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PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse at Hartford

UMass men's lacrosse continues its series with the Hartford Hawks during a Saturday, April 11 contest at Al-Marzook Field in West Hartford, Conn. It is the 12th all-time meeting between the sides. Read about the matchup below:

University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Game 11 Massachusetts (3-7 overall) at Hartford (6-4)
Date | Time Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.
Location Al-Marzook Field (2,500) | West Hartford, Conn.
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Series History Massachusetts leads, 11-0. Last meeting: No. 11 UMass 12, Hartford 6; March 22, 2014
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Scouting Hartford Men's Lacrosse
Hartford men's lacrosse is in the midst of one of its strongest starts to a season in program history as the squad is 6-4 overall and 3-1 during America East games ahead of the 12th all-time meeting with UMass. The Hawks are 3-1 at home on Al-Marzook Field and are currently on a three-game winning streak.

Kevin O'Shea leads the squad with 32 points through 19 goals and 13 assists. The next-closest points producer is Griffin Feiner (18 through 13 goals, five assists), followed by Justin Huggins (15, 11, 4).

Ryan Vanderford holds down the cage with a 10.60 goals-against average and .500 save percentage in 515 minutes of action. The true-freshman from Montclair, N.J., pulled in his second America East Rookie of the Week laurel on April 6 after he provided 12.5 saves and registered an 8.37 goals-against average during the recent wins over Siena, 14-9, and UMBC in overtime, 9-8.

Peter Lawrence is in his 10th season as the head coach at the University of Hartford. Lawrence took the team to the 2011 NCAA Tournament after the squad won the America East Championship that year. He holds a 47-95 record at Hartford and 63-119 mark as a collegiate program leader.

Last Meeting: No. 11 UMass 12, Hartford 6; March 22, 2014
UMass netted a 12-6 victory over Hartford at Garber Field through a balanced attack as eight Minutemen combined to produce the 12 goals. Connor Mooney paced the offense with six points on a pair of tallies and four assists while Nick Mariano added four points through three goals and one helper.

The Minutemen made use of a six-goal run covering just under 10 minutes of game action to turn a 5-5 tie game after back-to-back Hartford scores into an 11-5 margin. Mariano had two of his three goals in the streak, both on feeds from Mooney, while Mariano added an assist when Grant Whiteway closed the stretch his with 15th tally of the year at the eight minute, 35 second mark of the fourth.

Defensive play in front stymied the Hartford attack, as the Hawks were unable to generate a shot in the first quarter and committed 14 turnovers during the game. James Fahey spearheaded the effort with three caused turnovers and as many groundballs in support of goalie Zach Oliveri, who tallied seven stops.

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The UMass Sports Network was on hand at spring practice earlier this week to bring fans the sights and sounds of the wide receiver workouts through the day. Check out the drills and workouts the wideouts do as the group prepares for the 2015 campaign.

Wednesday's game against Vermont was more than just another meeting between the two regional opponents. It marked the first time UMass All-American Katie Ferris had been back to McGuirk Stadium since graduating last spring. The program's all-time leading point scorer, goal scorer and assist leader caught up with the UMass Sports Network following the game.

The UMass football team was able to generate over 200 new donor applicants for the Bone Marrow Donor Registry on Wednesday afternoon. The Minutemen helped signed up potential donors to the registry where they could possibly help save the life of someone dealing with blood cancers. In 2012, former UMass defensive back Ryan Carter was actually selected as bone marrow match and made the donation to help save a five-year-old boys life.

Coverage of @UMassLacrosse 16-7 Win Over Vermont

Check out the new coverage and video highlights of the UMass women's lacrosse team's 16-7 win over Vermont on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. Hannah Murphy notched four goals, while Amy Tiernan and Holly Turner each had three.

(Robert Rigo/Daily Collegian)

Jesse Korzen of the Daily Collegian has a feature on Hannah Murphy's recent scoring success over the last three games. In those contests, she has posted four goals in each to lead the Minutewomen.

Former UMass field hockey and women's lacrosse all-time great Lisa (Griswold) Lindley was elected to the U.S. Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame back in January - Darien Times Sports Editor Steven Buono caught up with Lindley to discuss the honor and her successes as a player and coach.

She was a three-time all-American on the field hockey and lacrosse squads at UMass, went on to play for the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Team from 1986-1992, and was a member of the World Cup Lacrosse Team in 1989. Since then she has a 347-70 record in 21 years of coaching Darien High School and has been Connecticut Coach of the Year six times.

'Honesty' is Hall of Fame coach Lindley's policy | Steven Buono, Darien Times

University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse alumnus Will Manny (2010-13) was highlighted as a major cog on the Boston Cannons offense entering the 2015 Major League Lacrosse season. Manny, elected one of the team captains, is entering his third season with the squad. Check out preview done by Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse below:

MLL 2015 Preview: No. 6 Boston Cannons | Phil Shore, Lacrosse Magazine
2015 MLL Season Preview: Part One | Kyle Devitte & Chris Rosenthall, Inside Lacrosse

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Collegian: @UMassSoftball with a busy weekend ahead of them

Daily Collegian softball writer Adam Aucoin spoke with head coach Kristi Stefanoni about this weekend's series with A-10 rival Fordham. The Minutewomen were scheduled to travel to Harvard on Thursday but that game has been canceled due to field conditions and forecasted cold temperatures.

Collegian: Finding His Way

Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian has a story on junior men's basketball student-athlete Derrick Gordon and what his life has been like over the past 12 months, since coming out as a gay man a year ago.