Morris Propels Minutemen Over Tenth Ranked Scarlet Knights 9-6.

Morris Propels Minutemen Over Tenth Ranked Scarlet Knights 9-6.

Morris Propels Minutemen Over Tenth Ranked Scarlet Knights 9-6.

Morris Propels Minutemen Over Tenth Ranked Scarlet Knights 9-6.

A big game for a big day, as UMass capped a three game losing streak with a 9-6 win over Rutgers. Led by sophomore Sean Morris (2g, 2a) a former Scarlet Knight, the Minutemen controlled the tempo of the game by controlling face-offs (13-18) and leaving the ball in the hands Kevin Glenz and the Tundos on attack. Junior Leif Bloomquist spearheaded the Rutgers attack with 2 goals.

The first quarter belonged to UMass, controlling the ball on offense taking twice as many shots as the Scarlet Knights. Two-time rookie of the week netted his 21 goal of the season with 5:53 left in the period. Pat Larman made it happen, by dumping it on the crease to Matt who bounced one top shelf past Havalchak. The 2-0 lead came with 1:52 remaining off a dead ball. The midfield swung the ball straight Gene Tundo (Jr) who took advantage of the Rutgers defense that was still regrouping. Gene streaked to the cage from the goal line extended and found the net low past RU netminder.

RU's first score came 4 minutes into the 2nd quarter. ECAC player of the week Delby Powless connected with John Flanagan who ripped the net just under the crossbar. The Minutemen finished off the 2nd quarter by scoring twice for a 4-1 lead. UMass were getting good looks on attack, working it around the horn and getting solid off the ball movement. The UMass attackers took 10 shots receiving support from Brian Jacovina, who tossed the rock to Jamie Yaman 10 minutes into the quarter. UMass’ final effort came off an EMO from a slash on Tim White, Neil Lundberg scored on an assist from Sean Morris for his 1st goal of the game (2g).

Rutgers was first to strike in the second half when Chris Doctor found the net unassisted. Doctor’s goal slipped past Schell as he was pushed from behind. The Rutgers offense was having trouble with the UMass defense, so they tried inverting a middie, drawing a shot stick from X and looking for cutters. Trouble began for Rutgers when the fast paced UMass offense was getting a step ahead of the Scarlet Knight defense giving them 2 EMO chances that they connected on for a 6-2 lead. Sean Morris scored his 1st goal of the game when Chris Doyle found him for a sidearm crank shot that blazed past Havalchak on the left pipe. Doyle connected on the 2nd EMO from Tundo who hit Chris cutting backside from X to the cage. RU finally got into a groove with 8 minutes remaining in the quarter finding the back of the cage 3 times to cut the deficit to one goal 6-5. Michael Coomber scored on an assist from Leif Bloomquist. Bloomquist then scored unassited coming across the cage, Leif shot to the nearside pipe as Schell stepped of his offside pipe.The final Scarlet Knight goal came on an EMO with 1:29 remaining. The EMO unit worked the ball around and slowly pinchin until Delby Powless drew a double. Leif snuck around the cage for a well place shot right in side the stickside pipe.

The Minutemen were able to control the ball on offense for the majority of the quarter. Dane Collins was running the show at the 50 only giving up one face off to the Scarlet Knights, Umass controlled the face offs (13 - 5). UMass scored three goals for the 9-5 lead. Sean Morris had his 2nd goal of the game unassisted at 12:52 with a nice shot on the running, getting full torque of his upper body to rip one high past Greg. Exactly 3 minutes later Gene drained one for the highlight reel hitting a nice backhand shot around his defender to hit the nylon. The nail in coffin for Rutgers came when Morris found Lundberg cutting from behind the cage to burn one low past Havalshak. The Scarlet Knights tallied their 6th goal with 2:28 remaining when Tim White found Delby open for an outside shot. The last 2 minutes of the matchup was pretty ugly as the frustrated Knights received 3 penalties, and Scarlet Knight’s chance of a come back went out the window. For the Knights, after a lackluster performance against UMass would have to sit, wait and hope that their win over Cuse and their nailbiters against Princeton and G’town will be enough to get them in the tourney.

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What happened?
    by (#70511) on 5/08/04 @11:14PM
What happened to UMass this year? #5 last year and just .500 this year. I know Jeff Zywicki got hurt early, but they still had some big scorers. What happened.
 
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    by (#70511) on 5/08/04 @11:15PM
this is a definite quality win though.
 
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