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Rutgers Drops Season Finale at No. 11 UMass, 10-5
  • Posted on May 06, 2006 12:00:00 AM
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  • AMHERST, MA – Sean Morris netted his 13th career hat trick with three goals and one assist as 11th-ranked Massachusetts (10-4, 5-2) erupted for five goals in the first quarter and posted a 10-5 win over Rutgers (5-9, 2-5) at Garber Field on Saturday. The loss spoiled a sensational performance from senior goalie Greg Havalchak (Corning, NY), who had 21 saves in his final collegiate game.

    UMass, who was playing to solidify its positioning for an NCAA Tournament at-large bid, built a 5-0 first quarter lead on Morris’ pair and single tallies by senior Clay Stabert, junior Pat Larmon and sophomore Fred Federico. Junior Brian Jacovina assisted three of the goals and has seven assists in his last two games.

    Rutgers finally got on the scoreboard with 11:33 to play in the second quarter as senior Brett Mooney (Springfield, PA) scored his first goal of the season off a pass from Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, NY), who notched his team-leading 11th assist. Colin Checcio (Wayne, PA), who had two goals in the contest, scored with 7:47 to play in the second to make the score 6-2.

    Havalchak made 13 of his 21 saves in the first half. It was the fourth time in his career he finished with 20 or more saves in a game as he came just one stop shy of matching his career high, set in a 13-9 season-opening win over Dartmouth on Feb. 28, 2004. Havalchak closed out his RU career with 663 saves, the second-most in school history, and started all 55 games he played in.

    Rutgers received second-half goals from Checcio, John Manners (Springfield, PA) and Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, NY). Junior Matt Gaines (Abingdon, MD), who had an assist in the contest, finished the season as Rutgers’ leader with 25 points (20 G, 5 A), followed by Checcio (13 G, 8 A, 21 pts.) and Doctor (10 G, 11 A, 21 pts.). Eight of the Scarlet Knights’ 10 starters will return in 2007, including seven of the top nine scorers and defensemen Chris O’Dougherty (Kinnelon, NJ), Mike DeMeo (Manhasset, NY) and Nick Filippone (Northport, NY).

    The Minutemen, who feature of the top offensive attacks in the country, generated a season-high 49 shots and were aided by winning 14-of-19 face-offs. In addition to Morris’ three tallies, junior Andrew Recchione scored three times while four other players scored once.

    A young and competitive Rutgers squad will add a talented 12-member recruiting class next year, featuring the only junior to be named to the Star-Ledger First Team All-State list in 2005 (Justin Pennington) and five other New Jersey natives. That class will be joined by team that returns 76 percent of its scoring output from this season (120 of 158 points in ’06 were scored by underclassmen).

                               Lacrosse Box Score (Final)
                              2006 Rutgers Men's Lacrosse
             Rutgers vs #11 Massachusetts (May 06, 2006 at Amherst, Mass.)
    
    
    
    Rutgers (5-9, 2-5) vs.                            SCORE BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
    Massachusetts (10-4, 5-2)                         -------------------------------------
    Date: May 06, 2006  Attendance: 2938              Rutgers.............  0  2  1  2 -  5
    Weather: Partly Cloudy, 70 degrees                Massachusetts.......  5  1  3  1 - 10
    
    Rutgers SCORING: GOALS: Checcio, Colin 2; Manners, John 1; Rommel, Jeff 1;
    Mooney, Brett 1.
    ASSISTS: Doctor, Chris 1; Dugan, Mike 1; Gaines, Matt 1; Rodgers, Austin 1.
    
    Massachusetts SCORING: GOALS: Sean Morris 3; Andrew Recchione 3; Pat Larmon 1;
    Fred Federico 1; Tim Balise 1; Clay Stabert 1.
    ASSISTS: Brian Jacovina 3; Pat Larmon 1; Sean Morris 1; Rory Pedrick 1.
    
    
    
    
    SHOTS BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  2 10  7  3 - 22
    Massachusetts....... 15 12  9 13 - 49
    
    GROUND BALLS BY PRD   1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  2  4  5  2 - 13
    Massachusetts....... 11  7  9  7 - 34
    
    FACE-OFFS BY PRD       1     2     3     4     Total
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  1-6   1-4   2-5   1-4  -  5-19
    Massachusetts.......  5-6   3-4   3-5   3-4  - 14-19
    
    CLEARS BY PERIOD       1     2     3     4     Total
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  5-6   6-7   4-4   1-2  - 16-19
    Massachusetts.......  7-7   4-5   4-4   0-0  - 15-16
    
    EXTRA-MAN OPPS         1     2     3     4     Total
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  0-1   0-0   0-0   0-1  -  0-2
    Massachusetts.......  1-1   0-1   1-1   0-0  -  2-3
    
    
    SAVES BY PERIOD       1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  5  7  5  4 - 21
    Massachusetts.......  1  4  2  0 -  7
    
    TURNOVERS BY PRD      1  2  3  4  Tot
    -------------------------------------
    Rutgers.............  5  4  5  1 - 15
    Massachusetts.......  2  2  2  0 -  6
    
    
    
    
    
    PENALTIES - Rutgers 3/1:30; Massachusetts 2/1:30.
    Officials: John Hill; Eric Evans; Fran Doyle.
    
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