UMass men's lacrosse has a short turnaround from its Saturday game vs. No. 18 Albany as the Minutemen host Providence on Tuesday afternoon at Garber Field. UMass is 4-1 on the season while the Friars bring a 3-2 record to Amherst, Mass. Check out more on the game below:
University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
Lacrosse Magazine writer Gary Lambrecht caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella to discuss the 4-0 start to the season and what has led the Minutemen to their four consecutive victories. Check out what Lambrecht has to say about UMass:
"The Minutemen of UMass have grown accustomed to good starts under 20-year coach Greg Cannella. For the third time in the past four years and for the 12th time overall, UMass is 4-0. What makes it notable this year is it's happening around a youth movement in Amherst.
There are five seniors and two redshirt juniors on the roster. Twenty-four of the team's 37 players are freshman and sophomores. The impact underclassmen are all over the place.
'It's been refreshing to coach such a hungry group that wants to do more and know more,' Cannella said..."
Lacrosse Magazine previewed Saturday's UMass men's lacrosse meeting with Albany as part of its Ten-2-Watch weekly series. Check out what the Lax Mag staff had to say about the game below:
"The Great Danes lost their first two games of the season, to Syracuse and Drexel, by a total of two goals and beat Harvard 14-8 for their first win last Saturday. The Thompson-led offense will be put to the test against a UMass defense that's allowed just 5.5 goals per game. Miles and Lyle Thompson share the team lead for points with 18; Lyle with six goals and 12 assists and Miles with 13 goals and five assists.
UMass has a freshman to watch in attackman Nick Mariano, who has 14 goals in four games. He scored back-to-back goals in the Minutemen's 6-5 win at Army and four goals, including the game-winner with seven seconds left in overtime, to lead UMass past Ohio State, a win that vaulted it into the Lacrosse Magazine Top 20. The Minutemen also feature former U.S. under-19 men's team goalie Zach Oliveri in net. A win here could help UMass' NCAA at-large tournament case should it miss out on winning the CAA."
More from Lacrosse Magazine's Ten-2-Watch series can be found here. The most up-to-the-minute information on the men's lacrosse team can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Brian Coughlin of Inside Lacrosse broke down the contrasting styles of play between UMass men's lacrosse and its next opponent, the Albany Great Danes. In addition to being a clash of top-20 nationally ranked opponents, the meeting puts a high-octane offense (Albany) up against one of the most stout defensive units in the nation (UMass).
"Two Top 20 teams are set to meet this Saturday in Amherst, Mass., as No. 17 Albany makes the trip east to face No. 10 UMass. The tales of how these teams have placed themselves in the Top 20 are drastically different..."
ILGear.com, part of the Inside Lacrosse family, are featuring another piece to UMass' 2014 gameday armor as the site shows off the UMass Minutemen Warrior Arm Protection. The Minutemen are wearing a variety of Warrior arm protection this season, including custom Warrior Regulator Arm Guards, Warrior Regulator Arm Pads, Warrior Regulator Elbow Pads and Warrior Burn Elbow Pads. The Regulator Arm Guards and Arm Pads feature the UMass symbol printed on the interior part of the pads.
Dan Malone of the Springfield Republican has a notebook today looking at the announcement of the 2014 UMass football schedule, a preview of the Hockey East playoff game for UMass at Vermont, an update on men's lacrosse moving up in the national polls and an announcement that NBC Sports has added several television games for the Atlantic 10 basketball tournament.
Eamon McAnaney of Lacrosse Magazine posted his Top 20 poll with thoughts on each team. He has the UMass men's lacrosse team ranked No. 10 and offers these thoughts on the Minutemen.
No. 10 UMass (4-0)
Greg Cannella's defense was in serious lockdown mode, as the Minutemen blow-torched Brown 15-2. It was the first time since 2001 that UMass held an opponent to just a deuce. Zach Oliveri did his share in goal with 10 saves, while Nick Mariano continued his impressive freshman campaign with five oals and his first career assist.
Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich highlighted a few keys to UMass men's lacrosse's 15-2 win over Brown while recapping his top-20 national rankings on Monday. Check out what Kessenich saw as some of the reasons for the victory below:
"Nick Mariano, welcome to the big show. The freshman scored five times in an eye-popping 15-2 win over Brown. UMass forced 17 Bear turnovers, and goalie Zach Oliveri made 10 saves. Garber's Gorillas have wins over Army, Ohio State, Harvard and Brown."
Another victory - the fourth in as many games this season - moved UMass men's lacrosse up in a pair of national top-20 rankings this week. After a 15-2 victory at Brown that saw the Minutemen reel off 11 consecutive goals, the Minutemen rose to No. 9 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Top-20 while they now sit 10th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and stayed in place at No. 13 according to Lacrosse Magazine.
Check out the national rankings, updated on Monday, March 3, below:
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.
Andrew Cyr has your Daily Collegian preview for UMass men's lacrosse's next contest, a rematch with Brown after the Bears defeated the Minutemen in overtime, 9-8 one season ago.
"They say that history always finds a way of repeating itself.
Just one season ago, the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team was 3-0 as it prepared to take on Brown. The Minutemen had wins over Army and Harvard, as well as an upset win over a nationally ranked team.
However, UMass (3-0) still feels as though it has unfinished business to deal with in a rematch with the Bears this Saturday in Providence.
'(This game) is going to be hard,' UMass coach Greg Cannella said. 'If they spread the ball out like they did last year, it's going to be hard. Last year, a bunch of different guys scored on us, so it's going to be hard to stop. We only have one film on them, so they might do some things we aren't prepared for. So we just have to stick to our principles.'
Brown (1-0) defeated the Minutemen 9-8 in overtime last season at Garber Field, after Daniel Mellynchuk put one past goalkeeper Zach Oliveri. Mellynchuk finished the game with a pair of goals, and attacker Kylor Bellistri finished with a hat trick..."
Tom Renner from the Daily Voice spoke with UMass men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano to discuss Mariano's immediate impact with the Minutemen, as the Yorktown, N.Y., native has nine goals through three games.
"Yorktown's Nick Mariano just wanted to contribute as an incoming freshman for the powerful lacrosse team at the University of Massachusetts. He has, and in a big way.
Mariano has nine goals in UMass' first three games and earned Player of the Week and co-Rookie of the Week honors from the Colonial Athletic Association.
The freshman attack's early success has helped UMass spurt to a 3-0 start, including a win over No. 14 Ohio State. Mariano scored the game-winning goal in overtime and had three goals in the contest.
'I wanted to come into the season with an open mind,'' Mariano said. 'I just wanted to go out and play and have fun and just contribute for the team. I prepare myself the right way every week. I go into the game with confidence, and that's been a big help.'
Mariano came from the powerful program at Yorktown High School, where he was four-year letterwinner under head coach Dave Marr. He helped Yorktown win three sectional titles, and led Section 1 with 63 goals and 48 assists as a senior, earning All-America honors..."
Quint Kessenich of Inside Lacrosse gave his look at the Top 20 in men's lacrosse yesterday and had the following to say about the Garber Gorillas.
12. UMass (3-0)
UMass is off to a fantastic start, most recently beating Harvard 8-4, while holding their in-state rival to one second half goal. Nick Mariano earned his second consecutive hat trick. Joe Calvello won 11 of his 16 face-offs and scooped up 10 groundballs, and goalie Zach Oliveri made 14 saves. Gorillas are holding one-goal wins over Army and Ohio State and play Brown next.
Tom Bovee of LaxDirt.com spoke with UMass men's lacrosse alumnus and current Boston Cannons attackman Will Manny to get his thoughts on the program for a feature article.
So Will what made you pick UMass? I wasn't really recruited by any of what you would call the big time schools. This ended up not mattering at all. I felt a great connection with Coach Cannella and he was interested in me right away. I wanted to go to a school that offered me all the things I was looking for, not sure I would have found that had I gone anywhere else. I was going to get to play right away and they had just graduated Jimmy Connelly and Tim Balise, so I knew I would get the chance to play right away, that was important to me. It really just worked out plus you earn what you put in at UMass and it's a real blue collar mentality about everything. I love that about Coach Cannella, you have to earn it.
You played on one of the best UMass teams in history who is one teammate from college you wish was on your team now?
I had a good talk with Cannons GM Kevin Barney and Head Coach John Tucker in the offseason and they were able to add a few UMass guys and I am really excited about it so I am fortunate to already have the chance to play with many of them but I would go with Jake Smith, he is one of the toughest, meanest most fundamental defensemen I've ever played and he is now in the MLL. Going against him you know you're going to be on the ground on a regular basis. I would want him on my defensive end, if I'm on attack watching out defense I know I'll have the ball soon if he is back there.
What was your favorite tradition on campus lacrosse related or otherwise? If we played a game on a Saturday after practice on a Friday we would meet in our film room as a full team. We had FNR, its Film Night Reels it could be from 2-10 minutes long of highlights from past, present and all over and it really gets the guys going and shows them what they are playing for. It teaches guys about Garber's Gorillas. A lot of guys don't understand that and it means everything to the guys who live it, I might just write a book about it one day. Also after that all the seniors also would go to dinner and just get to spend the time together and not a lot of schools get to do that, it's a special time that as seniors you get to enjoy with your class.
UMass men's lacrosse secured its third win of the season in as many games played with an 8-4 home-opening victory over Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 22. Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian was at the game and has a recap encompassing the win for MinuteFans.
"With two minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Matt Whippen fired a shot that deflected off of Harvard goalkeeper Jake Gambitsky in front of the net. Nick Mariano, like he has been all year, was in the right place at the right time to scoop up the ground ball and find the back of the net, breaking a 3-3 tie.
Mariano's goal started a chain reaction of offense for the Minutemen, who scored five goals in the final 17 minutes of the game in an 8-4 win against Harvard on Saturday at Garber Field.
'It was a scrappy goal that was just sitting on the crease,' Mariano said. 'I just picked it up and finished it and you could see the whole crowed go crazy and our team got an extra lift from it.'
Mariano scored three goals for his second hat trick in just three career games. His nine goals are by far the most on the UMass roster, and currently is tied for seventh in the country for total goals scored..."
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team continued its strong start to the 2014 season with an 8-4 win over Harvard to improve to 3-0. The Minutemen continued their "offense-by-committee" approach as six different players recorded at least one goal while eight in total notched at least one point. Below are links for updated national rankings, photo galleries, game stories and more:
UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and attackman Nick Mariano spoke to members of the media following the 8-4 home-opening victory over Harvard. Check out what they had to say about the win below:
UMass men's lacrosse hosts its first home game of the 2014 season when Harvard visits Garber Field for a Saturday, Feb. 22 contest beginning at 1 p.m. Get all your game information below, including a video preview featuring head coach Greg Cannella and senior midfielder Matt Whippen.
Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
#14/15 Massachusetts (2-0) vs. [RV/-] Harvard (0-0)
Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Matt Whippen, goalie Zach Oliveri and attackman Nick Mariano to preview the home-opening game against Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The Minutemen have won both of their games this year but face a tough test in the Crimson squad that looks to open its 2014 season strong at Garber Field.
"Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano has totaled six
goals between his first two collegiate games, both wins for UMass (2-0).
The attacker was also named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the
Week and Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday.
But as far as Chris Wojcik, the coach of Harvard--the Minutemen's
opponent on Saturday--is concerned, Mariano is simply playing to his
ability. Wojcik, entering his fourth season with the Crimson, scouted
the teen at Yorktown High School in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., during the 2012
and 2013 seasons.
He said that Mariano's capability to have multi-goal games at the
Division I level is a threat that Harvard will look to stop in its
season opener. The Crimson will also utilize Devin Dwyer (43 points) and
Peter Schwartz (34 points), their top returning scorers..."
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.
Lax.com saw UMass men's lacrosse take a 12-11 game from No. 14/9 Ohio State in overtime at the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., this weekend and put together some highlights of the contest for their website. Check them out below:
Following its 2-0 start, which includes one-goal victories at Army, 6-5 and over No. 14/9 Ohio State in overtime, 12-11, UMass men's lacrosse debuted in United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll after receiving votes in each during the preseason. Here are links to both polls:
UMass men's lacrosse traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to participate in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic and took a thrilling game from No. 14/9 nationally-ranked Ohio State in overtime, 12-11. Nick Mariano used the last of his four goals to secure the victory with 7.9 seconds left on the scoreboard clock at EverBank Field. Matt Whippen added three goals and an assist for four points while Jeff George notched two tallies. Zach Oliveri made 13 saves in goal and Joe Calvello won 19 of his 28 faceoffs. Hear head coach Greg Cannella, Mariano and Calvello's thoughts on the game and UMass' performance against the Buckeyes below:
UMass men's lacrosse takes a break from the weather in New England to take a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., to face Ohio State as part of the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic, hosted on Sunday, Feb. 16 at EverBank Field. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 9:15 p.m. Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Aaron Madaisky and attackman Nick Mariano to preview to event.
"Spring sports in the Northeast aren't always pleasant to deal with.
With temperatures still in the teens and snowfall constantly on the
horizon, it's difficult for coaches to plan their practice schedules.
Luckily for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, a weekend trip to
Florida is just what the Minutemen need to escape the harsh playing
conditions of New England.
The Minutemen travel to Jacksonville to take on the nationally-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic on February 16. Head coach Greg Cannella and freshman Aaron Madaisky preview the matchup.
Lax.com has highlights of UMass men's lacrosse at Army's Michie Stadium and the 6-5 win the Minutemen earned over the Black Knights to start the season on Saturday, Feb. 8. Nick Mariano and Grant Whiteway each had a pair of goals while Zach Oliveri made eight saves in the cage for Massachusetts. Check out some of the key plays from the game for both sides below:
More coverage of college lacrosse can be found on Lax.com. Additional content for the men's lacrosse program, including statistics, stories and photo galleries, can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
ILGear.com, part of the Inside Lacrosse family, gave fans of the game an inside look at the gloves UMass will wear in 2014, the Warrior Regulator 2. The gloves are maroon and white with black detailing and prominently feature "Massachusetts" and the wearer's number near the wrist.
Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian has a recap of how UMass men's lacrosse started its 2014 season with a hard-fought 6-5 victory over Army at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., on Saturday, Feb. 8. Freshmen Nick Mariano, Grant Consoletti and Jeff George combined for the first four UMass goals before junior Grant Whiteway stepped up to net the final two and the defense stifled a late Army rally attempt.
"Greg Cannella entered his 20th season as Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach unsure of where his team's points would come from.
Cannella got an unlikely answer in Saturday's season opener at Army,
as three freshmen combined for four goals in the Minutemen's 6-5 win
over the Black Knights.
Freshmen Grant Consoletti, Nick Mariano and Jeff George all scored in
their collegiate debuts for UMass (1-0), with Mariano scoring twice.
Consoletti started the attack exactly five minutes into the game when he
popped out from the crease to beat Army goalkeeper Sam Somers..."
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella to preview the 2014 season, which begins Saturday at Army with an 11 a.m. game. Check out Vautour's preview and what Cannella had to say about the squad:
Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach Greg Cannella admitted he was curious
to see how his team plays when it opens the season against Army,
Saturday at 11 a.m. at Michie Stadium, in West Point, N.Y.
'We're looking all
right. We'll find out a little bit more (Saturday). When adversity hits,
you find out what they're all about,' Cannella said. 'They've been a
good group to coach so far. They've worked hard. We've prodded them to
work even harder and challenge themselves.'
The Minutemen will be playing a lot of new faces, while some of the returning players will be in significantly increased rolls..."
UMass Spots Network caught up with men's lacrosse head coach Greg
Cannella, senior attackman and midfielder Connor
Mooney and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach
Oliveri to preview the 2014 season, which
begins on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Army. MinuteFans can watch the season preview
video through the UMass Athletics YouTube page embedded below.
Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr put together a story discussing the UMass men's lacrosse team's mentality entering 2014 as the squad embraces its status as an underdog in the battle for the CAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"It's been a while since the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has
been an afterthought in the Colonial Athletic Conference and the NCAA.
But coming off their first losing season since 2008, the Minutemen
enter 2014 unranked in the NCAA national rankings, and predicted to
finished fourth in the CAA preseason coaches poll.
The departures of Kyle Smith and Will Manny, the team's top two scorers from a season ago, don't help the cause either.
"This is the first time in a long time we're going to be the underdog
in almost every game we play," said UMass coach Greg Cannella, who is
returning for his 20th season in Amherst. "But sometimes the underdog
role is a good place to be in."
In fact, the underdog role is something the Minutemen embrace. And
with their sights set on bouncing back from a disappointing season,
preseason polls are the least of their concerns..."
UMass men's lacrosse goalie Zach Oliveri will look to be an anchor for the Minutemen in 2014, writes Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian. Oliveri is in his third year with the program and second competing after redshirting the 2011 season.
"It was an accidental epiphany. Zach Oliveri, redshirt sophomore for
the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, was looking through the DVR in
his Ronkonkoma, N.Y., home in June, when he found last year's game
against Hofstra, a 9-8 win on April 20.
The goalkeeper is academically a junior, but has two more seasons of
eligibility after this year's campaign due to redshirting his true
freshman year. Still, he became introspective watching the old matchup,
hyper-aware that his college lacrosse days are numbered....
Daily Collegian reporter Peter Cappiello focused a recent feature story on the emergence of UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-junior midfielder Ryan Izzo as a leader on the Minutemen. Izzo suffered an ACL injury as a freshman in 2011 but has recovered from the setback to become an all-conference and all-region standout.
"Ryan Izzo ran a toss sweep from the 23-yard line to the short side of
the field against Weymouth on Thanksgiving Day, 2009. He cut back
across the gridiron with five minutes to play, then broke a few tackles
up the middle, bound for the right pylon. Touchdown, 77 yards. It was
the final play of his high school football career.
A senior fullback at Walpole High School, Izzo set the Massachusetts
career points record at 722, and his 6,316 rushing yards were good for
No. 2 in the record books. But he never received a Division I football
offer. Izzo instead audibled to lacrosse, a sport he's played since
fourth grade. His first choice? The University of Massachusetts...
Corey McLaughlin of Lacrosse Magazine provided a "rapid reaction" to the Team USA announcement of its 30-man roster for the FIL World Championship, with UMass alumnus Kevin Leveille among those chosen. Lax Mag singled out Leveille among the seven attackmen on the team as a veteran who could make an impact when the FIL World Championship is held in July. On the former Minuteman, McLaughlin writes...
"Leveille, at 32 years old, is the oldest player in this group of
30. He's one of the all-time great finishers in the sport and holds
the MLL record for longest goal-scoring streak (59 straight games).
But he has never played in a world championship and is hungry to
make this team after being an alternate and rooting for younger
brother Mike LEveille in Manchester in 2010. Kevin first tried out
for the team in 2001 while in college at UMass."
LacrosseAllStars.com completed a season preview for UMass men's lacrosse recently, covering what has changed and who could step up for the squad in 2014. Author Connor Wilson took a look at the upcoming schedule and players who could be key to success for the Minutemen this coming season.
"UMass went 7-8 in 2013 after a superb 2012, which has seen the program
go 15-1. UMass started 2013 out right with 3 wins, especially as one of
them was a 12-11 win over then #1 UNC. An OT loss to Brown and three
straight losses to Top 20 teams put UMass at 3-4, but wins over Lehigh
and Hartford got the Minutemen back on track and playing with a winning
record. Three straight losses (two to Top 20 teams), two wins and a loss
to finish up there year gave UMass a 7-8 mark, and a disappointing
2014 should see UMass with a similar strength of schedule. Some
opponents have been changed out, but UMass has retained a challenging
but winnable slate of games. Early games with Army, Brown, Harvard, Ohio
State, and Albany will tell us a lot about where UMass sits, but let's
try to figure some of this out before they open the season with the Army
Black Knights on February 9th..."
Photographer J. Anthony Roberts stopped by the UMass men's lacrosse scrimmage against St. John's to snap some photos for the Springfield Republican. Check out the full gallery he put together here. More information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Geoff Shannon of InsideLacrosse.com took a look at the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team as part of its 2014 season preview on Thursday. Shannon recapped the team's 2013 finish, took a look at a few of the key returnees and newcomers for head coach Greg Cannella's 20th year as the program leader and picked out a few key contests on the schedule.
In anticipation of the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft, which is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10, MLL took a look back at some of the most successful players selected during the 2013 edition of the draft, among them Massachusetts men's lacrosse alum Will Manny.
The No. 14 selection of the draft (second round), Manny went to the Boston Cannons and provided 30 points on 18 goals and 12 assists in his first professional campaign. Find out who joined Manny to fill out the 2013 draft review here.
More information about Major League Lacrosse and the 2014 Collegiate Draft can be found here. The most up-to-date information on UMass men's lacrosse is available on UMassAthletics.com.
As the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft approaches, MLL is featuring watch lists for each position on the organization's website, with Massachusetts men's lacrosse senior Joe Calvello named one of the top four faceoff specialists eligible to be picked. The draft is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
In three seasons at UMass, Calvello is 228-for-412 on faceoffs (55.3 win percentage) with 100 groundballs. In 2013, his first year as the main faceoff specialist for the Minutemen, he finished 184-of-316 at the X (58.2 percent) with a team-high 79 groundballs in 15 games played (5.27 per appearance).
Inside Lacrosse released its 2013 Face-Off Yearbook preview for the Colonial Athletic Association on the organization's website with two Minutemen earning praise via the Coaches' Preseason All-Conference listing. Senior faceoff specialist and Joe Calvello and midfielder Ryan Izzo were tabbed on the preseason all-conference team while the Minutemen were picked to tie for fourth in the league with Hofstra.
The UMass men's lacrosse team traveled to Johns Hopkins for some fall ball action this past weekend, facing the host-Blue Jays and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Inside Lacrosse photographer Zach Babo was one the scene and has some great photos of the Minutemen in action against both teams.
Check out the full gallery through InsideLacrosse.com here. Photos 1-16 show UMass against Johns Hopkins while 35-47 cover the Minutemen vs. Rutgers. More information on UMass men's lacrosse is available through the new-and-improved UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program and head coach Greg Cannella
announced a partnership with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to help raise
awareness and donations for the battle against pediatric cancer on
Monday afternoon. A station will be set up at the team's annual alumni
game, hosted at Garber Field on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 3 p.m., where
anyone who wishes to donate funding for the battle against cancer or
shave his or her head can do so.
"Our men's lacrosse program is thrilled to have been asked to
make our alumni game part of the Vs. Cancer Foundation' s charge,"
Cannella said. "It provides us with an opportunity to help young people
with cancer and be part of something that is greater than us all. It has
always been a privilege to be part of our men's lacrosse program - that
privilege is now greater as we represent these young people in their
fight to beat cancer."
With the partnership, UMass is joining the Lacrosse Vs. Cancer
Campaign, which creates an avenue for programs from across the country
to come together with their fan bases to fundraise for the battle
against children's cancer. Half of the proceeds raised will benefit
national childhood cancer research while the other half will help kids
directly through local children's hospitals.
Donations can be made through the UMass Lacrosse page on the Vs. Cancer website
while those who wish to help but cannot attend the alumni game or
donate through the website can do so through a check mailed to:
UMass Men's Lacrosse
131 Commonwealth Avenue
Amherst, MA 01003
Former UMass men's lacrosse goalkeeper Tim McCormack (2008-12) recently accepted a position as an assistant coach with the seven-time NCAA Champion Northwestern University women's lacrosse program. McCormack was a three-year starter for the Minutemen, totaling 474 stops and a .559 save percentage in goal while earning USILA All-America, NEILA All-New England and All-CAA awards.
"I am thrilled for Tim McCormack and the Northwestern women's lacrosse program," said Massachusetts head
coach Greg Cannella, now entering his 20th season in charge of the
Minutemen. "He is an outstanding young man and coach. His tremendous
leadership ability, loyalty and commitment to excellence will serve him
well in Kelley Amonte Hiller's one-of-a-kind program. Tim lives and believes in the standards set by
Coach Amonte Hiller and the great tradition of success she has
established at Northwestern University."
Five former UMass men's lacrosse stand-outs were active in Major League Lacrosse since the previous alumni update on June 26. Below is a full list of those competing in MLL and how they and their teams have performed as of late...
Jim Connolly (2006-09) recorded one goal for Ohio during its 16-11 victory at Boston on Aug. 3. Connolly now owns 38 career points over 20 games, including 32 goals and six assists.
Diogo Godoi (2006-10) rotated in on defense for Ohio during a 12-10 loss to Charlotte (July 27) and at Boston during the squad's 16-11 victory on Aug. 3. Godoi has six groundballs in nine appearances this season and has played in 28 career games with Chicago (2010), Rochester (2011-12) and Ohio (2013-present).
Kevin Leveille (2000-03) owns eight points over his previous four games, including a five-point performance against New York during a 12-10 win on June 30. Leveille has a goal and a groundball in Rochester's most recent game, a 12-7 loss at Chesapeake on Aug. 3. Overall, Leveille has 19 points (13 goals, six assists) in 12 games this season and has 332 points for his career through 256 goals and 74 assists.
Will Manny (2010-13) produced a hat trick against Ohio with three goals and an assist in a 16-11 loss to Ohio on Aug. 3. Manny owns 16 points over his previous five games played, including five vs. Charlotte in a 17-14 Boston Cannons victory. Through the first nine games of his professional career, Manny has earned 26 points on 14 goals and 12 assists.
Jack Reid (2003-06) has played in 10 games for the New York Lizards this season. Reid scooped up one groundball during the team's most recent contest, a 13-10 loss to Denver on Aug. 4.
More information on the UMass men's lacrosse program is available through the team's website. Fans of Major League Lacrosse can find more information on the league here.
The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse featured UMass men's lacrosse alum Will Manny (2009-12) in its 'Rookie Spotlight' on Monday, highlighting Manny's immediate impact on offense. Through seven games played, Manny amassed 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists and recorded at least one point in each contest.
One goal; two goals; two goals; one goal, four assists; two goals, one
assist; two goals, three assists; one goal, one assist. This is Will
Manny's career line. You'll notice there are no zeros. He has recorded
at least one point in every game he has played in. Talk about an
Most new phases in life require time to adjust, but Manny's transition
from college lacrosse to the MLL could not have been smoother. His 20
points in 7 games looks more like a veteran line than a rookie one...
Check out the Boston Cannons official team website here for the full story.
Five former UMass men's lacrosse players were active in Major League Lacrosse since the previous program alumni update on June 3. Below is a list of how Minutemen currently competing on MLL squads have fared recently:
Brett Garber (2004-07) had a groundball and one shot attempt
during Ohio's 18-5 loss at Denver on June 22 after producing a shot
during the 13-11 victory over Rochester on June 15. For the season,
Garber has a goal and three groundballs spread over six appearances.
DiogoGodoi (2006-10) registered a pair of groundballs and a shot on goal during Ohio's 13-11 victory over Rochester on June 15. Godoi has seen action in seven contests as a defenseman, scooping up six groundballs in the process.
Kevin Leveille (2000-03) produced a multi-goal game with two
tallies at Hamilton during Rochester's 17-11 loss on June 22. Leveille
has at least one point in four of the last five appearances he has made,
earning nine total during the span. On the season, Leveille has 11
points on eight goals and three assists to go with nine groundballs
during eight appearances.
Will Manny (2010-13), the reigning MLL Rookie of the Week, recorded a goal and four assists for five points during Boston's 16-12 win over New York on June 21. Manny's strong outing comes one week after a two-goal game at Charlotte during a 15-13 victory for the Cannons. During Boston's current two-game win streak, Manny has helped lead the offense with seven points on a trio of goals and four assists.
Jack Reid (2003-06) saw time at Boston during the New York Lizards' 16-12 loss on June 21 after scooping up a pair of groundballs on defense during a 12-10 win over Hamilton on June 13. Reid has played in eight games on the year for New York.
UMass men's lacrosse alum Will Manny (2010-13) was recognized for his successful weekend in helping the Boston Cannons to a 16-12 win over the New York Lizards with the Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Week honor on Monday, June 24. Manny recorded a five-point game on a goal and four assists, with a helper in each quarter, to spearhead the offense. Manny stands atop the Cannons' leaderboard with a .429 shooting percentage,
scoring six goals on 14 shots over the first four games of his MLL career.
Manny spent four seasons on attack for the Minutemen, securing 201 points on 107 goals and 94 assists over 55 games, including 47 starts. Manny earned USILA First Team All-America, NEILA Player of the Year, CAA Player of the Year and Tewaaraton Award Finalist status as a junior in 2012, and battled through injury in 2013 to appear on the All-CAA listing for the fourth time and secure All-NEILA honors for the third straight season.
More information on the Boston Cannons can be through the team's official website here.
Jane Havsy with the Daily Record caught up with members of the Tripucka family for an article highlighting the family's athletic success, especially UMass alum Travis Tripucka, who was a student-athlete on the Minutemen football and lacrosse teams and is now competing for a spot with the NFL's New York Jets.
FLORHAM PARK -- Kelly Tripucka didn't think about his
children becoming professional athletes. No matter that Tripucka was a
two-time NBA All-Star, and his father, Frank Tripucka, had his No. 18
retired as the Denver Broncos' quarterback in the 1960s.
Now Kelly and Janice Tripucka's sons are following the family tradition.
Tripucka was scheduled to debut with the Charlotte Hounds in Major
League Lacrosse on Saturday night, just a couple of weeks after winning
his second NCAA title at Duke. Travis Tripucka, who played both football
and lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts, is trying to catch on
with the New York Jets as a long snapper.
With the Major League Lacrosse season underway, select UMass men's lacrosse alumni are continuing their playing careers at the next level of competition. Here is a recap of how a few of the Minutemen performed in their most recent contest as well as an update on their season totals:
Kevin Leveille (2000-03) produced four points on two goals and a pair of assists to go with a pair of groundballs during Rochester's victory over the Ohio Machine. Leveille now owns eight points on five goals and three assists this season in five appearances with the club. The MLL veteran with nine years in the league bumped his career totals to 321 points on 248 goals (including a pair of two-point goals) and 71 assists spread over 96 appearances.
Jim Connolly (2006-09) secured one assist for the Machine in their contest against Rochester, also chipping in a pair of groundballs. Connolly has four points on a trio of goals and one assist in four appearances on the year, his third playing in the MLL.
UMass men's lacrosse took care of business in the final two weeks and, with losses by Hofstra and Saint Joseph's on Saturday, will be headed to University Park, Pa., to take part in the CAA Tournament as the fourth and final seed. The Minutemen defeated Delaware, 16-8 during Senior Night on Friday to cap the regular season at 7-7 overall and 2-4 in CAA play. UMass will face No. 1 seed and host Penn State (11-3, 6-0) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. to begin the semifinal round. Here are a few news stories related to the upcoming event and how UMass made it into the postseason:
Cameron McDonough of MassLive.com covered the final game home game on Friday and had this follow-up after it became official that UMass was in the CAA Tournament.
UMass men's lacrosse defended Garber Field with the Blue Hens of Delaware in town on Friday night, putting together a complete performance to double-up the visitors, 16-8 in front of 1,623 fans. Kyle Smith earned a career-high nine points (6 goals, 3 assists) while classmate and fellow starting attackmen Will Manny earned seven more (4 goals, 3 assists) to pace the offense. On the other end of the field, seniors Ryan Hollenbaugh and Jake Smith combined for six groundballs and five caused turnovers to lead an even-paced UMass defense that did not allow Delaware more than two goals in any individual quarter.
With the win, UMass remains in contention for the final seed in the CAA Tournament, needing Penn State to defeat Hofstra and Towson to claim victory over Saint Joseph's on Saturday in order to secure a postseason berth. Below are a few recaps of the contest from members of the media present for competition:
The Daily Collegian's Nick Canelas caught up with senior attack Will Manny of UMass men's lacrosse recently to discuss the all-American's career and the road back from a broken thumb suffered in the 2013 season-opener.
Will Manny is as comfortable as ever when he steps onto Garber Field for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.
He's energized, but he's relaxed. He's excited, but he's focused. Everything is the same as it ever was.
He sports his usual white jersey with the No. 1 stitched in maroon
and has the No. 7 sketched in eye black facing in toward his nose under
He knows he can rely on his skills. He knows he can rely on his
teammates. And he knows he can rely on the preparation of his coaches.
Above all, he knows he can rely on his durability.
Manny had never suffered a serious injury in his entire athletic
career and had never been kept off the lacrosse field for more than a
week. He was always a fixture on the top UMass attack unit, even in the
But that all changed on Feb. 10.
Read the entire article through the Daily Collegian website here. The Minutemen continue their season with a home game on Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m.
Cameron McDonough highlighted the family tradition being continued by UMass lacrosse senior attack Kyle Smith as the Longmeadow, Mass., native competes for the Minutemen on the Springfield Republican's MassLive.com.
AMHERST -- For generation after generation, lacrosse has been a family affair in the Smith family.
The Smith family's love of lacrosse began with Neville, a member of the
National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and continued on down to his son Norm.
Now, that love has spread to Norm's son, Kyle, a senior attackman for the University of Massachusetts Amherst men's lacrosse team.
It was apparent from a young age that the family's lacrosse gene would
not skip a generation. Kyle picked up a lacrosse stick and never let it
Continue reading the story on Kyle, his family ties to the sport and the Smith's history with UMass lacrosse here.
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.
Former UMass men's lacrosse star Tom Celentani (2009-12) was featured on the Boston Cannon's website recently following his addition to the team's roster. Celentani was selected in the supplemental draft by Boston and will join the team beginning with training camp next month. A USILA All-American and three-year starter on defense for the Minutemen, check out the spotlight on Celentani here.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
During play against the Black Knights, Whippen notched his first collegiate point with the first Minuteman goal and went on to add three more during the decisive second and third quarters. After the teams tied at 4-4 through the first stanza, Whippen spearheaded the UMass offense with a trio of goals during the middle portion of the contest, in which the Minutemen built a 13-8 lead entering the final frame. The Chelmsford, Mass., native went on to add one more tally in the fourth before assisting Kyle Smith on the contest's final goal.
The Minutemen continue their season with a neutral-site contest at Kennesaw State University's KSU Stadium against No. 4 North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.
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).
In the annual Major League Lacrosse draft, a trio of UMass men's lacrosse standouts were taken during the eight-round event on Friday evening. 2012 Tewaraaton Award finalist Will Manny was taken by Boston in the second round (14th overall) before teammate Jake Smith was picked by the Cannons as well, going two rounds later (30th). Colin Fleming was the final Minuteman picked, with the Ohio Machine taking the 6-foot-6 senior attack in the seventh round (49th). Below are a few links related to the draft results:
WIth the help of SAAC, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, five representatives of the whole of UMass athletics sat down with the students at Crocker Farm Elementary School prior to the start of classes this morning. In addition to just interacting with the youngsters, each student-athlete took the opportunity to discuss the importance of eating healthy, staying active and working hard in school. Minutemen Joe Snyder (men's lacrosse) and baseball's Billy Jones and Alex Tuneski, as well as Minutewomen Katie Bettencourt (softball) and Jocelyn Providence (women's tennis) all participated in the day's activity.
For more information about SAAC can be found through the UMass Athletics website here.
And don't forget, this Saturday is the home-opener for football. Indiana of the Big Ten Conference will mark the first FBS program to visit Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is at 3:30 with lots of activities in MinuteFan Park beforehand.
2012 Final Regular-Season Rank: 1 2012 Preseason Rank: 12 Key Returnees: Will Manny (44g, 33a), Kyle Smith (33g, 19a), Colin Fleming (26g, 8a), Jake Smith (28gb, 11ct), Ryan Hollenbaugh (25gb, 12ct) Key Losses: 11 seniors. Art Kell (33g, 20a), Anthony Biscardi (21g, 7a), Mike Fetterly (7g, 19a), Tom Celentani (32gb, 24ct), Greg Anderson (26gb, 5ct), Tim McCormack (7.09 GAA, 60.6%)
Can the Minutemen repeat their magic? It would be tough for anyone to predict another 15-win, undefeated regular season, but this is especially the case with the Colonial Athletic Association's ever-increasing strength. Before UMass' NCAA tournament loss Penn State, Hofstra and Drexel gave the Minutemen a run for their money. Related: Will UMass consider beefing up its schedule with tough out-of-conference games? Despite ranking No. 2 in the RPI, UMass was given the 6-seed by the Selection Committee and drew Colgate in the first round; it didn't face its first tournament team until...the tournament.
How will UMass handle the loss of Art Kell and Anthony Biscardi? Tewaaraton Award finalist and Crafty lefty quarterback Will Manny and partner in crime Kyle Smith return, but fellow attackmen Kell and Biscardi combined for nearly 100 points last year. The nation's No. 3 offense will score, but defenses are going to pay more attention to Manny.
Who will replace Tim McCormack? The fifth-year senior and leader of the defense started 28 games over the last two seasons, and he saved 55.3 percent of shots in 2012. The heir apparent is Zachary Oliveri, a U.S. U-19 team member and highly regarded recruit. He's an outspoken, active goalie who will command the unit. Top cover defenseman Jake Smith, who went toe-to-toe with Peter Baum, will anchor the defense after losing multi-year starters Greg Anderson and Tom Celentani.
Matt Forman of LaxMagazine.com compiled a list of players of Unsung Heroes through college lacrosse. This is how Forman defines the challenge:
The task: Compile the nation's most underrated, under-appreciated and under-hyped team of silent stars. These are the best players in the country who did not make All-American teams, and being listed on the watered-down, all-inclusive "Honorable Mention" list does not count. To make matters more challenging, only one player from each college could be selected -- or else I would have been tempted to pick every player not named Mike Sawyer and Scott Ratliff on Loyola, or not named Jesse Bernhardt on Maryland.
D - Jake Smith, UMass Physical, tough-as-nails defenseman and leader of UMass' third-ranked defense. Held Colgate's Peter Baum to two late scores in NCAA tournament first round game. Picked up 28 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers.
Entering his senior campaign this spring, Anthony Biscardi was drafted by Major League Lacrosse's Ohio Machine. He joined the squad following the season teaming up with former Minutemen Jim Connolly and Brett Garber. The Machine posted a Q&A with Anthony this week on their web site.
In the March 19 edition of the USILA Coaches Poll, UMass holds steady at No. 3 in the nation for the second straight week. In the Nike Media Poll, the Minutemen also remain at No. 4 following the 9-8 OT win at No. 14 Penn State on Saturday.
In Quint Kessenich's weekly breakdown of the polls, he has this to say about UMass:
3 UMass -- The Minutemen had their first close shave, beating Penn State in overtime. Greg Cannella's team is getting offensive production from Will Manny, Art Kell, Kyle Smith and Anthony Biscardi. Stopper Tim McCormack (.615) ranks fourth nationally in save percentage.
Colin Fleming and Kyle Smith each scored three goals, but it was the defense that stood tall allowing just one Buckeye goal in the final three quarters of play as No. 8 UMass won at No. 11 Ohio State on Saturday. Tim McCormack was outstanding in goal making a season-high 11 saves and allowing the season-low three goals. The Minutemen will return to action on Saturday afternoon at Brown.
An all-around effort paced by Will Manny's three goals and career-high four assists gave the No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team an 11-9 win over No. 12 Bucknell on Saturday in the Garber Field home opener.
The 2012 Men's Tewaaraton Award Watch List was announced yesterday with UMass' Anthony Biscardi among the initial names up for the award. In late April, the list will be narrowed to 25 players which will be the official group of nominees for college lacrosse's highest honor.
Congratulations to UMass lacrosse alum Rory Pedrick, who was recently named an assistant coach at Plattsburgh State.
Pedrick becomes Plattsburgh's top assistant after an impressive career with Division I University of Massachusetts under Coach Greg Cannella. While at UMass, Pedrick played in the NCAA tournament three times including a second-place finish after losing in the NCAA Final to Virginia in 2006. During the Minutemens run to the final, Pedrick netted goals in the quarterfinal, semifinal and final.
"We are incredibly excited to get a former Division I player from a great program to join our staff," added Plattsburgh State head lacrosse coach Ryan Cavanagh. "He [Pedrick] comes to Plattsburgh with a similar philosophy and will help the Cardinals to continue to be an up-tempo, offensive minded team."
Pedrick was second on the team in scoring in 2006 and was in the top five for three out of his four years. In all Pedrick netted 36 goals and 35 assists in 53 career games for the Minutemen. He was also named to the NEILA Scholar-Athlete team.
After attending UMass, Pedrick began coaching for True Lacrosse in Chicago, Ill. where he was a camp director and all-star coach. Pedrick has also coached at several lacrosse camps including Peak 200 and the Sean Morris Lacrosse Academy.
It's not quite spring yet, but that's no reason not to enjoy some lacrosse next weekend - and for a good cause. Fred Hanson of The Patriot Ledger takes a look at this weekend's Catamount Classic Tournament which will be this Sunday at Thayer Academy in Braintree. Once again, the UMass men's lacrosse team will take part in the tournament which is hosted by Vermont.
Happy belated birthday wishes to Ali Houlis of women's lacrosse and football's Igor Garcia! The two celebrated their birthday on August 4. Happy belated birthday to K.R. Jurgelevich of men's lacrosse who celebrated his birthday on August 5! Happy belated birthday to Michael McDonough of men's track! Michael celebrated his birthday on August 6. Happy belated birthday to football's Ryan Carter and field hockey's Nicole Cordero! Both, Ryan and Nicole celebrated their birthday on August 7.
Happy belated birthday to Bryson Craft of men's lacrosse, Tanner Guarino of women's lacrosse, and Shiyi Zan of women's cross country/track who all celebrated their birthday on July 21. Happy belated birthday to Jesse O'Donnell of women's lacrosse and Jenna Goodwinn of women's soccer, the two celebrated their birthday on July 22. Finally, happy belated birthday to Matthew Palasek of men's lacrosse and Jennifer Harkey of women's cross country/track who celebrated their birthday July 25.
A pair of incoming freshmen, Brandon Gamblin and Zach Oliveri, from the men's lacrosse team were recently mentioned in a piece from Inside Lacrosse on 15 players who stood out at the ESPN Rise Games.
Ninety-six high school All-Americans participated in the
Champion Challenge at the ESPN Rise Games in Orlando. The athletes were separated into
four teams and faced each other in pool play, with the two top teams squaring
off in the finals.
Brandon Gamblin - Sachem North HS 2011 - signed with UMass -
midfield Gamblin was a whirling dervish at Disney World, exhibiting
endless energy in his quest to get to the goal. He is a bouncy dodger who can
slice and pop his way into the paint. He must learn to incorporate his
teammates and play without the ball.
Zach Oliveri - Connetquot HS, NY 2011 - signed with UMass -
goalie The US Under-19 goalie showcased strong hands and leadership
skills in Florida.
Oliveri is 5-8 and 195 pounds and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Sal
LoCascio and Doc Schneider, Long Island goalies who have become All-Americans
Inside Lacrosse reports that former UMass lacrosse player Brian Jacovina has been named an assistant coach at Rutgers. The former Minuteman middie was an assistant at St. John's for the last four seasons and joins new Scarlet Knights head coach Brian Brecht in Piscataway. Terry Foy's story says:
"Jacovina will handle offensive duties for Brecht. Brecht says he knows Jacovina after recruiting him as an assistant at Loyola and working summer camps with him while Jacovina was at UMass."
Incoming UMass lacrosse freshman Zach Oliveri, who was just named to the US U-19 National Team, was recently featured on LaxMagazine.com in a piece on the tryouts:
Oliveri is a vocal leader, often barking instructions to
defensemen. He grunts when making saves. He talks to himself.
Because he accidentally left his iPod at home this trip, he's been
forced to sit in the dorms at UMBC in silence trying to focus
before the day's games. (The tryout process is a series of
evaluated scrimmages that will continue Saturday and Sunday. For
the goalies, each have been given equal playing time.)
Oliveri has been tutored by former Team USA and professional
goaltender Brian Dougherty, so this type of show should come as no
surprise. The outspoken Dougherty coached Oliveri on a
seventh-grade travel team, and Oliveri said he tries to emulate
Dougherty and Sal LoCascio, the three-time world champion U.S.
goaltender and National Hall of Famer.
"Both are great leaders. I really try to match that," Oliveri
said. "If a defense doesn't have a leader behind them, it really
doesn't complete the unit. I try to be very vocal and be there for
the guys, and the saves will come. If I direct them where I want
the ball to be shot from and make it easier for myself, it will
help me out."
Chris Fiore scored a pair of goals and added two groundballs to help the Long Island Lizards down the Chesapeake Bayhawks and Jake Deane 14-11 last night on ESPN2. Deane finished the game with a pair of groundballs and was 2-of-4 on the faceoff.
On Saturday night, Jack Reid and Jim Connolly will lead the Boston Cannons to New York to face the Rochester Rattlers and Brett Garber at 7 PM. UMass fans can watch the game live on several outlets including ESPN3.com and The Comcast Network.