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Incoming UMass lacrosse freshman Zach Oliveri, who was just named to the US U-19 National Team, was recently featured on in a piece on the tryouts:

Oliveri is a vocal leader, often barking instructions to defensemen. He grunts when making saves. He talks to himself. Because he accidentally left his iPod at home this trip, he's been forced to sit in the dorms at UMBC in silence trying to focus before the day's games. (The tryout process is a series of evaluated scrimmages that will continue Saturday and Sunday. For the goalies, each have been given equal playing time.)

Oliveri has been tutored by former Team USA and professional goaltender Brian Dougherty, so this type of show should come as no surprise. The outspoken Dougherty coached Oliveri on a seventh-grade travel team, and Oliveri said he tries to emulate Dougherty and Sal LoCascio, the three-time world champion U.S. goaltender and National Hall of Famer.

"Both are great leaders. I really try to match that," Oliveri said. "If a defense doesn't have a leader behind them, it really doesn't complete the unit. I try to be very vocal and be there for the guys, and the saves will come. If I direct them where I want the ball to be shot from and make it easier for myself, it will help me out."

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