Yale vs. Massachusetts
March 4, 2006
The Game Story:
NEW HAVEN. Conn. - All-American Sean Morris scored one goal and dished out four assists as the University of Massachusetts overcame a two-goal third quarter deficit to defeat Yale 14-11 in men's lacrosse action at Johnson Field.

Pat Larmon scored three goals for UMass, while Brett Garber, Jamie Yaman, and Andrew Recchione each scored two. Rookie goalie Doc Schneider had 14 saves and face-off man Jake Deane gathered six ground balls while winning 14-of-26 faceoffs against Yale's Dan Kallaugher, who picked up seven ground balls.

"It was a very hard fought game," said head coach Greg Cannella. "We scored six in the fourth quarter to give us the win."

Daniel Brillman, Christopher Kempner, Kyle Washabaugh, and Colin Neville scored two goals each, while goalkeeper George Carafides had a career-high 14 saves. Yale outshot UMass 42-37 though UMass had a 28-25 edge in ground balls.

Yale led 9-7 with three minutes left in the third period, but a Brett Garber goal from Sean Morris started a 5-0 UMass run over the next eight minutes of play, giving the No. 9-ranked Minutemen a three-goal-lead that Yale could not overcome despite two fourth quarter goals from Kempner and Brillman. The Minutemen, who made it to the final eight in last spring's NCAA tournament, improved to 2-0 on the season and defeated Yale (0-2) for the second consecutive season. The Elis lost 12-6 at Garber Field in 2005, though they beat UMass at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium in double overtime in 2004.

The Bulldogs were hurt by 6:30 penalty minutes on eight fouls as the Minutemen went 4-8 on extra-man opportunities. Yale man-up team only went 1-3 for the game, with the lone extra-man goal coming from Brillman with 1:07 left in the fourth quarter.

Shay, who was an assistant coach at UMass until 2003, felt that the team showed improvements, playing to up to speed and intensity of a national contender. "Quote from Shay," Shay said.

After Yale took an early lead with 13:19 in the first quarter as Colin Neville grabbed a ground ball of a Schneider save and dove forward to score off the ricochet, the game broke down to a series of runs by both teams. UMass countered Yale's initial goal with a 4-0 run with two goals from Larmon. Yale then outscored UMass 4-1 to head into halftime tied at 5-5.

The Bulldogs exploded in the third with four goals that included two by Washabaugh. After taking a Brillman pass for the score to tie the game at 7-7 the Bulldog sideline exploded and power momentarily went out in the stadium. However, the UMass counterattack, punctuated with four consecutive face-off wins by Deane that led to three goals, prevented the Bulldogs from pulling out a major upset.