The Minutemen off a week of rest, did not disappoint the 913 chilled fans at Garber field. With freshman Craig Conn and senior Dan Paccione sharing face-offs, the Retrievers would find it difficult to gain possessions off the draw all day, coming up with 8 to UMass' 21. The Minutemen's ability to maintain possession of the ball on offense allowed UMass to "get" looks and not force the ball. Even from the press box Cannella's voice could be heard, "patience! patience!."
UMass was the first to get on the board, at 13:33 Kevin Leveille dumped one over Flanagan on a rebound from an outside shot. After the ensuing face-off, UMass came up with the GB and bounced straight to the attack. Jeff Zywicki found Dusty Smith coming from the box open up top, Dusty Smith took two steps and cranked one top shelf. Since UMass was keeping the ball hot, they were able to draw mismatches and take those defenders to the hole. At 11:15 Morley worked his d-man from X, when Morley saw the d-man a step behind he went straight to the cage and sunk one lefty in the lower left corner. UMass scored again on an ISO from birthday boy Don Little who tagged the net on a high bouncer to give the Minutemen a 4-0 lead.
With 7:23 remaining in the 1st quarter, the Retrievers found net when sophomore Franklin Berry took an outside bouncer from the wing on an assist from Jon Harasym. UMBC was able to gain possession of the ball again three minutes later and scored. Matt Chase found a cutting Adam Shiley who shot on the run and took Schell with a bouncer and brought UMBC to within 2. On the next face off UMass came up with the ball, and pushed it to the attack. Morley took his d-man on the left side and beat Flanagan with a low to high shot giving the Minutemen a 5-3 lead at the end of the quarter.
The 2nd quarter began exactly as the first, UMass scored the first 4 goals; Levielle found the net first when he beat his man with a left-right-left face dodge before hitting the inside of the stickside pipe. Dusty was the next Minuteman to score when he faked the keeper high before taking him low. Paccione had an easy shot when Flanagan stepped out of the crease to play him. Chris Fiore capped off the four-goal spurt on an ISO from the top left. UMass now had a commanding 9-2 lead with 6:48 remaining in the half. The Minutemen was tenacious on defense and deliberate on offense, the intense UMass defense incurred two straight penalties giving the Retrievers two EMOs. UMBC capitalized on both opportunities, Justin Smith scored on the first EMO with a shot that went stickside high. Matt Chase scored on the second EMO assisted by Justin Smith on a strong cut through the hole. UMBC ended the half with Justin Smith scoring with 18 seconds remaining to bring the score to 9-5 into halftime.
UMBC's troubled offense was a result of poor passing and catching. The Minutemen took advantage of the UMBC turnovers and scored the first four goals of the 2nd half from Leveille, 2 from Little for the hat trick, and Morley. Freshman Gene Tundo assisted 3 of the four goals in the 3rd quarter. Tundo has been touted for his poise and his ability to find the open man. The Retrievers scored one goal in the 3rd quarter when Justin Smith found Travis Tomczak with 1:10 remaining. The Minutemen answered back with 2 sec remaining of on the clock when Kevin Leveille scored his fourth goal off the stickside pipe. The Minutemen now had a commanding 14-6 lead going into the 4th quarter.
UMass started the 4th quarter "smoking" as Dan Paccione scored his second goal of the game 21 seconds in. UMBC scored it's final goal of the game with 14 minutes remaining. Justin Smith scored while falling down hitting the pipe. UMass continued to show its dominance by scoring the last 3 goals of the quarter. Craig Conn, Chris Fiore, and defenseman Matt MacFarland did the damage for UMass. With eleven minutes remaining, UMBC frustration was clearly evident as they were not able to gain possession of the ball. When the final the horn blew the scoreboard showed an 18-7 UMass win. The final score underscored Kevin's promise to keep the game out of reach from the Retrievers. With four games remaining for the Minutemen, they will be faced with playing ranked teams like the Hoyas and the Orangemen. As the final leg of the season approaches, this win is what the doctor ordered for the Minutemen to keep their heads up.
Massachusetts vs. Umbc
|Kevin Leveille||(4, 0)|
|Marc Morley||(3, 0)|
|Don Little||(3, 0)|
|Gene Tundo||(0, 3)|
|Dusty Smith||(2, 0)|
|Chris Fiore||(2, 0)|
|Matt Mcfarland||(1, 1)|
|Dan Paccione||(2, 0)|
|Craig Conn||(1, 0)|
|Jeff Zywicki||(0, 1)|