Saint John's vs. Umass
April 5, 2008
The Game Story:
QUEENS, N.Y. - The UMass men's lacrosse team found its offense in a huge way on Saturday as the Minutemen posted a 13-8 victory at St. John's with a season-high in goals. Junior Tim Balise scored a career-high six goals and added an assist for a career-best seven points in the victory. The Minutemen moved to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in the ECAC with their second win in a row. St. John's is still looking for its first win of the season, standing at 0-9 overall and 0-4 in the ECAC.

Balise's six goals were the most since All-American Jeff Zywicki had six in the NCAA First Round win over Syracuse in 2005. Balise's seven points were the most since two-time Tewaaraton Trophy Finalist Sean Morris notched eight points against Hofstra in 2006.

Freshman Zach Rodgers scored twice while Evan Blum, Fred Federico, Christian Hain, Ryan Hantverk and Peter McNichols added goals for the Minutemen, who host Hobart next Saturday in an ECAC battle at Garber Field at 1 p.m. Sophomore Bobby Hayes added two assists on the day.

Goalie Doc Schneider made 15 saves including 10 in the second half with five in each quarter. Long-stick defender Brian Danvers racked up five groundballs. Face-off man Joe Reale had his best day of his career winning 15-of-21 draws.

The Minutemen found the net with ease in the first quarter as they built a 5-0 lead on two goals by Rodgers and single tallies by Balise, McNichols and Blum. Rodgers scored back-to-back goals just 49 seconds apart to make is 3-0 with 9:37 left in the first quarter on a fastbreak tally. Blum's extra-man goal made it 5-0 with 1:18 left in the first.

UMass extended its lead to 7-0 early in the second quarter as Balise and Hantverk scored unassisted goals 1:15 apart. St. John's broke the shutout as Jack Rosson scored with 11:34 left in the first half. Balise quickly answered with his third tally on an assist from Danvers, who stripped the ball and dashed down the field, setting up the 8-1 advantage. Hain scored his first career-goal on a jump shot with 2:03 left in the first half for a 9-2 lead. Justin O'Donnell and Balise traded goals to end the first half with UMass up 10-3. Balise equaled his career-high in goals in the first half alone.

St. John's cut the lead down in the third quarter outscoring the Minutemen, 3-2 in the third quarter as the Michaelsen brothers Tom and Trevor scored consecutive goals in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 10-5 with 6:09 left in the third. Federico's goal with 4:49 made it 11-5. After the Red Storm cut it to 11-6 on Joe Bagnasco's first-career goal, Balise scored his fifth of the game with 53 seconds in the third, UMass led 12-6.

Balise scored UMass' only goal in the fourth for the final of 13-7.

UMass returns home for an ECAC match-up with Hobart next Saturday at 1 p.m.