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.|
|Live Statistics||Sidearm Stats|
|Listen||WMUA 91.1 FM|
|Series History||Massachusetts leads, 11-0. Last meeting: No. 11 UMass 12, Hartford 6; March 22, 2014|
|Game Notes||Massachusetts | Hartford|
|Team Records||Massachusetts | Hartford|
|Social Media||@UMassAthletics | @UMassMLacrosse|
|Buy Tickets||Available through the Hartford Athletics Ticket Office|
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.
More on the UMass men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.