AMHERST, MA – A three-goal spurt by Massachusetts at the beginning of the fourth period proved to be to much for the 10th-ranked Rutgers men’s lacrosse team to overcome as it lost a 9-6 decision to the Minutemen on Saturday at Garber Field." />
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RU Men’s Lacrosse Drops 9-6 Decision to UMass in Regular-Season Finale
  • Posted on May 08, 2004 12:00:00 AM
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  • AMHERST, MA – A three-goal spurt by Massachusetts at the beginning of the fourth period proved to be to much for the 10th-ranked Rutgers men’s lacrosse team to overcome as it lost a 9-6 decision to the Minutemen on Saturday at Garber Field.

    With the loss, Rutgers falls to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in ECAC play. The Scarlet Knights will now await word from the NCAA selection committee to see if they will earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, which begins next weekend at campus sites. The official pairings will be unveiled Monday afternoon, May 10, on ESPNews.

    The Minutemen scored the only two goals of the first quarter as Matt Tundo and his brother Gene staked UMass to an early 2-0 lead. In the second quarter, junior John Flanagan (Smithtown, NY) netted his 10th goal of the season to make the score 2-1, but it was the only offense the Scarlet Knights could muster and entered halftime trailing 4-1.

    Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, NY) poked a shot past UMass goalie Bill Schell less then a minute into the third period, but the Minutemen scored back-to-back extra man goals to take their largest lead of the day (6-2) with 11:33 to play in the third quarter.

    Facing a four-goal deficit, the Scarlet Knights finished the third quarter by netting three unanswered goals to pull themselves back into the game. Two of the scores came from Leif Blomquist (Long Beach, NY), who finished with two goals and an assist. His tally with 1:29 remaining in the quarter made the score 6-5 entering the final 15:00.

    Mike Gongas scored for UMass early in the fourth period, followed by scores from Gene Tundo and Gene Lundberg as the Minutemen pulled away with over seven minutes to play in regulation. Powless scored the lone Rutgers goal of the quarter off a feed from Tim White (Rockville Center, NY).

    Rutgers struggled on face-offs all day, winning just five of 18 (.277). Sophomore goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY) made 12 saves and Anthony Sicoli (Kinnelon, NJ) scoped up a team-high four ground balls. The Minutemen outshot Rutgers 38-25 and converted three extra-man opportunities

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                               Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
             #10 Rutgers vs Massachusetts (May 08, 2004 at Amherst, Mass.)
    
    
    
    Rutgers (8-5, 1-2) vs.                            Score by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
    Massachusetts (7-7, 2-1)                          -------------------------------------
    Date: May 08, 2004  Attendance: 2300              Rutgers.............  0  1  4  1 -  6
    Weather: Sunny, high 50's                         Massachusetts.......  2  2  2  3 -  9
    
    Rutgers SCORING: GOALS: BLOMQUIST, Leif 2; POWLESS, Delby 1; FLANAGAN, John 1;
    COOMBER, Michael 1; DOCTOR, Chris 1.
    ASSISTS: POWLESS, Delby 2; BLOMQUIST, Leif 1; WHITE, Tim 1.
    
    Massachusetts SCORING: GOALS: Sean Morris 2; Gene Tundo 2; Neil Lundberg 2;
    Chris Doyle 1; Matt Tundo 1; Jamie Yaman 1.
    ASSISTS: Sean Morris 2; Chris Doyle 1; Brian Jacovina 1; Pat Larmon 1; Gene
    Tundo 1.
    
    
    
    
    Shots by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  4  6 11  4 - 25
    Massachusetts.......  8 10  9 11 - 38
    
    Ground balls by prd   1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  7  5  5  3 - 20
    Massachusetts.......  8  6  5  5 - 24
    
    Turnovers by prd      1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  0  0  0  0 -  0
    Massachusetts.......  0  0  0  0 -  0
    
    Extra-man opps         1     2     3     4    Total
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  0-1   0-1   1-2   0-0  -  1-4
    Massachusetts.......  0-0   1-2   2-2   0-3  -  3-7
    
    Free-position shots    1     2     3     4    Total
    ---------------------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0  -  0-0
    Massachusetts.......  0-0   0-0   0-0   0-0  -  0-0
    
    
    Saves by period       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  3  2  3  4 - 12
    Massachusetts.......  2  2  2  1 -  7
    
    Draw controls by prd  1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  0  0  0  0 -  0
    Massachusetts.......  0  0  0  0 -  0
    
    
    PENALTIES - RUTGERS 8/5:30; UMASS 4/2:30.
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