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PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Towson On Saturday

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse squad returns to Colonial Athletic Association competition when Towson heads to Amherst, Mass., for a Saturday, April 5 contest on Garber Field. The Minutemen are 7-2 overall and 1-0 in CAA games following their bye week while the Tigers are 7-3 this year, including a 1-1 mark in the conference. Check out more in this week's UMassAthletics.com men's lacrosse preview below:

 University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 10 #11/12 Massachusetts (7-2, 1-0) vs. [RV/RV] Towson (7-3, 1-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 5, 2014 | Noon
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
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 Series History Massachusetts leads, 4-3. Last meeting: Towson 9, Massachusetts 5; April 6, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
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 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, senior midfielder Matt Whippen and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri as the UMass men's lacrosse prepares to face Towson at home on Saturday, April 5. Read his preview ahead of the contest below.

"It's crunch time for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.

With only four games remaining on its schedule, No. 12 UMass (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) looks to make one final push toward having the CAA championship come through Amherst.

However, the Minutemen aren't looking that far down the road just yet. Instead they are focusing all of their attention to Saturday's matchup against Towson after a 14-day layover between games.

'It's been a while since we've played,' senior Matt Whippen said. 'These past two weeks we took a step back to focus on our individual skills, but now we are getting ready for Towson because they're going to be a good team (and) ready to play us.'

The Tigers (7-3, 1-1 CAA) are one game behind UMass in the standings, so Saturday's game has the potential to shake up the landscape in the CAA..."

More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found here. The conclusion of Cyr's preview is available on the Daily Collegian website.

SB Recaps From Wednesday's DH Sweep Over Yale

Here are a few recaps and a photo gallery from Wednesday's doubleheader sweep of Yale in the 2014 home opener. The Minutewomen defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 and 6-1 behind its best offensive output of the season, pounding out 23 hits in the two games and six extra-base hits.


Quick Named ECHL Alumnus of the Month

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Congratulations to former UMass hockey goaltender and current Los Angeles King Jonathan Quick who has been named the MeiGray Group ECHL Alumnus of the Month for March.

Quick appeared in 38 games for the Reading Royals in the 2007-08 season going 23-11-3 with one shutout, a 2.79 goals-against average and a save percentage of .905. He became the ninth goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal on Oct. 24, 2007 against Pensacola.

Read the ECHL's full release here.

VIDEO: Football Spring Camp Spotlight On The Offensive Line

The UMass football offensive line is looking to fill the voids left by seniors Anthony Dima, David Osei, and Vincent Westcarr. Offensive line coach Shane Waldron and returning starters Matt Sparks and Tyrell Smith break down the unit's progression during spring practice following the Minutemen's workout on April 1.


Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an in-depth story with UMass defensive coordinator Tom Masella on his return to Amherst. Masella was previously on Mark Whipple's staff during their first tenure with the Minutemen. Masella also discusses what he's seen so far from the defense in spring camp and how he thinks the team has and will improve in the coming months.

UMass Women's Lacrosse Ranked 11th/12th In This Week's Polls

After last Tuesday's narrow loss to No. 7 Northwestern, the UMass women's lacrosse team dropped just a bit in the national polls. The Minutewomen enter Atlantic 10 play this week ranked 11th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and 12th in the Brine Media Poll. UMass remains a top 10 team in the newly formed Lacrosse Magazine rankings as they come in at No. 9 overall.
Matt Vautour has a story on UMass' all-time great running back Marcel Shipp who now paces the sidelines at McGuirk Stadium as a first-year assistant coach under Mark Whipple. Lorenzo Woodley and Jordan Broadnax both speak about the relationships they've formed already with Shipp and the knowledge they've gained in just a short time.

UMass tennis senior Yuliana Motyl contributed a piece to the Amherst Wire, a student-run online magazine by the journalism department, where she gives an insider's view of the conflict involving Ukraine, Russia and Crimea. Motyl was born in Ukraine before moving to Toronto when she was nine.

Collegian: Jessica Podlofsky breaks UMass tennis singles record

Arthur Hayden of the Daily Collegian has a story on Jessica Podlofsky who recently set the UMass tennis program's career record for singles victories. According to Hayden, it was an unorthodox route that led Podlofsky to UMass, but says that her goal from day one was to break the record.

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