A pair of UMass men's lacrosse alumni were active during the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All Star Game on Monday, May 26, as James Fahey and Connor Mooney competed for the North Team in its narrow defeat, 17-16 at the hands of the South Team.
North Team struck to a 4-0 lead, with Mooney assisting on the second goal of the game. South Team answered with six consecutive goals, but the North responded with two to tie it at 6-6 as Fahey scored to even it.
After the South Team scored three of the following four goals to strike for a 9-7 lead, Mooney found the back of the cage for the first time on the day to pull his side within 9-8.
Mooney went on to tally back-to-back goals during the third quarter to help the North Team erase an 11-9 deficit. However, after the squads entered the break before the fourth quarter tied at 12-12, the South Team produced five goals while only allowing four to earn the victory.
Mooney finished with four points on three goals and an assist - tied for the most points on the squad. He also scooped up two groundballs, caused a turnover and won one faceoff.
Fahey nothced his goal along with one caused turnover and a groundball.
Complete statistics from the contest are available in a PDF here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
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
[RV]/#20 Massachusetts (7-4, 1-2 CAA) vs. #12/11 Hofstra (9-3, 3-0)
"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 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
#11/12 Massachusetts (7-2, 1-0) vs. [RV/RV] Towson (7-3, 1-1)
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.
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:
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."
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."
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..."
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..."
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.
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..."
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:
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:
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.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette spoke with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella to preview the 2014 season, which begins Saturday at Army with an 11 a.m. game. Check out Vautour's preview and what Cannella had to say about the squad:
Massachusetts men's lacrosse coach Greg Cannella admitted he was curious
to see how his team plays when it opens the season against Army,
Saturday at 11 a.m. at Michie Stadium, in West Point, N.Y.
'We're looking all
right. We'll find out a little bit more (Saturday). When adversity hits,
you find out what they're all about,' Cannella said. 'They've been a
good group to coach so far. They've worked hard. We've prodded them to
work even harder and challenge themselves.'
The Minutemen will be playing a lot of new faces, while some of the returning players will be in significantly increased rolls..."
UMass Spots Network caught up with men's lacrosse head coach Greg
Cannella, senior attackman and midfielder Connor
Mooney and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach
Oliveri to preview the 2014 season, which
begins on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Army. MinuteFans can watch the season preview
video through the UMass Athletics YouTube page embedded below.
Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr put together a story discussing the UMass men's lacrosse team's mentality entering 2014 as the squad embraces its status as an underdog in the battle for the CAA Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"It's been a while since the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has
been an afterthought in the Colonial Athletic Conference and the NCAA.
But coming off their first losing season since 2008, the Minutemen
enter 2014 unranked in the NCAA national rankings, and predicted to
finished fourth in the CAA preseason coaches poll.
The departures of Kyle Smith and Will Manny, the team's top two scorers from a season ago, don't help the cause either.
"This is the first time in a long time we're going to be the underdog
in almost every game we play," said UMass coach Greg Cannella, who is
returning for his 20th season in Amherst. "But sometimes the underdog
role is a good place to be in."
In fact, the underdog role is something the Minutemen embrace. And
with their sights set on bouncing back from a disappointing season,
preseason polls are the least of their concerns..."
LacrosseAllStars.com completed a season preview for UMass men's lacrosse recently, covering what has changed and who could step up for the squad in 2014. Author Connor Wilson took a look at the upcoming schedule and players who could be key to success for the Minutemen this coming season.
"UMass went 7-8 in 2013 after a superb 2012, which has seen the program
go 15-1. UMass started 2013 out right with 3 wins, especially as one of
them was a 12-11 win over then #1 UNC. An OT loss to Brown and three
straight losses to Top 20 teams put UMass at 3-4, but wins over Lehigh
and Hartford got the Minutemen back on track and playing with a winning
record. Three straight losses (two to Top 20 teams), two wins and a loss
to finish up there year gave UMass a 7-8 mark, and a disappointing
2014 should see UMass with a similar strength of schedule. Some
opponents have been changed out, but UMass has retained a challenging
but winnable slate of games. Early games with Army, Brown, Harvard, Ohio
State, and Albany will tell us a lot about where UMass sits, but let's
try to figure some of this out before they open the season with the Army
Black Knights on February 9th..."
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.
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.