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Inside Lacrosse contributor Terry Foy compiled a list of the top freshmen from around Division I men's lacrosse recently and named UMass attackman Nick Mariano among them. Mariano has provided 32 points, tied for the team lead, on 25 goals and seven assists through 11 games this season.

Check out the complete list of freshmen through the Inside Lacrosse website. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Senior Night vs. Hofstra

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program hosts its 2014 Senior Night against No. 12 nationally ranked Hofstra on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. The five-man senior class of Joe Calvello, James Fahey, Reed Goodhue, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen will be recognized on Garber Field prior to the contest. Information about the game is available below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 12 [RV]/#20 Massachusetts (7-4, 1-2 CAA) vs. #12/11 Hofstra (9-3, 3-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch CBS All-Access
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 21-17. Last meeting: Massachusetts 9, #20 Hofstra 8; April 20, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hofstra Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hofstra Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on the men's lacrosse team can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Drexel

UMass men's lacrosse takes to the road with a trip to Drexel in Philadelphia, Pa., for a Saturday, April 12 game at Vidas Field. The Minutemen are 7-3 overall and 1-1 in CAA games while the Dragons hold a 7-4 mark this year and won two of their first three conference matchups. All your game information is available here:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 11 #14/16 Massachusetts (7-3, 1-1 CAA) at [RV/RV] Drexel (7-4, 2-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
 Location Vidas Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
 Live Statistics Drexel GameCenter
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Watch Drexel GameCenter
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 3-2. Last meeting: #17 Drexel 15, Massachusetts 14; April 13, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Drexel
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the Drexel Athletics Ticket Office

More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, midfielders Connor Mooney and Ryan Izzo and attackman Grant Whiteway ahead of the men's lacrosse matchup with Drexel scheduled for Saturday, April 12.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach Greg Cannella can be sure of one thing when he looks ahead to Saturday's matchup with Drexel - a fast game.

Cannella expects a fast-paced duel between the Dragons (7-4, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) and his own speedy team. UMass (7-3, 1-1 CAA) is looking to pick up the pace after a 6-5 home loss to Towson, who successfully slowed down the game to suit its style of play on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Drexel.

Drexel (11.6 goals per game) won last year's series meeting with the Minutemen, 15-14, in a game reminiscent of a shootout. Midfielder Ben McIntosh and attack Nick Trizano, both seniors with 42 and 35 points respectively, return to give the Dragons' offense teeth..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Men's Lacrosse vs. Towson Weekend Roundup

UMass men's lacrosse suffered a hard-fought one-goal loss to Towson on Saturday, April 5 to fall to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Below are links related to the contest and reaction following it, including postgame interviews, highlights and national rankings updates:

USILA Coaches Poll - Week 8
Inside Lacrosse Media Poll - Week 8
UMass falls to Towson despite strong defensive performance | Daily Collegian

More on the men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Towson On Saturday

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse squad returns to Colonial Athletic Association competition when Towson heads to Amherst, Mass., for a Saturday, April 5 contest on Garber Field. The Minutemen are 7-2 overall and 1-0 in CAA games following their bye week while the Tigers are 7-3 this year, including a 1-1 mark in the conference. Check out more in this week's UMassAthletics.com men's lacrosse preview below:

 University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 10 #11/12 Massachusetts (7-2, 1-0) vs. [RV/RV] Towson (7-3, 1-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 5, 2014 | Noon
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 4-3. Last meeting: Towson 9, Massachusetts 5; April 6, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, senior midfielder Matt Whippen and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri as the UMass men's lacrosse prepares to face Towson at home on Saturday, April 5. Read his preview ahead of the contest below.

"It's crunch time for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.

With only four games remaining on its schedule, No. 12 UMass (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) looks to make one final push toward having the CAA championship come through Amherst.

However, the Minutemen aren't looking that far down the road just yet. Instead they are focusing all of their attention to Saturday's matchup against Towson after a 14-day layover between games.

'It's been a while since we've played,' senior Matt Whippen said. 'These past two weeks we took a step back to focus on our individual skills, but now we are getting ready for Towson because they're going to be a good team (and) ready to play us.'

The Tigers (7-3, 1-1 CAA) are one game behind UMass in the standings, so Saturday's game has the potential to shake up the landscape in the CAA..."

More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found here. The conclusion of Cyr's preview is available on the Daily Collegian website.

Collegian: UMass men's lacrosse embraces extended time off

UMass men's lacrosse focused on improving the basics that have helped the team open the season with seven wins through nine games, writes Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr.

"Rest is something that's often hard to come by in the middle of a lacrosse season.

But the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, which is in the midst of a 14-day layover, has made the most of the time to improve and reflect on the season thus far.

'We got to focus on the nicks that we really haven't done too well this year and worked on what we struggled with,' short stick defensemen Ryan Izzo said. 'It was a good chance for us to look back on previous games and understand what we need to do better for the upcoming part of the season.'

The No. 12 Minutemen (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) currently are in second place in the CAA, after an 8-6 victory over Penn State earlier in the season. UMass, which has four games remaining on its schedule, is entering the roulette of conference play with the race for first wide open..."

The conclusion of Cyr's article is available on the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

ILGear.com: UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet

Inside Lacrosse contributor Casey Vock featured the UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator Helmet on ILGear.com on Wednesday, showing off its sleek, crisp white look and prominently featured Massachusetts Minuteman logo. Check it out:


Get the whole scoop on the helmet from Vock through ILGear.com. The most up-to-date information on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Mark Dixon from Inside Lacrosse completed his midseason takeways, storylines and all-America selections on Tuesday. Dixon highlights UMass senior midfielder Connor Mooney among his second team all-Americans as Mooney has been one of the sparks to the Minuteman offense with 26 points on 13 goals and as many assists through nine games.

Read the entire all-America listing on InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen is available through UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse Interviews After Win Over Hartford

UMass Athletics spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, close defenseman James Fahey and midfielder Connor Mooney after the No. 11 Minutemen defeated Hartford, 12-6 at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon to improve to 7-2 on the season. Check out what the trio had to say about the game below:

More from UMass men's lacrosse is available at UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Connor Mooney and attackman Nick Mariano after the Minutemen dispatched Hartford, 12-6. Check out Cyr's recap and what Cannella, Mooney and Mariano had to say below.

"Tied at 5-5 with three minutes, 18 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team found itself in another game that was destined to go down to the wire.

But sometimes in lacrosse, one goal is all it takes to jumpstart an offense. And on Saturday, the No. 11 Minutemen's late offensive explosion proved to be the key in their 12-6 win over Hartford.

Jeff George fired a shot at Hartford goalkeeper Frank Piechota that caught a piece of his stick and trickled out in front of the net. Then Ryan Curley - who hasn't made a huge impact on the scoresheet this season - was in the right place at the right time to give UMass the 6-5 lead.

The Minutemen never looked back, scoring six consecutive goals to quickly put the game out of reach midway through the fourth quarter."

The remainder of the recap is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse team can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Named Rising Star

Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich selected seven Division I rookies as "Rising Stars" on Friday, with Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano among those selected. Below is Kessenich's complete list:

Rising Stars
Meet the next generation of stars. Here are my impact freshmen, bright-eyed difference-makers from day one:

Zach Miller, Denver, attack -- 20 goals, 8 assists
Cole Shafer, Drexel, attack -- 16, 12
Nick Mariano, Massachusetts, attack -- 17 goals
Christian Knight, Cornell, goalie -- .595 save pct.
Matt Rambo, Maryland, attack -- 13, 4
Joe Seider, Towson, attack -- 12 goals
Brandon Burke, Colgate, goalie -- .576 save pct.

Mariano leads the Minutemen with 24 points on a team-best 19 goals to go with five assists. More on Mariano and the 6-2 start for UMass can be found here. Read more on Kessenich's mid-season report through InsideLacrosse.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Hartford Saturday

The No. 11 nationally-ranked UMass men's lacrosse program will look to bounce back from its loss at No. 19 Fairfield on Tuesday when the Minutemen host Hartford for a 1 p.m. game at Garber Field on Saturday, March 21. A preview of the matchup is available below:

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 9 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-2) vs. Hartford (4-3)
 Date | Time Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM (free)
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 10-0. Last meeting: UMass 13, Hartford 11; March 23, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Hartford
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Tickets Available through the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse At Fairfield On Tuesday

The No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team faces another top-20 squad on Tuesday afternoon when the Minutemen challenge No. 19 Fairfield at 3 p.m. in Fairfield, Conn. The meeting is the ninth in the series and the final non-conference one before the Stags join the Colonial Athletic Association as an affiliate member for the 2015 season.

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 8 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-1) at #19/RV Fairfield (4-2)
 Date | Time Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | Noon
 Location Alumni Field (4,000) | Fairfield, Conn.
 Live Statistics Sidearm Stats (goes live at gametime)
 Watch MAAC.tv (subscription required)
 Gameday Blog Link available 20 minutes before the game starts.
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History UMass leads, 7-1. Last meeting: #15 Massachusetts 12, Fairfield 6; April 21, 2009
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Fairfield Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Attend The Game Tickets available at Alumni Field.

More on the Minutemen is available to MinuteFans via UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Breakdown Of Brine Media Top-20 Poll

Quint Kessenich broke down his selections for the Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 teams on Monday and had this to say about UMass, which jumped to No. 11 after its victories over Providence on Tuesday, March 11 and at then-No. 5 Penn State on Saturday, March 15.

"Wins over Providence and Penn State have UMass back on the warpath. That's exactly what you love to see from a team after their first loss. They go back to work, make adjustments, commit to improvement and hit the reset button.

Saturday, Garber's Gorillas picked up a critical CAA win over Penn State, 8-6. Zach Oliveri made 15 stops, he is an All-America honor contender. Stats were even outside of the goalie differential. On Tuesday, Grant Whiteway found paydirt seven times in a 16-11 win over Providence. Connor Mooney chipped in seven points and a dozen different Minutemen got their name in the box score.

UMass is at Fairfield (ECAC) on March 18."

A complete list of who Kessenich voted for and where he placed them in the top-20 along with those on the cusp of joining the rankings is available on Inside Lacrosse's website. Keep up-to-date with the Minutemen through UMassAthletics.com.

Men's Lacrosse Moves Up In National Rankings

Thanks to wins over Providence and at No. 5 Penn State during the previous week, UMass men's lacrosse has jumped up in each of the three national rankings. The Minutemen are now No. 11 according to the USILA Coaches Top-20 and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll while they hold down the 13th slot in the Lacrosse Magazine rankings. Massachusetts is also No. 1 in the NEILA regional poll. Check out the three national rankings below to see what squads filled out the top-20 polls this week:

USILA Coaches Poll
Inside Lacrosse Media Poll
Lacrosse Magazine Poll

MinuteFans can keep track of the men's lacrosse program through UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Mariano Named In D1 Freshman Rankings

Terry Foy of the Inside Lacrosse staff broke down the early-season play of some of the top NCAA Division I first-year players prior to this past weekend's games and put UMass' Nick Mariano as the No. 3 freshman nationally. Check out what Foy had to say about Mariano below:

3. Nick Mariano, A, UMass (15G, 3A in 6 games)
Key to the Minutemen's somewhat surprising start, Mariano's paired well with Grant Whiteway and Connor Mooney for the 18th-most efficient offense in DI."

Foy's full list can be found through InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Globe: Billerica's Whiteway cranks up scoring for UMass

Boston Globe correspondent Peter Cappiello wrote a feature on four UMass men's lacrosse standouts who all hail from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Check out Cappiello's feature, which focuses on Grant Whiteway along with Bob Fahey, James Fahey and Matt Whippen, below:

"It wasn't the first time that Grant Whiteway had left an opponent a bit stunned.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst junior from Billerica entered Tuesday's matchup against visiting Providence with five goals for the men's lacrosse team in its 4-1 start.

After the game's final whistle, the attack walked off Garber Field with 12 on the season, after powering the Minutemen to a 16-11 victory with a seven-goal performance.

Teammate James Fahey, a former rival at St. John's Prep, recalls a Billerica Memorial High-St. John's matchup in May 2010, when Whiteway ran up 10 yards from the goal line and extended before launching a shot 180 degrees into a corner of the net..."

The completion of the story is available through the Boston Globe website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass men's lacrosse took an 8-6 game from No. 5 Penn State on the road Saturday to improve to 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in CAA games. Among the standout contributors from the squad was senior close defenseman James Fahey, who received a nod from the Inside Lacrosse for his play during their weekend round-up. Here is what Inside Lacrosse had to say about Fahey's game:

"Fahey led at close in a defensive slugfest vs. Penn State. The senior had a career-high four caused turnovers to go with three groundballs in the 8-6 win."

Fans can vote for Fahey for the Brine Player of the Week Award and read about all the Inside Lacrosse selections of those who shined here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Men's Lacrosse Interviews After Win At No. 5 Penn State

UMass men's lacrosse used a stingy defense to limit the potent No. 5 nationally-ranked Penn State attack to just six goals during an 8-6 victory in University Park, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. After the win, head coach Greg Cannella and goalie Zach Oliveri, who had 15 saves to preserve the victory, gave their thoughts on the squad's performance. Check out what they had to say below:

More on the win can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

PHOTOS: UMass Upends Penn State With Strong Defensive Effort

Inside Lacrosse photographer Andy Lewis was on-hand when the No. 14 Minutemen defeated No. 5 Penn State on the road in the CAA opener for both sides. Check out the photo gallery he compiled here and get more info on the men's lacrosse program through UMassAthletics.com.


Collegian: Men's lacrosse upsets Penn State in CAA opener

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella after the No. 14 Minutemen traveled to No. 5/7 Penn State and earned an 8-6 victory over the Nittany Lions in University Park, Pa., on Saturday afternoon. Check out what Cannella had to say about the win in Cyr's recap below:

"Going into Saturday's game, the No. 15 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team knew its matchup against preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite Penn State would be one of its biggest games of the season.

UMass responded with an 8-6 win against the No. 7 Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., behind a solid performance from goalkeeper Zach Oliveri..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass men's lacrosse defeated Providence, 16-11 at home on Garber Field to improve to 5-1 this season. Grant Whiteway produced eight points on seven goals and one assist while Connor Mooney tallied three times to go with helping out on four goals. Check out highlights of the game courtesy of the UMass Sports Network below:

More on UMass men's lacrosse is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and junior attackman Grant Whiteway following Tuesday's 16-11 win over Providence, during which Whiteway tallied a career-high seven goals to lead the team to victory. Cyr highlighted Whiteway's big day with his game wrap-up below:

"To say Grant Whiteway had a good game is an understatement.

The attackman finished with a career-high seven goals and an assist as the No. 14 Massachusetts men's lacrosse team defeated Providence 16-11 on Tuesday at Garber Field.

'It feels good,' Whiteway said of his performance. 'The offense was moving good today and I was on the receiving end of a lot of stuff. My teammates were finding me when I was open and everyone was moving off ball so it made it easy.'

Whiteway entered Tuesday's game with just five goals on the season to go along with three assists. He was the Minutemen's leading returning scorer this season after finishing his 2013 campaign with 26 goals.

Whiteway received a pass from Connor Mooney in front of the cage just two minutes, 27 seconds into the game. He snuck it past Friars goalkeeper Tyler Hines, who was pulled after the first quarter, and from that point forward the Minutemen never looked back..."

Read the conclusion of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. Keep up to date with the men's lacrosse program through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass Athletics spoke with men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and senior midfielder Connor Mooney following the 16-11 win over Providence. Check out what they had to say about the game below:

More on the victory and the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Daily Hampshire Gazette contributing writer Eugene Kucinski stopped by Garber Field to catch UMass men's lacrosse best Providence, 16-11 on Tuesday afternoon. He focused his recap of the contest on the team's ability to bounce back from its weekend loss to No. 18 Albany.

"The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team used a 10-goal second half and much-improved defense to defeat Providence, 16-11, Tuesday at Garber Field.

After giving up 25 goals at home on Saturday to Albany, the 14th-ranked Minutemen (5-1) tightened up on defense and limited the Friars (3-3) to four first-half goals.

'Our guys are prideful. Their egos were bruised a little bit,' UMass coach Greg Cannella said. "We buckled down a bit today.'

While the 11 goals allowed was an improvement on Saturday, it matched the second-most given up by the Minutemen this year.

The offense, led by Grant Whiteway, helped compensate and earned UMass the victory..."

Read the rest of Kucinski's story through the Daily Hampshire Gazette website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: Grant Whiteway's seven goals propel UMass

UMass men's lacrosse was supported in its 16-11 win over Providence by strong offensive showings from junior Grant Whiteway and senior Connor Mooney, who combined to total 15 points in the victory. Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian was at the game and wrote a recap of the action.

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse senior Connor Mooney flung a desperation shot through traffic from 15 yards out in the dying seconds of the first quarter. The buzzer to end the frame provided a soundtrack to his goal celebration. No. 14 UMass (5-1) led Providence, 6-2.

The tone was set.

UMass junior attack Grant Whiteway took advantage of the energy tilt and totaled seven goals in a 16-11 win over the Friars (3-3) on Tuesday at Garber Field. Whiteway had five goals heading into the game..."

Read the conclusion of Cappeiello's story here. More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Providence On Tuesday

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
 Game 6 #14/15 Massachusetts (4-1) vs. Providence (3-2)
 Date | Time Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 7-0. Last meeting: Massachusetts 14, Providence 6; March 15, 2011
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Providence
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Providence
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Buy Tickets Call the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

The most up-to-date information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

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..."

The conclusion of the piece can be found through the Lacrosse Magazine weekly notebook. More on the men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.

Lacrosse Magazine: Men's Lacrosse Preview vs. Albany

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.

Inside Lacrosse: UMass and Albany Collide as Polar Opposites

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..."

Check out the insightful piece by Coughlin on InsideLacrosse.com. More on the Minuteman program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Peter Cappiello of the Daily Collegian has a preview of this Saturday's men's lacrosse matchup between UMass and Albany at Garber Field.

ILGear.com: UMass Minutemen Warrior Arm Protection for 2014

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.


Here is the full scoop on the protective gear courtesy of ILGear.com contributor Casey Vock. More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

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.

Up next: vs. Albany, Saturday, 1 p.m.


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."

Keep up to date with everything UMass men's lacrosse through UMassAthletics.com here. Check out the rest of Kessenich's top-20 on InsideLacrosse.com.

Men's Lacrosse Moves Into Top-10 Nationally

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:

USILA Top-20 Poll
Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 Poll
Lacrosse Magazine Top-20 Poll

More on the Minutemen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

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.

Collegian: UMass men's lacrosse looks for revenge against Brown

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..."

Read the rest of Cyr's preview through the Daily Collegian website. ore on the men's lax squad is available through UMassAthletics.com.

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..."

Read the rest of Renner's feature story through the Daily Voice website. Fans can keep up with the men's lacrosse team through UMassAthletics.com.

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. 

Alumnus Will Manny Talks UMass Men's Lacrosse With LaxDirt.com

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.

Read the rest of Manny's thoughts on his four years with the Minutemen through LaxDirt.com here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

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..."

Read the rest of the recap on the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

Weekend Roundup Following Men's Lacrosse Win Over Harvard

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' Defense Stymies Harvard, 8-4 | Brian Foley, Inside Lacrosse
UMass Moves Up In Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20 Poll
Minutemen Appear At No. 13 In Lacrosse Magazine Top-20
Highlights: UMass Defeats Harvard In Home-Opener
Photo Gallery: Thom Kendall, UMass Athletics
Second half surge leads UMass men's lacrosse over Harvard | Andrew Cyr, Daily Collegian
UMass men's lacrosse continues hot start, downs Harvard 8-4 in home opener | Dan Malone, Springfield Republican

VIDEO: Interviews From Men's Lacrosse Win Over Harvard

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:

More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Preview Of Men's Lacrosse Game Against Harvard

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
 Game 3 #14/15 Massachusetts (2-0) vs. [RV/-] Harvard (0-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 31-13. Last meeting: #5 Massachusetts 8, Harvard 6; Feb, 23, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Harvard
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Harvard
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Buy Tickets Call the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass lax preps for match with reshaped Harvard


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..."


Read the rest of Cappiello's story through the Daily Collegian website here. More on the men's lacrosse squad can be found on 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.


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:

For more on the men's lacrosse team check out UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Highlights From UMass-Ohio State

Inside Lacrosse was at the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic and caught the action as UMass men's lacrosse defeated No. 14/9 Ohio State, 12-11 in overtime on a Nick Mariano goal with 7.9 seconds left in the extra period. Check out the highlight package they put together below:

More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com here.

Men's Lacrosse Enters USILA, Inside Lacrosse Top-20 Polls


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:

Massachusetts ranked 14th by USILA Coaches Poll
Minutemen move up to 15th in Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20

More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

NBC Sports Highlights From Men's Lacrosse Win Over Ohio State

In a dramatic overtime finish, the Minutemen knocked off No. 9 Ohio State on Sunday at the Moe's Southwest Lacrosse Classic. The game was nationally televised on NBC Sports.

Men's Lacrosse Postgame Interviews After Win Over #14 Ohio State

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:

More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass lax heads to Florida for contest with OSU


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.

But this is no vacation..."


Read the entirety of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.


VIDEO: Preview of Men's Lacrosse Vs. Ohio State

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: UMass-Army Men's Lacrosse Highlights

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: UMass Minutemen Warrior Regulator 2 Glove


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.



Here is the full scoop on the glove courtesy of ILGear.com contributor Casey Vock. More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com.


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..."


Read the entirety of Cappiello's story on the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.


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:


"University of 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..."


Read the entire story on the Daily Hampshire Gazette website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

UMass Sports Network: Men's Lacrosse Season Preview


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.




More on the men's lacrosse team is available through
UMassAthletics.com.



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..."


Read the conclusion of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.



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....

The conclusion of the story is available on the Daily Collegian website. Follow along with the men's lacrosse program as it begins the 2014 season at Army on Saturday through UMassAthletics.com.


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...

Read the conclusion of Cappiello's story through the Daily Collegian website. UMass men's lacrosse begins its season at Army on Saturday, Feb. 8. For more information on the team, visit UMassAthletics.com.

Lacrosse Magazine: Leveille On U.S. National Team 30-Man Roster


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."

Read McLaughlin's full write-up on Lacrosse Magainze's website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found here.

Lacrosse All-Stars: Men's Lacrosse Season Preview


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 finish.

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..."


Read Wilson's preview on LacrosseAllStars.com here. More information on the men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.


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.

Inside Lacrosse: UMass Season preview


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.

Read Shannon's preview on InsideLacrosse.com here. More information on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.


Men's Lacrosse: Manny Mentioned In MLL 2013 Draft Review


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).

Check out the four previewed faceoff specialists, including Calvello, and more pre-draft coverage on Major League Lacrosse's website here. More information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.



2014 Men's Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook: CAA Rankings, Outlook


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.

Check out the entire release on InsideLacrosse.com here. More information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through the UMassAthletics.com website.
 

Inside Lacrosse: Homewood Scrimmage Photos

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.

Men's Lacrosse Partners With Vs. Cancer Foundation

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
Boyden Building
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."

More information on Northwestern women's lacrosse, including the entire announcement, is available here. Fans of UMass can stay up-to-date with the Minutemen and Minutewomen through the official UMass Athletic Department website.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (Aug. 7)

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.

Boston Cannons Rookie Spotlight: Will Manny

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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 immediate impact.

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.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (June 26)

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.

Diogo Godoi (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.

Men's Lacrosse Alum Will Manny Named MLL Rookie of the Week

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.

Pro sports a Tripucka family tradition

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.

Jake 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.
Read the full article here.

Minutemen In Major League Lacrosse Update (June 3)

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.

Will Manny (2009-12), playing in his first professional contest, earned one goal for the Boston Cannons against Denver while scooping up a pair of groundballs.

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.

Diogo Godoi (2006-10) helped out the Ohio defensive effort against Rochester with a two groundballs scooped up. Godoi has totaled four groundballs in five appearances this season, his fourth in the MLL since graduating for UMass.

Other Minutemen competing in Major League Lacrosse this season include Anthony Biscardi (2009-12), Tom Celentani (2009-12), Brett Garber (2004-07), Tim McCormack (2008-12), Mark Millon (1990-93), Jack Reid (2003-06) and Jake Smith (2010-13).

Men's Lacrosse Heads To CAA Tournament

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.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian checked in with the Minutemen after their berth was secured, recapping how UMass got to the CAA Tournament.

Recaps: UMass Wins Senior Night Contest With Delaware, 16-8

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:

Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette highlighted the connection between Smith and Manny on the field during the contest during his review of play.

Brian Foley with Inside Lacrosse provided game blog to give play-by-play action throughout the contest and caught up with a few of the Minutemen after for postgame interviews.

Nick Canelas of the Daily Collegian highlighted the overall success of the offense against the Delaware defensive effort.
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 each eye.

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 fall.

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 go.

Continue reading the story on Kyle, his family ties to the sport and the Smith's history with UMass lacrosse here.


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
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.



Cannons Player Spotlight: Tom Celentani
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).

Matt Whippen Tallies Two Weekly Awards For #12 Men's Lacrosse

UMass junior midfielder Matt Whippen earned a pair of weekly laurels after posting five goals and an assist in UMass' 16-9 season-opening victory over Army on Sunday afternoon - securing the CAA Player of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday. The awards mark the first for Whippen in his collegiate career.

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.

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).

Men's Lacrosse Has Three Drafted By MLL

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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:

Boston Cannons draft roundup
Ohio Machine draft roundup
Inside Lacrosse's team-by-team draft grades
BostonLax.com: Local flavor prevalent in MLL Draft
Daily Collegian: Three former Minutemen taken 2013 MLL Draft

The Minutemen start their 2013 campaign and CAA regular season and tournament defense at home on Garber Field against Army at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.
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.

UMass has begun new era of national relevance

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Stephen Sellner of the Daily Collegian has an article on the excitement surrounding the athletics program.


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.

12. UMass (15-1)

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%)

Three Questions:

  • 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.

Anthony Biscardi Featured In Ohio Machine Q&A

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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.



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