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Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Mentioned In Power 100 Spotlight

Inside Lacrosse picked a few of its Power 100 freshmen who had standout performances this weekend, with UMass men's lacrosse attackman Nick Mariano among those highlighted. Mariano had six points to help UMass defeat Brown, 15-2 on Saturday. Here is what Inside Lacrosse had to say about Mariano's play this season:

Mariano is simply on fire at this point. He scored five goals and one assist in UMass' 15-2 romp over Brown (photos here). He's on the short list for Rookie of the Year, and is leading the Minutemen's resurgence with 15 points through four games.

Read the entirety of the post on the Inside Lacrosse website. Check out more on UMass men's lacrosse through UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: UMass Tabbed Among 'Winners' From Last Week


The Inside Lacrosse staff named its winners and losers from last week, and highlighted the success of the Minutemen among its 'winners' for the squad's performance through two weeks of the season. Geoff Shannon pointed out the success of the UMass freshman class, especially during the 12-11 defeat of No. 14/9 Ohio State in overtime, while Xanders tabbed the entire team as his 'winner' this week following the 2-0 start, which also includes a 6-5 victory at Army in the season-opener. Below are excerpts from the article covering the Minutemen:

Geoff Shannon (@Geoff_Shannon)

UMass Freshmen -- Minuteman coach Greg Cannella really is a master at recruiting and player development. Freshmen played huge roles in UMass' victory over a then-top 10 Ohio State team. Frosh attackman Nick Mariano continues to live up to his IL top 10 attackman ranking scoring four goals, including the game-winner that he racked up on a beautiful dodge from X to left GLE. British Columbia native Aaron Madaisky, who stands at a monster 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, and rookie Culver (Ind.) recruit Austin Spencer both played LSM and helped hold OSU's midfield star Jesse King to one assist. New Jersey freshman middie Jeff George also notched two goals. After a focused fall, UMass starts 2014 2-0, enters the Top 20 rankings this week, and suddenly looks like a major threat for a CAA title run. Gorilla Ball rolls on.

Ty Xanders (@TyXanders)

UMass -- What better way to make a statement than to knock off a preseason top 10 team in overtime on national TV? Coming off of a 7-8 season and graduating Will Manny, I would have picked the Minutemen as underdogs in both of their games this season, so the fact that they could beat both Army and Ohio State to open the year says a lot about their chances about making a run to the NCAA tournament this spring. I loved the way Greg Cannella's heady, youth ridden team played with confidence and toughness, using a four-goal outing from sensational freshman attackman Nick Mariano (including the game-winner in OT) to give them a 12-11 win over the Buckeyes. UMass has some rest before playing Harvard, Brown and Albany between now and March 8, but I'm excited to see how they fare during that stretch.


To read the entirety of Inside Lacrosse's Winners & Losers recap check out the story here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.


Inside Lacrosse Shows Off New UMass Helmets

Warrior provided Hydrographic TII helmets for men's lacrosse this year, with the new gear featured on Inside Lacrosse's ILGear.com on Thursday. The website previously showed off the new Minutemen Warrior MD4 gloves that debuted earlier this season. Casey Vock has a full look at the Hydrographic TII here.


UMass Minutemen Warrior Hydrographic TII
Justin Lafleur contributed to Inside Lacrosse with a feature story on the lifelong friendship of UMass' Will Manny and Lehigh's Dante Fantoni, who will face each other for the first time on Wednesday after years of competing together through high school. The duo played at St. Anthony's High School and have developed into two of the strongest players in Division I college lacrosse, combining for 325 career points entering the upcoming contest, which will be featured as the ESPNU Game of the Week at 6 p.m. on March 20. You can also catch Manny and Fantoni in action through WatchESPN.com.

Below you will find the accompanying "Who Knows Who Better" challenge video related to the feature story.

Inside Lacrosse: Photos Of The Week

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UMass was featured among Inside Lacrosse's Photos of the Week, with junior midfielder Joe Calvello shown winning a faceoff against Harvard in the picture. Calvello finished 10-for-16 on faceoffs against the Crimson and has won 37 through three games. Check out the full set of photos of the week here.


UMass at Harvard (Inside Lacrosse Photo: Cindy Alves)

Men's Lacrosse Coverage From The Contest At Harvard

UMass men's lacrosse moved to 3-0 on the season with an 8-6 victory at Harvard on Saturday. Matt Whippen led the team with a pair of goals while six additional Minutemen notched a tally each as the squad used a balanced attack to earn the win. Zachary Oliveri, the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week, had eight saves in net while the team defense held Harvard to just 23 shots. Below are a few links related to coverage of the contest:
  • Brian Foley was also at the contest and had a recap of play for Inside Lacrosse as part of the organization's "On The Scene" report.

Inside Lacrosse: Photos Of The Week

One of InsideLacrosse.com's Photos of the Week came courtesy of the UMass vs. North Carolina game.

UMass vs. North Carolina (Inside Lacrosse Photo: Dave Adams)

Men's Lacrosse Gear Featured On Inside Lacrosse

Part of the UMass men's lacrosse gameday kit was featured by Casey Vock on Inside Lacrosse's ILGear.com recently, with the MD4 Glove by Warrior shown as part of a collection of the best gear from around the country. A full look at the glove is available on the site here.
UMass Men's Lacrosse MD4 Glove By Warrior.

Men's Lax Garners Recognition After Win Over #4 North Carolina

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, including redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri, received praise for the recent 12-11 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 nationally-ranked North Carolina over the weekend. In the contest, the Minutemen erased a three-goal deficit entering the final quarter through a mix of strong defense and balanced offense to earn the win. Below are a few links related to the Minutemen victory:

Oliveri took home CAA Co-Rookie of the Week honors after posting 18 saves vs. the Tar Heels.
Quint Kessenich ranked UMass No. 6 in his top-20 and weekend analysis column for Inside Lacrosse.
Bryan Wallace at Inside Lacrosse had a report on the atmosphere surrounding the UMass win.
Inside Lacrosse's Geoff Shannon appreciated UMass' "Gorilla Ball" approach to the game.
The Minutemen moved up to No. 5 in the USILA Top-20 and No. 7 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll.
The Inside Lacrosse staff ranked the UMass defense as the No. 7 unit in Division-I men's lacrosse.
Cecil Copeland was on-site to capture images of the hard-fought victory for Lacrosse Magazine.

The Minutemen continue their 2013 slate at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 23, before returning to Garber Field to host Brown on March 2 at 2 p.m. Ticket information for all home men's lacrosse games is available through 866-UMASS-TIX (862-7784).

Men's Lacrosse Ranked In Top-25 Entering Upcoming Season

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Coming off of a season that saw the UMass men's lacrosse program reach No. 1 nationally in the rankings and finish the year with a single-season program-record 15 wins, the Minutemen have earned national top-25 placement entering the upcoming campaign.

Inside Lacrosse released the organization's preseason media poll while USILA announced its top-25 simultaneously this week, with the Minutemen placing among the rankings in each.

The Minutemen begin their CAA Title defense against Army at Garber Field on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Noon. Tickets are available for the contest through 866-UMASS-TIX (862-7784).

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