quarter. Zywicki netted his first off a feed from Gene Tundo at the 8:30 mark. Sophomore Brian Jacovina answered with his sixth goal of the season, unassisted, with 4:04 left in the quarter. The Pioneers finally broke through in the second quarter with a pair of man-up goals by sophomore Rory Morse (E. Falmouth, MA) and freshman Billy Fuchs (Merrick, NY).
Morse scored to open the quarter, scooping up a loose ball in front and flipping his shot past Schnell to cut the UMass lead to 2-1 with 14:23 on the clock. Massachusetts's Andrew Recchione scored unassisted at the 10:02 mark to extend the lead back to two, 3-1. Fuchs struck at the 5:41 mark, coming up with his seventh goal of the season. The Minutemen once again answered not a minute later on Tundo's marker at the 4:47 mark and UMass would hold for a 4-2 advantage at the break.
The Pioneers cut the lead to one again in the opening minutes of the third quarter as sophomore Derek Platt (Annapolis, MD) found the back of the cage to get within 4-3. The Minutemen clapped down on defense and kept the Pioneers at bay the rest of the way while scoring four more, the last three by Morris to put the game away. UMass held the Pioneer's top four scorers with out a point on the afternoon while Schnell turned in his top performance of the year with 14 saves.
Sacred Heart stays home to host the University of Denver this Saturday, March 26th at 1:00 pm.