Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr put together a story discussing the UMass men's lacrosse team's mentality entering 2014 as the squad embraces its status as an underdog in the battle for the CAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"It's been a while since the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has been an afterthought in the Colonial Athletic Conference and the NCAA.
But coming off their first losing season since 2008, the Minutemen enter 2014 unranked in the NCAA national rankings, and predicted to finished fourth in the CAA preseason coaches poll.
The departures of Kyle Smith and Will Manny, the team's top two scorers from a season ago, don't help the cause either.
"This is the first time in a long time we're going to be the underdog in almost every game we play," said UMass coach Greg Cannella, who is returning for his 20th season in Amherst. "But sometimes the underdog role is a good place to be in."
In fact, the underdog role is something the Minutemen embrace. And with their sights set on bouncing back from a disappointing season, preseason polls are the least of their concerns..."