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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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..."
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:
More on the men's lacrosse program is available on UMassAthletics.com.
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.|
|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 | Towson|
|Team Records||Massachusetts | Towson|
|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.
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.
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."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
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..."
UMass men's lacrosse secured its third win of the season in as many games played with an 8-4 home-opening victory over Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 22. Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian was at the game and has a recap encompassing the win for MinuteFans.
"With two minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Matt Whippen fired a shot that deflected off of Harvard goalkeeper Jake Gambitsky in front of the net. Nick Mariano, like he has been all year, was in the right place at the right time to scoop up the ground ball and find the back of the net, breaking a 3-3 tie.
Mariano's goal started a chain reaction of offense for the Minutemen, who scored five goals in the final 17 minutes of the game in an 8-4 win against Harvard on Saturday at Garber Field.
'It was a scrappy goal that was just sitting on the crease,' Mariano said. 'I just picked it up and finished it and you could see the whole crowed go crazy and our team got an extra lift from it.'
Mariano scored three goals for his second hat trick in just three career games. His nine goals are by far the most on the UMass roster, and currently is tied for seventh in the country for total goals scored..."
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team continued its strong start to the 2014 season with an 8-4 win over Harvard to improve to 3-0. The Minutemen continued their "offense-by-committee" approach as six different players recorded at least one goal while eight in total notched at least one point. Below are links for updated national rankings, photo galleries, game stories and more:
UMass' 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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.