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PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse vs. Towson (CAA Championship)

No. 4 seeded Massachusetts men's lacrosse returns to Rafferty Stadium in Fairfield, Conn., for the CAA Championship Game against No. 3 Towson Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m. A win over the Tigers guarantees the Minutemen their 20th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history. All the information needed to keep track of the game follows:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: 2015 CAA Championship Contest
Game 15 Massachusetts (5-9 Overall) vs. [RV/RV] Towson (10-5)
Date | Time Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.
Location Rafferty Stadium (3,500) | Fairfield, Conn.
Tournament Info CAA Championship Central | Parking & Directions
Live Statistics StatBroadcast
Watch Broadcast live on American Sports Network (Check Availability Get Acrobat Reader) | Watch online: CAA.tv
Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
Series History Towson leads, 5-4. Last meeting: No. 18 Towson 6, UMass 3; March 28, 2015
Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse
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Scouting Towson Men's Lacrosse
Towson's stout defense has the No. 3 seeded Tigers back in the CAA Championship Game for the second time in three years as the squad sports a 10-5 overall record, including an 11-8 win over No. 2 seed Drexel in the semifinal round. The meeting with the Minutemen marks the first time the sides have squared off in the CAA Championship Game and the third postseason meeting between the programs, including a pair of CAA semifinal contests.

Starting goalie Tyler White, the CAA Defensive Player of the Year, ranks second in the nation with his 7.18 goals-against average and seventh in save percentage as White turns aside 58.2 percent of the shots he faces. With White as the backstop, the Towson defense holds the opposition to 7.40 goals per game, the third-lowest total across NCAA Division I on the strength of standout play from close defensemen Mike Lowe, JoJo Ostrander (All-CAA First Team) and Nick Gorman, who own a combined 62 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers.

Joe Seider, a CAA first teamer at attack, provides a team-high 35 points on 29 goals and six assists. He is one of only two Tigers above the 30-point threshold through 15 games alongside Ryan Drenner (16 goals, 17 assists).

Shawn Nadelen is in his fourth season coaching Towson and holds a 35-28 overall record. Nadelen guided the program to the 2013 CAA Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The squad has a winning record in each of Nadelen's last three seasons, with 10 wins apiece in 2013 and 2015.

Last Meeting: No. 18 Towson 6, UMass 3; March 28, 2015
UMass tallied advantages in shots, faceoffs, groundballs and caused turnovers, but was unable to leave No. 18 Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium with a win as the Tigers defeated the Minutemen, 6-3. Grant Whiteway scored twice in the loss while Zach Oliveri made nine saves in net. The loss - the lowest scoring game on the season for Massachusetts - ended a three-game winning streak.

Towson opened with three consecutive goals before Whiteway put UMass on the board with five minutes, nine seconds remaining in the second quarter. The Tigers bumped their lead back to three goals before the halftime break and added another tally for a 5-1 advantage midway through the third quarter.

Whiteway scored with 4:52 to go in the third and Nick Mariano added a man-up tally near the 11-minute mark of the fourth to bring the Minutemen back within 5-3; however, UMass was unable to pull closer the remainder of the way.

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.

UMass Men's Lacrosse In The CAA Championship
UMass men's lacrosse makes its fifth appearance in the CAA Championship during six years with the league. The Minutemen joined the CAA ahead of the 2010 season and won the league title in 2012. The squad has another appearance in the championship game in 2011 and exited the tournament in the semifinal round during 2010 and 2013. Their five appearances stand tied with Drexel (2010, 2012-15) and Towson (2010, 2012-15) for the most in the span. The Maroon and White own a 4-3 all-time record in the event.

How We Got To Where We Are
Seeding for the CAA Championship took until the final game of the regular season to set in 2015. When Drexel upset Towson in the last contest of the CAA slate, the Dragons earned the No. 2 berth and bumped Towson down to No. 3. The Minutemen were slotted fourth while Fairfield earned the No. 1 as a result of Towson's loss.

Drexel and Towson squared off for the second consecutive week during CAA Championship semifinal action and the Tigers earned their revenge through an 11-8 win over the Dragons. The Minutemen upset Fairfield during Thursday's nightcap, 9-8, to set up the first CAA Championship Game between No. 3 and No.4 seeds since the 2011 season.

The current CAA Championship contest is the first such with Towson and UMass facing each other. The squads previously met during the semifinal round on two occasions - during a 13-6 Towson victory on May 5, 2010 and a 10-3 UMass win on May 2, 2012.

More on the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program can be found via UMassAthletics.com.

The UMass women's lacrosse team used a dominant defensive performance to push past George Mason 12-3 on Friday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals. The Minutewomen will face Richmond on Sunday at Noon in the A-10 Championship title game for a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 12-3 win over George Mason on Friday afternoon in the Atlantic 10 Championship semifinals. The Minutewomen will play for their seventh straight league title and a berth to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday (Noon) against Richmond which defeated Duquesne in the other semifinal match-up.
The Daily Hampshire has a weekend preview and recap of the UMass men's and women's league semifinal wins. The Minutewomen defeated George Mason 12-3 on Friday in the A-10 Semifinals to advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship match against Richmond on Sunday. 

UMass senior standouts Troy Power (hockey) and Matt Keys (men's soccer) have some big plans after college and Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian spent some time with the student-athletes and discussed what's on their agendas following graduation next weekend.


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The Massachusetts softball team turned in a solid effort in a 4-2, 9-inning loss at Connecticut Thursday as it prepares for a pivotal 3-game series with Saint Louis this weekend at Sortino Field. Adam Aucoin of the Daily Collegian has a recap.


The NCAA.com website ran a feature written by Joey Saade of the Daily Collegian featuring UMass women's lacrosse senior goalie Rachel Vallarelli. The play of Vallarelli this season has been critical in the success of the Minutewomen and her leadership has helped turn the defense into the top unit in the country.
InsideLacrosse.com continues its coverage of postseason league tournaments with a preview of this weekend's Atlantic 10 Championships hosted by George Washington. UMass is predicted as the front-runner once again after a 16-1 regular-season with a dominant defense and several key offensive players.

Front Runner: Massachusetts   
Massachusetts finished the regular season undefeated in the Atlantic 10 conference and is the clear team to beat in the tournament. This streak has run up to 46 games and spans over six years. Dominant is an understatement. However, the most impressive statistic UMass leads in is goals against average this season. They only give up 6.41 per game while the next closest team is Richmond at 11.19. As if that weren't enough, the ladies are currently rolling on a 9-game win streak. Without a doubt, the Minutewomen will be the Goliath of the tournament that all the other teams will try and take out.

Gazette: @UMassLacrosse dominates Atlantic 10 Conference awards

The Daily Hampshire Gazette's daily roundup of college sports leads off with a recap of the major Atlantic 10 postseason awards brought home by the UMass women's lacrosse team. Erika Eipp was named the league's offensive player of the year, Hannah Murphy was named the midfielder of the year, Rachel Vallarelli was named the defensive player of the year and head coach Angela McMahon was named the coach of the year.

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