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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.

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