Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Matt Whippen, goalie Zach Oliveri and attackman Nick Mariano to preview the home-opening game against Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The Minutemen have won both of their games this year but face a tough test in the Crimson squad that looks to open its 2014 season strong at Garber Field.
"Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano has totaled six goals between his first two collegiate games, both wins for UMass (2-0). The attacker was also named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week and Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday.
But as far as Chris Wojcik, the coach of Harvard--the Minutemen's opponent on Saturday--is concerned, Mariano is simply playing to his ability. Wojcik, entering his fourth season with the Crimson, scouted the teen at Yorktown High School in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
He said that Mariano's capability to have multi-goal games at the
Division I level is a threat that Harvard will look to stop in its
season opener. The Crimson will also utilize Devin Dwyer (43 points) and
Peter Schwartz (34 points), their top returning scorers..."