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Inside Lacrosse: UMass Fall Ball All-Access

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:

Fall All-Access: UMass | Matt Kinnear, Inside Lacrosse

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..."

The conclusion of the story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More on the Minutemen can be found on UMassAthletics.com.

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.

Collegian: UMass men's lacrosse embraces extended time off

UMass men's lacrosse focused on improving the basics that have helped the team open the season with seven wins through nine games, writes Daily Collegian staff reporter Andrew Cyr.

"Rest is something that's often hard to come by in the middle of a lacrosse season.

But the Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, which is in the midst of a 14-day layover, has made the most of the time to improve and reflect on the season thus far.

'We got to focus on the nicks that we really haven't done too well this year and worked on what we struggled with,' short stick defensemen Ryan Izzo said. 'It was a good chance for us to look back on previous games and understand what we need to do better for the upcoming part of the season.'

The No. 12 Minutemen (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) currently are in second place in the CAA, after an 8-6 victory over Penn State earlier in the season. UMass, which has four games remaining on its schedule, is entering the roulette of conference play with the race for first wide open..."

The conclusion of Cyr's article is available on the Daily Collegian website. More on the men's lacrosse program 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.


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.

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

VIDEO: Interviews From Men's Lacrosse Win Over Harvard

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:

More on the men's lacrosse program 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.

Lax.com: UMass-Army Men's Lacrosse Highlights

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.


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.



Daily Collegian reporter Peter Cappiello focused a recent feature story on the emergence of UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-junior midfielder Ryan Izzo as a leader on the Minutemen. Izzo suffered an ACL injury as a freshman in 2011 but has recovered from the setback to become an all-conference and all-region standout.

"Ryan Izzo ran a toss sweep from the 23-yard line to the short side of the field against Weymouth on Thanksgiving Day, 2009. He cut back across the gridiron with five minutes to play, then broke a few tackles up the middle, bound for the right pylon. Touchdown, 77 yards. It was the final play of his high school football career.

A senior fullback at Walpole High School, Izzo set the Massachusetts career points record at 722, and his 6,316 rushing yards were good for No. 2 in the record books. But he never received a Division I football offer. Izzo instead audibled to lacrosse, a sport he's played since fourth grade. His first choice? The University of Massachusetts...

Read the conclusion of Cappiello's story through the Daily Collegian website. UMass men's lacrosse begins its season at Army on Saturday, Feb. 8. For more information on the team, visit 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.

2014 Men's Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook: CAA Rankings, Outlook


Inside Lacrosse released its 2013 Face-Off Yearbook preview for the Colonial Athletic Association on the organization's website with two Minutemen earning praise via the Coaches' Preseason All-Conference listing. Senior faceoff specialist and Joe Calvello and midfielder Ryan Izzo were tabbed on the preseason all-conference team while the Minutemen were picked to tie for fourth in the league with Hofstra.

Check out the entire release on InsideLacrosse.com here. More information on UMass men's lacrosse can be found through the UMassAthletics.com website.
 

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