Inside Lacrosse staff writer Matt Kinnear stopped by Amherst, Mass., and visited a UMass men's lacrosse practice to catch some fall ball preparations. Check out Kinnear's report regarding the Minutemen below:
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Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian highlighted the production of the freshman class with a recent article as the youngest Minutemen have played an integral role in the team's successes during the 2014 season.
"When you look at the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, it's nearly impossible to overlook the production the freshmen class has brought to the table this year.
Whether it's been Nick Mariano and his team high 26 goals, good for second amongst freshmen in the NCAA, Grant Consoletti, who's started in all 11 games he's played in, or Aaron Madaisky, the 6 feet 7 inch long stick midfielder that is tied for the tallest player in the country, the freshmen always seem to make big plays when the game is on the line.
'They've all been pretty solid,' said coach Greg Cannella. 'I think we are in the situation we are in because we might have relied on them a little too much. As a coach you never really want to count on five or six freshmen on your team.'
Cannella added that while it's great to have two or three complimentary freshmen, it's a hard transition not only with the games, but with school as well..."The conclusion of the story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen is available on UMassAthletics.com.
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.
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
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.