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Inside Lacrosse: UMass' Greg Rushing Highlighted As "Glue Guy"

Inside Lacrosse columnist Peter Lasagna caught up with a whole bunch of NCAA Division I head coaches, including UMass' Greg Cannella, to discuss the importance of "Glue Guys." Here was Cannella's take on the players that make the team go and don't necessarily see the accolades that should correspond with their successes:

"Greg Cannella considers the prototypical "glue guys" those that receive few accolades. For the coach who leads UMass lacrosse in NCAA Tournament wins, these are 'your hardest workers, selfless, fearless leaders, ultimate team players who never fear failure.' They understand how to deal with consequences and know that their ability to convey this lesson creates team-wide trust.

"In a program history filled with an abundance of worthy candidates, Cannella regards Greg Rushing '12 as one of the Minutemen's finest. Rushing came from Fort Collins, Colo., as a face-off specialist. He developed into a 'GB machine,' outstanding on face-off wings and in the defensive midfield. Cannella remembers, 'He hit harder than anyone his size I've ever coached... [He didn't] care who you were, where you came from or how big you were -- he wanted to kick your ass.' This brand of relentless effort 'kept his teammates accountable, created bonds of trust that could never be broken.' Rushing elevated having a teammate's back above all other stat categories."

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Daily Collegian Notebook On Men's Lacrosse

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The Daily Collegian has a notebook on the men's lacrosse team: Rushing sidelined, UMass drops in national rankings. Stephen Sellner touches on Greg Rushing being out of the lineup after being diagnosed with mono, the team's stats leaders as well as the squad's latest rankings in the polls.

UMass returns to action next Tuesday, March 29 at Harvard.

Happy Birthday: Dec. 30 - Millie Niggeling, Greg Rushing

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Our last UMass student-athlete birthdays for the year come on Dec. 30. Wishing Happy Birthdays to women's basketball freshman Millie Niggeling and men's lacrosse junior Greg Rushing.

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