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VIDEO: @UMassSportsNet Highlights From 2015 Spring Game

The UMass Sports Net put up highlights of the UMass football spring game after Friday's conclusion to spring practice. While seven key players were held out of the game, there were several exciting plays throughout the course of the night that brought fans to their feet.
 
The Daily Hampshire Gazette led off its Weekend College Round-Up section with a recap of the UMass women's tennis team's hard-luck loss in the Atlantic 10 Championship match on Sunday afternoon. Down 3-0, it looked as if the Minutewomen were in the midst of a terrific come-back rally holding leads in the four remaining singles matches. An injury to senior Chanel Glasper, however, ended her match pre-maturely to give the fourth, and championship-winning, point to VCU.

HIGHLIGHTS: UMass men's lacrosse vs. Drexel

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team returned to Garber Field in style with a 12-9 victory over Drexel on Saturday afternoon. Brendan Hegarty and Dan Muller provided hat tricks while Zach Oliveri backstopped the win with 14 saves in the cage. It marked head coach Greg Cannella's 300th game leading the program.

More on the win and the Minuteman program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of Sunday's win at La Salle for the UMass women's lacrosse team. Despite jumping out to a 10-0 lead and holding an 11-2 lead at halftime, the Minutewomen saw a terrific rally from the Explorers in the second half which Coach McMahon said serves as a reminder to the team that the six-time conference champs are going to get everyone's best shot this late into the season.

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Andrew Cyr from the Daily Collegian takes a look at several areas of the UMass football team that looked good during the Friday's Spring Game and several areas that he thinks will need to be focused on during the off-season.

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Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on the move to tight end for A.J. Doyle - a transition which happened just a week prior to the spring game. Doyle will continue to play quarterback, a position where he started in 2013, but could see meaningful time at tight end this fall as well.
Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian takes a look at the impact Robert Kitching and Dan Jonah played in the 2015 Spring Game. Kitching looks to take over the starting nod at nose tackle, while Jonah is a walk-on wide receiver from the baseball team who caught a touchdown pass on Friday night.

Collegian: @UMassFootball spring game a successful night

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass football spring game. Head coach Mark Whipple says the competitive level of the event was a good capstone for the spring season as the players prepare for summer workouts prior to preseason camp in August.

(Judith Gibson-Okunieff/Daily Collegian)

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Drexel

The men's lacrosse program returns to its traditional home facility, Richard F. Garber Field, with a 4 p.m. contest against visiting-Drexel on Saturday, April 18. The squad played its first five home games of the year at McGuirk Stadium due to winter weather-related damage to the playing surface at Garber Field. A preview of the contest, links to follow along, a recap of the last meeting between the teams and a scouting report on Drexel are available below:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game 12 Massachusetts (3-8 Overall, 1-2 CAA) vs. Drexel (6-6, 2-1)
Date | Time Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 4:00 p.m.
Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
Live Statistics GameTracker | StatBroadcast
Watch UMass All-Access
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Tied, 3-3. Last meeting: Drexel 13, No. 14 Massachusetts 9; April 12, 2014
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
Buy Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office

Scouting Drexel Men's Lacrosse
Hindered by a slow start to its season, Drexel sits at 6-6 overall with a 2-1 record in CAA play entering competition at Massachusetts. The Dragons faltered in each of their first four contests during 2015, but rebounded with wins in four of the previous five and six of the last eight overall. In his sixth year, Brian Voelker leads the team as head coach one campaign removed from advancing the team to the NCAA Quarterfinals.

Ryan Belka's 42 points paves the way on offense. Belka splits his scoring between team-highs in goals (25) and assists (17) while Cole Shafer follows with 30 points on 22 goals and eight assists. This dynamic duo owns 72 of the team's 159 points for a 45.3 percent share of the total scoring output.

Will Gabrielsen started at goalie in the opening four games, but only provided a .392 save percentage with a 13.68 goals-against average. His replacement, Jimmy Joe Granito spearheads the resurgent Drexel defense with a .556 save percentage and 7.36 goals-against average. Granito is 6-2 on the year over 481 minutes in net.

Last Meeting: Drexel 13, No. 14 UMass 9; April 12, 2014
Connor Mooney led the offense with five points on three goals and a pair of assists while Grant Consoletti earned a single-game personal best four points via a pair of goals and as many assists, but UMass dropped a 13-9 decision at Drexel. James Fahey provided four caused turnovers and as many groundballs as the Minuteman defense forced 12 Drexel turnovers in-total, tied for the most UMass created in one game during the 2014 season.

Drexel produced five goals during the pivotal fourth quarter after the Minutemen entered the final frame within one of tying, 8-7. Belka started a streak of three consecutive tallies for the Dragons, who entered the game receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20, with 13 minutes, six seconds left in the game.

Consoletti broke up the Drexel run at the nine minute, eight second mark of the fourth with his second score earned during play. His goal brought UMass within 11-8 of tying, but back-to-back tallies for the Dragons sealed the contest.

On Top Of The Tweet Game
Instant information about the men's lacrosse program, including an inside look at key points and statistics in each game as well as updates from practice and other team events can be found through the Twitter handle @UMassMLacrosse. Follow the Minutemen there and catch information about each UMass Athletic Department program through @UMassAthletics.

All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its seven home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, a CBS Interactive product. The link for each broadcast was accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer is asked to purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.

Keep track of everything related to the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

Dan Malone of MassLive.com has a Q&A feature with defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo and the improvement his group has made in his three years with the program. Sollazzo says there is still room for growth overall, but notes that his group has shown maturation and improvement over the years.

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