The UMass Sports Network traveled to Fairfield, Conn., to capture the sights and sounds of the men's lacrosse victory over Fairfield Thursday evening. Check out how the Minutemen won their 9-8 decision from the Stags and what head coach Greg Cannella, redshirt-junior goalie Zach Oliveri and sophomore attackman Brendan Hegarty had to say after the game:
Keep track of the Minutemen as the face Towson on Saturday, May 2 with the CAA Championship and a bid to the NCAA Tournament up for grabs through UMassAthletics.com.
Inside Lacrosse photographer Greg Vasil was sideline at Rafferty Stadium for the UMass men's lacrosse 9-8 victory over top-seed and tournament host Fairfield on Thursday evening. Check out a gallery of Vasil's photos chronicling the upset victory:
UMass men's lacrosse is on a three-game winning streak with victories over Quinnipiac, Penn State and Hofstra in that order. Mark Dixon highlighted the streak in his weekly "takeaways" column. Here is Dixon's take on the recent success:
What's Happened: UMass won third in a row Takeaway: The Minutemen had a tough start to the 2015 season, starting out 0-5 against a tough, robust schedule in Army, North Carolina, Harvard, Brown, and Albany. Since the loss to the Great Danes, UMass has rattled off three straight Ws, the latest a tough CAA road win over Hofstra by a count of 9-7. Defensively UMass overcame 11 penalties to earn the victory. Goalie Zach Oliveri led the effort, making 13 saves. Oliveri, a Long Island native, was playing his first game in his home territory since the passing of his father in late 2014. His emotion and effort was a game changer. Offensively Nick Mariano continues to excel and build on his outstanding freshman campaign. He is one of the best players you have never heard of. It looks like the season is back on track in Amherst.
UMass men's lacrosse defeated Penn State, 12-8, Saturday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium on the strength of defensive dominance in the second half and five points from Nick Mariano. Check out highlights of the game below:
Anthony Chuisano of the Daily Collegian staff caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella, senior Andrew Sokol and sophomore Nick Mariano after the win over Penn State. Read about the contest and how the Minutemen earned the win:
UMass men's lacrosse received five-point performances from Peter Lindley and Nick Mariano as 16 Minutemen recorded at least one point in the 18-5 victory over Quinnipiac Tuesday. Check out highlights of the win from the UMass Sports Network below:
Jason Kates recapped the 18-5 UMass men's lacrosse victory over Quinnipiac for the Daily Collegian. The contest featured strong distribution on attack and a disruptive defensive performance. Read Kates' recap:
For the Daily Collegian spring sports edition, staff reporter Anthony Chiusano spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, sophomore Nick Mariano and Tom Mariano, Nick's older brother, for a story on the attackman from Yorktown, New York, covering his decision to attend UMass, his freshman year success with the Minutemen and how the squad is working to rebound from a tough finish to the 2014 season.
One telling quote from Nick about how the team is approaching 2015:
"All the work you put in is what you get in return."
The UMass men's lacrosse team stats its 2015 season with a 1 p.m. game at McGuirk Stadium against No. 20/20 Army on Saturday, Feb. 7. Daily Hampshire Gazette reporter Matt Vautour spoke with head coach Greg Cannella ahead of the contest to preview the season.
The UMass Sports Network (@UMassSportsNet) put together a 2015 season preview for the men's lacrosse program, which starts it campaign at McGuirk Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. Take a look below to get caught up on the Minutemen ahead of their first game of the year:
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:
Former UMass men's lacrosse all-American Anthony Biscardi (2009-12) and rising-sophomore Nick Mariano were named to the 2014 Vail Shootout All-Tournament Team after they helped lead their squad, On The Hop Nation/Lacrossewear, to the Vail Lacrosse Shootout Men's Elite Championship.
Biscardi and Mariano, both playing attack during the title game, combined for five goals to help their team earn a 12-8 win to secure the championship.
Nick Mariano of the UMass men's lacrosse team was named among the top rookie in NCAA Division I by Inside Lacrosse on Friday, taking the No. 14 spot in the final freshman rankings. The first-year attackman led all NCAA Division I rookies in goals per game with 2.23 as he scored 29 during 13 games. Mariano also paced the Minutemen in points with 39 while he also provided 25 groundballs and five caused turnovers.
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian highlighted the production of the freshman class with a recent article as the youngest Minutemen have played an integral role in the team's successes during the 2014 season.
"When you look at the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, it's nearly impossible to overlook the production the freshmen class has brought to the table this year.
Whether it's been Nick Mariano and his team high 26 goals, good for second amongst freshmen in the NCAA, Grant Consoletti, who's started in all 11 games he's played in, or Aaron Madaisky, the 6 feet 7 inch long stick midfielder that is tied for the tallest player in the country, the freshmen always seem to make big plays when the game is on the line.
'They've all been pretty solid,' said coach Greg Cannella. 'I think we are in the situation we are in because we might have relied on them a little too much. As a coach you never really want to count on five or six freshmen on your team.'
Cannella added that while it's great to have two or three complimentary freshmen, it's a hard transition not only with the games, but with school as well..."
Inside Lacrosse contributor Terry Foy compiled a list of the top freshmen from around Division I men's lacrosse recently and named UMass attackman Nick Mariano among them. Mariano has provided 32 points, tied for the team lead, on 25 goals and seven assists through 11 games this season.
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:
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)
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."
Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich selected seven Division I rookies as "Rising Stars" on Friday, with Massachusetts men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano among those selected. Below is Kessenich's complete list:
Meet the next generation of stars. Here are my impact freshmen, bright-eyed difference-makers from day one:
Zach Miller, Denver, attack -- 20 goals, 8 assists
Cole Shafer, Drexel, attack -- 16, 12 Nick Mariano, Massachusetts, attack -- 17 goals
Christian Knight, Cornell, goalie -- .595 save pct.
Matt Rambo, Maryland, attack -- 13, 4
Joe Seider, Towson, attack -- 12 goals
Brandon Burke, Colgate, goalie -- .576 save pct.
Mariano leads the Minutemen with 24 points on a team-best 19 goals to go with five assists. More on Mariano and the 6-2 start for UMass can be found here. Read more on Kessenich's mid-season report through InsideLacrosse.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."
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..."
Lacrosse Magazine writer Gary Lambrecht caught up with UMass men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella to discuss the 4-0 start to the season and what has led the Minutemen to their four consecutive victories. Check out what Lambrecht has to say about UMass:
"The Minutemen of UMass have grown accustomed to good starts under 20-year coach Greg Cannella. For the third time in the past four years and for the 12th time overall, UMass is 4-0. What makes it notable this year is it's happening around a youth movement in Amherst.
There are five seniors and two redshirt juniors on the roster. Twenty-four of the team's 37 players are freshman and sophomores. The impact underclassmen are all over the place.
'It's been refreshing to coach such a hungry group that wants to do more and know more,' Cannella said..."
Lacrosse Magazine previewed Saturday's UMass men's lacrosse meeting with Albany as part of its Ten-2-Watch weekly series. Check out what the Lax Mag staff had to say about the game below:
"The Great Danes lost their first two games of the season, to Syracuse and Drexel, by a total of two goals and beat Harvard 14-8 for their first win last Saturday. The Thompson-led offense will be put to the test against a UMass defense that's allowed just 5.5 goals per game. Miles and Lyle Thompson share the team lead for points with 18; Lyle with six goals and 12 assists and Miles with 13 goals and five assists.
UMass has a freshman to watch in attackman Nick Mariano, who has 14 goals in four games. He scored back-to-back goals in the Minutemen's 6-5 win at Army and four goals, including the game-winner with seven seconds left in overtime, to lead UMass past Ohio State, a win that vaulted it into the Lacrosse Magazine Top 20. The Minutemen also feature former U.S. under-19 men's team goalie Zach Oliveri in net. A win here could help UMass' NCAA at-large tournament case should it miss out on winning the CAA."
More from Lacrosse Magazine's Ten-2-Watch series can be found here. The most up-to-the-minute information on the men's lacrosse team can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Inside Lacrosse contributor Quint Kessenich highlighted a few keys to UMass men's lacrosse's 15-2 win over Brown while recapping his top-20 national rankings on Monday. Check out what Kessenich saw as some of the reasons for the victory below:
"Nick Mariano, welcome to the big show. The freshman scored five times in an eye-popping 15-2 win over Brown. UMass forced 17 Bear turnovers, and goalie Zach Oliveri made 10 saves. Garber's Gorillas have wins over Army, Ohio State, Harvard and Brown."
Mariano is simply on fire at this point. He scored five goals and one assist in UMass' 15-2 romp over Brown (photos here). He's on the short list for Rookie of the Year, and is leading the Minutemen's resurgence with 15 points through four games.
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..."
Tom Renner from the Daily Voice spoke with UMass men's lacrosse freshman Nick Mariano to discuss Mariano's immediate impact with the Minutemen, as the Yorktown, N.Y., native has nine goals through three games.
"Yorktown's Nick Mariano just wanted to contribute as an incoming freshman for the powerful lacrosse team at the University of Massachusetts. He has, and in a big way.
Mariano has nine goals in UMass' first three games and earned Player of the Week and co-Rookie of the Week honors from the Colonial Athletic Association.
The freshman attack's early success has helped UMass spurt to a 3-0 start, including a win over No. 14 Ohio State. Mariano scored the game-winning goal in overtime and had three goals in the contest.
'I wanted to come into the season with an open mind,'' Mariano said. 'I just wanted to go out and play and have fun and just contribute for the team. I prepare myself the right way every week. I go into the game with confidence, and that's been a big help.'
Mariano came from the powerful program at Yorktown High School, where he was four-year letterwinner under head coach Dave Marr. He helped Yorktown win three sectional titles, and led Section 1 with 63 goals and 48 assists as a senior, earning All-America honors..."
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 men's lacrosse head coach Greg Cannella and attackman Nick Mariano spoke to members of the media following the 8-4 home-opening victory over Harvard. Check out what they had to say about the win below:
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..."
The Inside Lacrosse staff named its winners and losers from last week, and highlighted the success of the Minutemen among its 'winners' for the squad's performance through two weeks of the season. Geoff Shannon pointed out the success of the UMass freshman class, especially during the 12-11 defeat of No. 14/9 Ohio State in overtime, while Xanders tabbed the entire team as his 'winner' this week following the 2-0 start, which also includes a 6-5 victory at Army in the season-opener. Below are excerpts from the article covering the Minutemen:
Geoff Shannon (@Geoff_Shannon)
UMass Freshmen -- Minuteman coach Greg Cannella really
is a master at recruiting and player development. Freshmen played huge
roles in UMass' victory over a then-top 10 Ohio State team. Frosh
attackman Nick Mariano continues to live up to his IL top 10
attackman ranking scoring four goals, including the game-winner that he
racked up on a beautiful dodge from X to left GLE. British Columbia
native Aaron Madaisky, who stands at a monster 6-foot-7, 225 pounds, and
rookie Culver (Ind.) recruit Austin Spencer both played LSM and helped
hold OSU's midfield star Jesse King to one assist. New Jersey freshman
middie Jeff George also notched two goals. After a focused fall, UMass
starts 2014 2-0, enters the Top 20 rankings this week, and suddenly
looks like a major threat for a CAA title run. Gorilla Ball rolls on.
Ty Xanders (@TyXanders)
UMass -- What better way to make a statement than to
knock off a preseason top 10 team in overtime on national TV? Coming off
of a 7-8 season and graduating Will Manny, I would have picked the
Minutemen as underdogs in both of their games this season, so the fact
that they could beat both Army and Ohio State to open the year says a
lot about their chances about making a run to the NCAA tournament this
spring. I loved the way Greg Cannella's heady, youth ridden team played
with confidence and toughness, using a four-goal outing from sensational
freshman attackman Nick Mariano (including the game-winner in OT) to
give them a 12-11 win over the Buckeyes. UMass has some rest before
playing Harvard, Brown and Albany between now and March 8, but I'm
excited to see how they fare during that stretch.
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:
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:
UMass men's lacrosse takes a break from the weather in New England to take a trip to Jacksonville, Fla., to face Ohio State as part of the Moe's Southwest Grill Classic, hosted on Sunday, Feb. 16 at EverBank Field. The game will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network beginning at 9:15 p.m. Daily Collegian staff writer Andrew Cyr spoke with head coach Greg Cannella, midfielder Aaron Madaisky and attackman Nick Mariano to preview to event.
"Spring sports in the Northeast aren't always pleasant to deal with.
With temperatures still in the teens and snowfall constantly on the
horizon, it's difficult for coaches to plan their practice schedules.
Luckily for the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, a weekend trip to
Florida is just what the Minutemen need to escape the harsh playing
conditions of New England.
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..."
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..."
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..."
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.