Umass vs. Harvard
March 8, 2008
The Game Story:
AMHERST, Mass. - Harvard scored six consecutive goals to start the second half as the Crimson topped UMass, 8-5 in lacrosse action on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. Harvard's Jason Duboe tallied a hat trick including two in the middle of the 6-0 run as the Crimson rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to build a lead as big at 7-2 early in the fourth quarter. Minuteman freshman attacker Peter McNichols (Norwalk, Conn.) scored two goals for UMass for the second week in a row. The Crimson move to 2-1 overall and UMass is 1-2, dropping its second in a row.

The Minutemen tried to cut the deficit late in the game as they scored three of the game's final four goals with tallies by junior Evan Blum (Delray Beach, Fla.), McNichols and junior Tim Balise (Wilbraham, Mass.), with just five seconds left in regulation. But Harvard's scoring burst was just too much early in the second half. The Crimson iced the game as long-pole Sam Slaughter scored on a full-field rush after blocking a shot with 1:41 left in regulation.

Harvard scored all four goals in the third quarter to take a 5-2 lead after 45 minutes as Duboe scored two unassisted goals to wrap up the third period. Max Motschwiller tied the game at 2-2 1:04 into the second half. The Crimson took the lead for good on Travis Burr's goal from right on the doorstep as he beat Doc Schneider (Massapequa, N.Y.) to make to 3-2, 3:42 into the second half.

After struggling on offense all half, UMass scored a pair of goals in a 20-second span with Bobby Hayes (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) scoring unassisted to tie the game at 1-1 with 2:15 in the first half. On the ensuing face-off, Joe Reale (Burlington, Mass.) made up for losing the draw by forcing a turnover which led to the goal. Reale fed Balise, who hit McNichols on the left doorstep to beat Joe Pike and give UMass a 2-1 lead which they took into halftime.

Harvard opened the scoring after 16:23 of scoreless lacrosse as Duboe scored off a pass from Motschwiller on a feed from behind the goal.

The teams played a scoreless first quarter as Pike made four stops and Schneider notched three. The defense was on display for the first 15 minutes.

Both defenses played well in front of their respective goalies as UMass' Schneider made eight saves and Crimson netminder Pike stopped nine shots. Each team had 27 shots. UMass forced the Crimson into eight turnovers in the first half and 11 in the game as Diogo Godoi ((Loudon, N.H.) led with three caused turnovers and four groundballs.

UMass continues action on Tuesday as the Minutemen welcome No. 16 Albany to Garber Field for a 3 p.m. face-off. The last four games between the Minutemen and Great Danes have been one-goal victories for Albany.