Massachusetts vs. Rutgers
May 6, 2006
The Game Story:
AMHERST, Mass. - No. 11 UMass made sure its senior class was sent out with the perfect gift on Saturday, a dominating 10-5 victory over Rutgers in the regular-season finale for both teams. Senior captains Jake Deane (Annapolis, Md.), Sean Morris (Marshfield, Mass.) and Jack Reid (Glastonbury, Conn.) each did their part to aid a complete win for the Minutemen as they vie for their 17th NCAA Tournament berth. The bracket will be revealed on Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS.

Deane won 14-of-18 face-offs for an amazing 78 win percentage along with 10 groundballs, the fourth time this season he had 10 or more. Deane also moved to second all-time at UMass in single-season groundballs with 107 to finish the regular-season.

One of UMass' two Tewaaraton Trophy nominees as National Player of the Year, Morris posted his 13th career hat trick and added an assist for four points in the win against the team he began his college career with. Morris moved to eighth on the Minutemen's all-time points chart with 173 points and is now tied for 13th in career goals with 91. Morris scored one of the more amazing goals of the season in all of lacrosse in the first quarter. He finished up a run of three UMass goals in 1:24 with a cutting behind-the-back no-look goal to beat Greg Havalchak making the score 4-0.

On the defensive Reid was sensational holding the attackman he guarded Austin Rodgers scoreless as part of a UMass defense that gave up season-low five goals. Reid has held the man he guarded without a goal in four of the last five games and has given up just three goals over his last eight games, making him a top candidate for the Schmeisser Award as the nation's best defenseman.

In addition to the seniors, junior Andrew Recchione (Mahwah, N.J.) tallied his first career hat trick in the win netting all three goals in the second half.

UMass dominated the state sheet, outshooting Rutgers 49-22 (a UMass season-high in shots), grabbing 34 groundballs to just 13 for the Scarlet Knights. Led by Deane, UMass won 14-of-19 face-offs. The Minutemen also scored on 2-of-3 extra-man chances. Perhaps most important, was that UMass had a season-lowe six turnovers, while Rutgers had 15.

Playing in his final game, Rutgers senior goalie Havalchak kept Rutgers close, making 21 saves, one shy of his career-high.

UMass built a 5-0 first quarter lead on Morris' pair and single tallies by senior Clay Stabert (Wynnewood, Pa.), junior Pat Larmon (Chesterfield, Mo.) and sophomore Fred Federico (Madison, Conn.). Junior Brian Jacovina (Hicksville , N.Y.) assisted three of the goals and has seven assists in his last two games.

Rutgers never got closer than four goals for the rest of the game. Colin Checcio scored two for the Scarlet Knights.

UMass' other goal came from freshman Tim Balise (Wilbraham, Mass.) his second of the season.

Goalie Doc Schneider (Massapequa, N.Y.) made seven saves for the UMass.