Feb. 14, 2009
Amherst, MA - Tim Balise scored three goals and added two assists and nine different Minutemen scored goals as UMass posted a 15-6 win over Sacred Heart in season-opening men's lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. Junior Timmy Katz (Freeport, NY) scored three goals for the Pioneers.
Junior Evan Morgan (Ashburn, VA) got the Pioneers off to a good start, scoring the first goal of the season 11:18. However, the Minutemen scored the next two goals before Katz evened the score after one quarter.
With the game tied 3-3 early in the second quarter, UMass ripped off the final four goals of the second period to take a commanding 7-3 halftime lead and led the rest of the game. Rory Pedrick scored back-to-back goals. Pedrick ripped a shot to the high right corner to give the Minutemen a 4-3 lead with 9:23 left in the second quarter. He then took a feed from Jim Connolly and cut down the middle for a 5-3 edge with 5:58 left in the second. Marcus and Connolly added tallies to close out the quarter with a four-goal lead.
Sacred Heart scored the first two goals of the third quarter. Katz and Jon Flood (Happauge, NY) both found the back of the net in the first three minutes of the quarter to cut the lead to 7-5. However, UMass scored seven unanswered goals bridging the third and fourth quarter. UMass was up 14-5 until Katz broke up the scoring run with 6:34 left in the game.
During the 7-0 run in the second half, Balise scored all of his three goals in the game. Balise also set up senior captain Reale for his first-career tally with 6:24 left in the third quarter. That goal gave UMass a 9-5 lead. After that goal, Balise scored the next two goals in the span of four minutes for an 11-5 lead. Hayes took a feed from Pedrick for an extra-man goal with 24 seconds left in the third.
Biscardi scored his first-career goal to open the fourth quarter and Balise got the hat trick with 7:19 left in the fourth for the 14-5 lead. Sophomore long-pole Rahn scored his first career goal and full-field rush with 6:25 left in the fourth.
The Pioneers play their home opener next Sunday, February 22nd when they host Bryant. Game time at Campus Field is 1:00 pm.