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Let's face it: Hofstra too quick on the draw for UMass men's lacrosse

Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 7:15 PM     Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 7:30 PM
UMass Men's Lacrosse vs ProvidenceUMass sophomore Will Manny, had his 25-game scoring streak stopped Saturday photo by J. Anthony Roberts
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Where have you gone Jake Deane?


He was the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse faceoff specialist who took control of the game and led the Minutemen to their amazing come from behind 11-10 overtime win over Hofstra in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in 2006. It was his repeated faceoff wins that enabled UMass to overcome a 10-5 deficit with 8:03 remaining in the fourth quarter.


But the name of Jake Deane is tucked away in the record book and pleasant memories of UMass alumni. And now it will be Hofstra's faceoff man John Antoniades whose name will come up when Pride supporters talk about the 2011 Warrior Classic, and the continuing rivalry with UMass.


Antoniades, who came in having won 67 percent of his draws, won 15 of 20 Saturday, and methodical Hofstra almost always had the ball and thus scored almost all of the goals. The Pride routed UMass 14-5 to improve to 12-1, 4-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association standings while dropping the Minutemen to 8-4, 3-2 in the first game of the doubleheader played before 4,748 at Rentschler Field.

Three UMass faceoff men tried to challenge Antoniades, starting with regular draw man Greg Rushing. But between the second and third quarters, the Minutemen lost 11 of 12 draws and were outshot 28-5.

"We were outplayed in every facet of the game," UMass coach Greg Cannella said. "We didn't have the ball."

Antoniades, only a sophomore, was not a surprise to Cannella.

"He's been great, he's won 67 percent of his faceoffs, and that probably went up today," Cannella said. "He was just quicker to the ball."

And when the Minutemen did have the ball, they pressed, knowing that Hofstra has the nation's leading defense, now allowing 6.08 goals per game.

Hofstra won the groundball battle 32-20.

During the first half, the Minutemen suffered through their longest scoring drought to start a game since April 26, 2008 at Syracuse as they did not score until 3:19 of the second period Saturday. At Syracuse, they trailed 9-0 and went 30 minutes and seven seconds before getting on the board in a 16-3 loss. Anthony Biscardi broke a scoreless string of 26:41 Saturday after the Pride had registered the first seven goals.

On a final rush before the half, Stephen Zorkers fired a shot that went off Hofstra goaltender Andrew Gvozden and rolled behind him to cut the deficit to 7-2.

But there would be no Minutemen momentum to carry over into the third period. In fact, things got worse. The Pride dominated territorial play in the third, scoring all five goals and taking 17 of 19 shots. The Pride also won all six faceoffs, and picked up 10 of the 12 groundballs.

Art Kell scored twice within a 53-second span of the fourth quarter, and then Colin Fleming added another as the Minutemen attempted to make the score more respectable, narrowing the spread to 12-5.

But Hofstra scored the final two goals to wrap up the debacle.

"We didn't execute today," UMass defender Tom Celentani said. "We had a game plan, but we didn't show up."

Will Manny, who had recorded at least one point in all of his previous 25 career games, was held without a point Saturday. He also had six turnovers.

Hofstra coach Seth Tierney said that Antoniades doesn't get as much credit as he should.

"John's a warrior, and I guess that's appropriate for this day (Warrior Classic)," he said. "He's a machine when he gets on a roll."

UMass closes its regular season Friday night at home against Delaware. Delaware handed Hofstra its only loss of the season , 7-6, March 19.

Games At Rentschler Field Special To State Lacrosse Players

By MATTHEW CONYERS, mconyers@courant.com

8:27 PM EDT, April 23, 2011

EAST HARTFORD --

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About 25 minutes after his UMass men's lacrosse team lost 14-5 to Hofstra on Saturday, Ryan Hollenbaugh needed to collect himself in the hallway outside the locker rooms at Rentschler Field.

The sting of defeat couldn't last long for the sophomore defender from Glastonbury. Hollenbaugh still had work to do -- important work.

Hollenbaugh, who played lacrosse and soccer for Glastonbury High before graduating in 2009, was set to go talk to a group of eighth-graders from the Glastonbury youth lacrosse program.

"Every time I get a chance to be home I try to go to a practice or two to get with the kids and teach them something here or there," Hollenbaugh said. "I know it is important to give back. I know the kids really look up to everyone."

For the second straight year, several state players got a chance to return home, playing before 4,748 in the ESPNU Warrior Classic. Hofstra took the first game of the doubleheader, and Syracuse, ranked fourth in the nation, beat Rutgers 12-2 in the nightcap.

Both games played out in similar fashion. No. 8 Hofstra and Syracuse, both 12-1, jumped to big early leads. Hofstra took a 7-0 lead before No. 15 UMass (8-4) got on the board, and Syracuse led 6-1 at halftime against Rutgers (5-7).

"I just think we were focused from the get-go and it started with the warmup," said Hofstra attack Jay Card, who scored four goals.

Unlike last year, when Connecticut players figured prominently on the score sheet, no state players found the back of the net Saturday. There were eight Connecticut players listed on the rosters of the four programs, and four others who played at state prep schools. Simsbury's Bobby Eilers had scored four goals in Syracuse's previous two games.

Still, the Connecticut players' impact was felt in other places, which was evident in the case of Hollenbaugh.

The former Glastonbury standout doesn't take for granted his role at the local level. He is proud to help the sport continue to grow in the state and is eager to give back.

"The sport has grown a lot in the state -- we have Glastonbury youth programs all the way to the first grade now," Hollenbaugh said. "When I was playing we just started out in fourth, fifth grade. I really like seeing the youth programs grow."

Hollenbaugh played sparingly for UMass last season but a year of experience has made him more comfortable with the speed of the college game and he is now a key defender for the Minutemen.

"I've just been more aggressive, trying to get out on the ball and cause more turnovers," Hollenbaugh said. "We want to dictate what we want their offense to do."

That maturity was also evident Saturday in defeat. Hollenbaugh talked like the role model he is striving to be when asked what he would take away from the loss.

"Personally, I need more mental preparation -- maybe a little more watching of film," he said.

And like the rest of the Connecticut players, Hollenbaugh is hoping to get another chance to play at the Rent.

"Coming back home is a treat," Hollenbaugh said. "Just being here is special."


Hofstra Harnesses 'Dislike' of UMass to Win Big

by Jason Remillard | LaxMagazine.com | ESPNU Warrior Classic Live Blog


Hofstra attackman Jay Card (3g, 1a) kept his 41-game scoring streak alive and the Pride defense kept UMass attackman Will Manny scoreless for the first time in his career, as the Pride defeated the Minutemen 14-5 at Rentschler Field.

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- As would be expected any time league rivals play each other as often as these two, the Hofstra University men's lacrosse team harbors a little animosity toward the University of Massachusetts.

"Dislike," Pride coach Seth Tierney said, taking the politically correct route.

At a team dinner Friday before the ESPNU Warrior Classic, Tierney read a series of inspirational letters written by former Hofstra players and had a few there to speak directly. Some played for the 2006 team that blew a five-goal lead late in an NCAA quarterfinal and asked themselves "what if" when the Minutemen reached the national championship game.

The motivation appeared to work, as Hofstra used a dominant third quarter to take a 14-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over UMass at Rentschler Field in the 20th straight regular-season meeting between the clubs since 1992.

"It's great to hear from people from the past who have played on the team and how they feel about UMass and the rivalry," said Hofstra freshman attack Lance Yapor, who scored his first two collegiate goals. "It just gets you pumped up a bit to hear what they have to say about UMass."

After UMass scored twice late in the second quarter, Hofstra made sure the momentum didn't go very far in the third. The Pride dominated every statistical category and scored five goals to take a 12-2 lead after 45 minutes.

No. 15 UMass (8-4, 3-2) looked like it had stolen the momentum away when senior midfielder Steve Zorkers careened a shot off Hofstra goalie Andrew Gvozden, which trickled behind the goal line as time expired in the second quarter. It was Zorkers' first goal since the 2008 season and second of his career.

However, No. 8 Hofstra (12-1, 4-1) outshot UMass 17-2 in the third, won all six faceoffs, held a 10-2 edge in groundballs and a 7-0 cushion on the scoreboard. By the time the Minutemen opened the fourth quarter with three consecutive goals, the damage was more than done.

"To be honest with you, what spurred that quarter is what happened at the end of the half," Tierney said. "We went into halftime disappointed that it wasn't 7-1. When you've got 18-to-22 year-old kids, you want to keep it rolling."

Senior attackman Jay Card extended his points streak to 41 consecutive games by recording four points and an assist. John Antoniades won 15 of 20 faceoffs for the game.

More importantly, the Pride defeated one of the two teams it entered the day tied with for second place in the CAA. Hofstra hosts the other team, Penn State, next Saturday in Hempstead, N.Y.

While Card's points streak continues, the same can't be said for UMass sophomore Will Manny, who was held off the scoresheet for the first time in his college career (25 games) while commiting a game-high six turnovers. Tierney credited senior longpole Mike Skudin for shutting Manny down.

By going scoreless for the first 26:41, the Minutemen endured their longest scoring drought since a 30:07 skein nearly two years ago to the day. In that game, UMass fell behind 9-0 at Syracuse before losing 16-3.

"It's great to see that our defense stepped up against a great offensive team," said Hofstra middie Adrian Sorichetti, who had three goals.

UMass' Art Kell was also held pretty much in check until he scored the first two goals of the fourth. Colin Fleming also tallied, as the Minutemen started the quarter on a 3-0 run but could not find the back of the cage again.

"We were outplayed in every facet of the game," UMass coach Greg Cannella said. "We lost every faceoff, it seemed, and we never had the ball. A lot of the credit goes to Hofstra."


Final: Hofstra 14, UMass 5

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FINAL THOUGHTS:

  • If the score wasn't indication enough, Hofstra completely dominated possession throughout the entire contest. The Pride can thank John Antoniades for that, who won 15 of his 20 faceoffs. The Pride outshot UMass in every quarter, including a 17-2 shot edge in the third quarter that quelled any chance of a UMass comeback. "John is a warrior, he's a machine," Hofstra coach John Tierney said after the game. "John got us rolling. He played a roll in the offensive output, John played a roll in the amount of time we had to play defense. He's the unspoken guy and probably should be talked about more."
  • Having already lost to first-place Delaware, Hofstra needed to win to avoid falling into third place in the CAA. This keeps the Pride alive not only for a home game in the CAA playoffs, but an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.
  • Subsequently, this is a big loss for the Minutemen. Not only do they fall to third place in the conference, but a matchup against Delaware awaits on Friday. Perhaps of most concern for UMass, is only one of its wins this season has come against a team currently ranked in the polls (No. 17 Army). Heading into the Delaware game after a tough loss is not very appealing for the Minutemen. "Hopefully guys take this personally and prepare for next weeks game," UMass coach Greg Cannella said.  "We were outplayed in every facet of the game, they took it to us. They were in control of the game from the first whistle."
  • Hofstra's balanced attack (five players with at least two goals today) continues to give teams problems. As coach Cannella pointed out, the Pride have six players on the field at all times who can put the ball in the net. Tough to defend that.
  • UMass' Will Manny failed to register a point for the first time in his career, ending a 25-game scoring streak.

PREGAME:

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- No complaints here as I'm warm and toasty in the press box at Rentschler Field for the ESPNU Warrior Classic. The players for No. 8 Hofstra and No. 15 Massachusetts aren't as lucky in the rainy sub-50 degree weather.

But the weather will be in the back of their collective minds in a matchup that will greatly effect the Colonial Athletic Association standings. Both Hofstra (11-1, 3-1 CAA) and UMass (8-3, 3-1 CAA) enter today's game tied in the conference and trailing Delaware -- which is a perfect 4-0 in the CAA.

Both teams enter on a high note, as the Minutemen have won three straight games (including two consecutive on overtime goals by Kyle Smith) and the Pride are riding a six-game winning streak. This will be Hofstra's first big test in a while, as those six teams have a combined record of 21-50 this season.

If you're lucky enough to have ESPNU, you can watch this matchup without the perils of cold and rain. Perhaps that's what the fans of these teams are doing, because to say the stands are completely empty isn't much of an overstatement.

Here are today's starting lineups:

UMass:

Attack: Will Manny (19 G, 18 A), Kyle Smith (8 G, 3 A), Art Kell (19 G, 12 A)

Midfield: Ryan Hollenbaugh, Bobby Tyler, Greg Rushing (60 GB)

Defense: Tom Celentani, Greg Anderson, Jake Smith (18 CT)

Goalkeeper: Tim McCormack (8.00 GAA, .557 Save %)

Hofstra:

Attack: Stephen Bentz (19 G, 11 A), Jay Card (23 G, 12 A), Jamie Lincoln (25 G, 8 A)

Midfield: Ian Braddish (12 G, 11 A), Brad Loizeaux (5 G, 4 A), Kevin Ford (9 G, 9 A)

Defense: Mike Skudin, Corey Caputo, Cody Solaja

Goalkeeper: Andrew Gvozden (5.57 GAA, .615 Save %)

 

FIRST QUARTER:

15:00 Hofstra gains possession and quickly turns it over to start this one.

11:15 Another Hofstra turnover is followed by a Hofstra 1-minute cross-checking penalty on the Pride's Steven DeNapoli. UMass fails to score or even get a shot off.

10:05 Another penalty, this time a 30-second pushing penalty on the Minutemen. The Pride cycle the ball around, but don't get a good scoring opportunity.

8:00 One thing to watch for in this one is how UMass' bench production compares to Hofstra's starting midfield, which has combined for 26 goals and 24 assists this season. The Minutemen don't produce a lot of goals from their midfielders, but with Ryan Hantverk (16 G, 9 A), Colin Fleming (11 G, 5 A) and Anthony Biscardi (17 G, 10 A) all coming off the bench, UMass has firepower from the reserves.

7:03 Hofstra 1, UMass 0. The Pride finally break the scoreless tie almost eight minutes into the contest, on a shot by Jamie Lincoln.

5:09 The UMass offense has been non-existant in this one, as it has more penalties (two) than shots attempted (one). This one was committed by Tom Celentani for cross-checking.

3:55 UMass once again kills off the man-advantage for Hofstra. Speaking of man-advantages, UMass now has one after a Hofstra offsides penalty. Sloppy play in this one. Just like the weather.

1:33 Timeout Hofstra. As expected, the field remains wet from all the rain today -- definitely having an effect on the footing of the players.

0:58 Hofstra 2, UMass 0. After a rocket of a shot from Hofstra's Ian Braddish was saved by UMass goalkeeper Tim McCormack, a subsequent shot found the back of the net to extend the Pride lead.

0:00 Today's first quarter marked just the second time this season that UMass has failed to score in a quarter. Hofstra has now outscored its opponents 36-17 in the first period this season.

SECOND QUARTER:

13:30 Hofstra 3, UMass 0. Another UMass turnover. And another Hofstra goal. Great passing on the rush results in a goal by Stephen Bentz. Credit Corey Caputo with a nice assist. The Minutemen will have to battle the elements and clean up their passing to try and maintain possession and stop this Hofstra run.

12:19 Well, that didn't happen. Hofstra 4, UMass 0. The Pride continue to pile it on. Jay Card does the damage on this one, assisted by Bentz, who just scored a minute earlier. The Pride continue to win the faceoffs and immediately go on the attack. Tough for UMass to get in some type of a rhythm without the ball.

9:03 UMass spends the last three minutes with the ball -- a positive sign -- but fail to do anything productive with it. One shot attempt doesn't come close and a bad pass once again sends the ball in the other direction.

7:53 It's becoming difficult to keep track of all these turnovers. The weather isn't helping things on either side, but the rain has subsided and at some point that can't continue to be an excuse for all the sloppy play.

6:30 Hofstra 5, UMass 0. Tim McCormack has been a busy guy in goal for the Minutemen, and the Pride are making him pay for it. This one McCormack really won't be happy about, allowing this one to go by him 5-hole from Adrian Sorichetti.

6:05 Hofstra 6, UMass 0. That didn't take long. Jay Card can pile them up in a hurry, and he just victimized McCormack for the second time in this game. Now McCormack has another goal to think about, just 25 seconds after allowing one to Sorichetti. After 24 minutes in this tilt, UMass remains scoreless -- marking the longest scoring drought for the Minutemen in 2011.

5:41 Penalty flags everywhere ... almost more on the field than fans in the stands. I kid, I kid. This one on UMass and Hofstra once again capitalizes. Hofstra 7, UMass 0. Jamie Lincoln joins Jay Card with two goals today.

3:19 Hofstra 7, UMass 1. Perhaps that will get things going for UMass. Anthony Biscardi scores his 18th goal of the season off a nice feed from Ryan Hantverk -- finally killing the 26 minute, 4 second drought. That marked the longest drought for the Minutemen since a 2008 tilt against Syracuse. UMass started that one down 9-0, so this is an improvement.

0:01 Wow, what a way to end the first half. Hofstra 7, UMass 2. The Minutemen score a wacky goal with just one second remaining in the half -- a rare goal from Steve Zorkers, just his first this season and second of his career. His shot attempt was initially stopped by Hofstra's Andrew Gvozden, but it popped out of the webbing and slowly trickled in the goal just before the half ended.

HALFTIME:

  • Hofstra completely dominated UMass for the first 26 minutes, amassing a 7-0 lead. But the Minutemen scored the final two goals of the half, giving them some momentum and hope heading into the third quarter.
  • The Pride have two goals each from Jay Card and Jamie Lincoln. If just one of those three continue their strong play in the second half, UMass has an even bigger hill to climb than the five-goal deficit indicates.
  • It's still cold, breezy and a bit rainy, but all have improved since the start of the game. The sloppiness has subsided a bit throughout, and now the offenses are starting to put serious pressure on the goalies.
  • Hofstra has been particularly relentless throughout, registering 11 shots in each quarter. UMass only had three in the second period, but made two of them count to get back into it.

THIRD QUARTER:

15:00 Stating the obvious, UMass has to start winning some faceoffs to have a shot at coming back from this five-goal deficit. Not a good start here, as the Pride pick up another one.

10:55 Hofstra 8, UMass 2. UMass desperately needed to tally the first goal of the third quarter, but Jay Card made sure that didn't happen. Card has outscored UMass by himself, notching his third goal today.

9:57 UMass looks a bit frantic offensively in the early going here, trying to connect on difficult long-range passes in an effort to get something going. The passing game has not been effective for the Minutemen today whatsoever.

8:01 The Minutemen dodge one bullet on a Hofstra shot that hits the post, but UMass senior defender Travis Tripucka hits the ground hard and is shaken up. He walks off on his own power and looks to be OK.

7:48 Not sure Tim McCormack will be OK, however. He allows his ninth goal of the afternoon, on a shot by Jay Card. He doesn't miss often, does he? It's his fourth of the game and 27th of the season.Hofstra 9, UMass 2.

5:06 Hofstra 10, UMass 2. Any momentum UMass had heading into the second half didn't last long. Hofstra now has four players with at least two goals. Adrian Sorichetti joins the list. Considering no Hofstra opponent has scored 10 goals this season, UMass is in some serious trouble.

3:47 Hofstra 11, UMass 2. Sorichetti strikes again, notching a hat trick of his own. After going the entire first quarter without a goal, UMass is dangerously close to going the entire third quarter without one either.

3:00 Hofstra 12, UMass 2. A one-minute slashing penalty on UMass' Ryan Hollenbaugh doesn't slow down Hofstra, as Stephen Bentz scores just as the flag goes flying in the air.

1:00 If you're watching on ESPNU and it seems as though UMass never has possession, it's because UMass never has possession. How's that for analysis?

0:00 Hofstra scores, but it comes just after the whistle -- as it's waved off. At this point, it doesn't really matter.

FOURTH QUARTER:

14:54 It only took six seconds of action in the third quarter to fully sum this one up for UMass. Step 1: Lose faceoff. Step 2: Committ penalty (a 1-minute slash on Tom Celentani).

13:45 Currently looking at the stat sheet, and it's not pretty for the Minutemen. They were outshot 17-2 in the third period and 39-14 in the game.

13:24. On the bright side, UMass just scored a goal -- ensuring that they don't register a third scoreless quarter in this game. Art Kell scores his first of the game and 20th of the season. Hofstra 12, UMass 3.

12:31 Art Kell strikes again. Hofstra 12, UMass 4. Hofstra follows that up immediately with a one-minute unnecessary roughness penalty on Adam Mojica. The result of this game has already been decided, but for UMass coach Greg Cannella, he has to at least be pleased that his team is playing with some fire and pride in the final quarter.

11:36 Where did all this offense come from? UMass now has more goals in the last two minutes than they had in the first 45. The Minutemen tally another one, this time from the stick of Colin Fleming. Hofstra 12, UMass 5.

7:14 Hofstra wanted to get back in on the action, doing so midway through the fourth quarter. Lance Yapor figured now was as good a time as any to notch his first goal of the season. Hofstra 13, UMass 5.

5:30 Yapor apparently enjoyed his first goal so much, he decided to score another. Hofstra 14, UMass 5.

4:45 A rare positive moment for UMass goalkeeper Tim McCormack who makes a great save on a point-blank shot from Jay Card. He was probably bound to miss eventually. McCormack has been pelted with shots each and every quarter, as Hofstra has dominated possession from start to finish.

0.00 That's a final. Back with more shortly.


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