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PREVIEW: Men's Lacrosse Hosts Towson On Saturday

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.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 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 Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Towson Get Acrobat Reader
 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.

Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian staff spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, senior midfielder Matt Whippen and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri as the UMass men's lacrosse prepares to face Towson at home on Saturday, April 5. Read his preview ahead of the contest below.

"It's crunch time for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team.

With only four games remaining on its schedule, No. 12 UMass (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) looks to make one final push toward having the CAA championship come through Amherst.

However, the Minutemen aren't looking that far down the road just yet. Instead they are focusing all of their attention to Saturday's matchup against Towson after a 14-day layover between games.

'It's been a while since we've played,' senior Matt Whippen said. 'These past two weeks we took a step back to focus on our individual skills, but now we are getting ready for Towson because they're going to be a good team (and) ready to play us.'

The Tigers (7-3, 1-1 CAA) are one game behind UMass in the standings, so Saturday's game has the potential to shake up the landscape in the CAA..."

More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found here. The conclusion of Cyr's preview is available on the Daily Collegian website.

Globe: Billerica's Whiteway cranks up scoring for UMass

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..."

The completion of the story is available through the Boston Globe website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

PHOTOS: UMass Upends Penn State With Strong Defensive Effort

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.


Collegian: UMass men's lacrosse looks for revenge against Brown

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..."

Read the rest of Cyr's preview through the Daily Collegian website. ore on the men's lax squad is available through UMassAthletics.com.

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..."

Read the rest of the recap on the Daily Collegian website. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

VIDEO: Preview Of Men's Lacrosse Game Against Harvard

UMass men's lacrosse hosts its first home game of the 2014 season when Harvard visits Garber Field for a Saturday, Feb. 22 contest beginning at 1 p.m. Get all your game information below, including a video preview featuring head coach Greg Cannella and senior midfielder Matt Whippen.

  Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 3 #14/15 Massachusetts (2-0) vs. [RV/-] Harvard (0-0)
 Date | Time Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Watch CBS All-Access (subscription required)
 Listen WMUA 91.1 FM
 Series History Massachusetts leads, 31-13. Last meeting: #5 Massachusetts 8, Harvard 6; Feb, 23, 2013
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Harvard
 Team Records Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Harvard
 Social Media @UMassAthletics   | @UMassMLacrosse  
 Buy Tickets Call the UMass Athletics Ticket Office at 866-862-7784

More on the men's lacrosse program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: UMass lax preps for match with reshaped Harvard


Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Matt Whippen, goalie Zach Oliveri and attackman Nick Mariano to preview the home-opening game against Harvard on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The Minutemen have won both of their games this year but face a tough test in the Crimson squad that looks to open its 2014 season strong at Garber Field.
 

"Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano has totaled six goals between his first two collegiate games, both wins for UMass (2-0). The attacker was also named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week and Co-Rookie of the Week on Monday.

But as far as Chris Wojcik, the coach of Harvard--the Minutemen's opponent on Saturday--is concerned, Mariano is simply playing to his ability. Wojcik, entering his fourth season with the Crimson, scouted the teen at Yorktown High School in Mohegan Lake, N.Y., during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

He said that Mariano's capability to have multi-goal games at the Division I level is a threat that Harvard will look to stop in its season opener. The Crimson will also utilize Devin Dwyer (43 points) and Peter Schwartz (34 points), their top returning scorers..."


Read the rest of Cappiello's story through the Daily Collegian website here. More on the men's lacrosse squad can be found on UMassAthletics.com.


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:

For more on the men's lacrosse team check out UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: Highlights From UMass-Ohio State

Inside Lacrosse was at the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic and caught the action as UMass men's lacrosse defeated No. 14/9 Ohio State, 12-11 in overtime on a Nick Mariano goal with 7.9 seconds left in the extra period. Check out the highlight package they put together below:

More on the men's lacrosse program is available through UMassAthletics.com here.

Men's Lacrosse Postgame Interviews After Win Over #14 Ohio State

UMass men's lacrosse traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to participate in the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic and took a thrilling game from No. 14/9 nationally-ranked Ohio State in overtime, 12-11. Nick Mariano used the last of his four goals to secure the victory with 7.9 seconds left on the scoreboard clock at EverBank Field. Matt Whippen added three goals and an assist for four points while Jeff George notched two tallies. Zach Oliveri made 13 saves in goal and Joe Calvello won 19 of his 28 faceoffs. Hear head coach Greg Cannella, Mariano and Calvello's thoughts on the game and UMass' performance against the Buckeyes below:

More on the men's lacrosse program is available 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..."


Read the conclusion of Cyr's story through the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.


Lacrosse All-Stars: Men's Lacrosse Season Preview


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.


Photographer J. Anthony Roberts stopped by the UMass men's lacrosse scrimmage against St. John's to snap some photos for the Springfield Republican. Check out the full gallery he put together here. More information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Inside Lacrosse: UMass Season preview


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.


Inside Lacrosse: Homewood Scrimmage Photos

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.

Men's Lacrosse Coverage From The Contest At Harvard

UMass men's lacrosse moved to 3-0 on the season with an 8-6 victory at Harvard on Saturday. Matt Whippen led the team with a pair of goals while six additional Minutemen notched a tally each as the squad used a balanced attack to earn the win. Zachary Oliveri, the CAA Co-Rookie of the Week, had eight saves in net while the team defense held Harvard to just 23 shots. Below are a few links related to coverage of the contest:
  • Brian Foley was also at the contest and had a recap of play for Inside Lacrosse as part of the organization's "On The Scene" report.

Matt Whippen Tallies Two Weekly Awards For #12 Men's Lacrosse

UMass junior midfielder Matt Whippen earned a pair of weekly laurels after posting five goals and an assist in UMass' 16-9 season-opening victory over Army on Sunday afternoon - securing the CAA Player of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday. The awards mark the first for Whippen in his collegiate career.

During play against the Black Knights, Whippen notched his first collegiate point with the first Minuteman goal and went on to add three more during the decisive second and third quarters. After the teams tied at 4-4 through the first stanza, Whippen spearheaded the UMass offense with a trio of goals during the middle portion of the contest, in which the Minutemen built a 13-8 lead entering the final frame. The Chelmsford, Mass., native went on to add one more tally in the fourth before assisting Kyle Smith on the contest's final goal.

The Minutemen continue their season with a neutral-site contest at Kennesaw State University's KSU Stadium against No. 4 North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

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