Massachusetts vs. Harvard
March 11, 2006
The Game Story:
AMHERST, Mass. - A well-balanced effort lifted the No. 7 UMass lacrosse team to a 12-7 win over Harvard to give Minutemen head coach Greg Cannella his 100th career win as a collegiate coach. He is now 100-57 in his 12 seasons at UMass. The Minutemen are now 3-0 and have won 13 home games in a row at Garber Field. Harvard is 1-1.

All-American Sean Morris continued to pile up the points as he had two goals and five assists for seven points. He now has 20 points this season and leads the country with 6.7 points per game.

Senior Clay Stabert had his career game, posting his first career hat trick along with an assist for a four-point game, with all four coming in the second half. Pat Larmon added two goals and an assist while sophomore Rory Pedrick had his career multi-goal game in the win.

Face-off man and long-stick senior captain Jake Deane was sensational once again winning a career-best 17-of-21 draws for 81 percent. He scooped up a career-best 12 groundballs as UMass won the groundball battle, 39-23. Deane's 12 groundballs were the most by a UMass player since Jeff Seals had a school-record 13 vs. Rutgers on May 2, 2000.

In goal, freshman Doc Schneider made 17 saves and was outstanding all afternoon. The defense headed by senior captain All-American Jack Reid, who had five caused turnovers.

The Minutemen rallied back from a 3-0 deficit to open the game. Harvard scored on three of their first eight shots as Greg Cohen had two of his four goals in the game making it 3-0 just 5:57 into the action.

Five different Minutemen scored the game's next five goals to make it 5-3 with 1:40 left in the first half as Larmon, Andrew Recchione, Morris, Brett Garber and Bret Caretsky tallied markers.

The Crimson tied the game at 5-5 on a Brooks Scholl goal with two seconds left in the half and Cohen's third goal of the game -- 54 seconds into the second half.

The Minutemen tallied the next four goals to take a lead they would never relinquish as Morris, Pedrick, Stabert and Larmon scored for a 9-5 lead with 13:26 left in the game.

Stabert added UMass' final two goals for his first career hat trick and the 12-7 win.

UMass hosts No. 18 Albany on Tuesday at 3 p.m., at Garber Field.