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A pair of UMass men's lacrosse alumni were active during the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association North-South All Star Game on Monday, May 26, as James Fahey and Connor Mooney competed for the North Team in its narrow defeat, 17-16 at the hands of the South Team.

North Team struck to a 4-0 lead, with Mooney assisting on the second goal of the game. South Team answered with six consecutive goals, but the North responded with two to tie it at 6-6 as Fahey scored to even it.

After the South Team scored three of the following four goals to strike for a 9-7 lead, Mooney found the back of the cage for the first time on the day to pull his side within 9-8.

Mooney went on to tally back-to-back goals during the third quarter to help the North Team erase an 11-9 deficit. However, after the squads entered the break before the fourth quarter tied at 12-12, the South Team produced five goals while only allowing four to earn the victory.

Mooney finished with four points on three goals and an assist - tied for the most points on the squad. He also scooped up two groundballs, caused a turnover and won one faceoff.

Fahey nothced his goal along with one caused turnover and a groundball.

Complete statistics from the contest are available in a PDF here. More on UMass men's lacrosse can be found 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.

Men's Lax Garners Recognition After Win Over #4 North Carolina

The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team, including redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri, received praise for the recent 12-11 come-from-behind victory over No. 4 nationally-ranked North Carolina over the weekend. In the contest, the Minutemen erased a three-goal deficit entering the final quarter through a mix of strong defense and balanced offense to earn the win. Below are a few links related to the Minutemen victory:

Oliveri took home CAA Co-Rookie of the Week honors after posting 18 saves vs. the Tar Heels.
Quint Kessenich ranked UMass No. 6 in his top-20 and weekend analysis column for Inside Lacrosse.
Bryan Wallace at Inside Lacrosse had a report on the atmosphere surrounding the UMass win.
Inside Lacrosse's Geoff Shannon appreciated UMass' "Gorilla Ball" approach to the game.
The Minutemen moved up to No. 5 in the USILA Top-20 and No. 7 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll.
The Inside Lacrosse staff ranked the UMass defense as the No. 7 unit in Division-I men's lacrosse.
Cecil Copeland was on-site to capture images of the hard-fought victory for Lacrosse Magazine.

The Minutemen continue their 2013 slate at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 23, before returning to Garber Field to host Brown on March 2 at 2 p.m. Ticket information for all home men's lacrosse games is available through 866-UMASS-TIX (862-7784).

Men's Lacrosse Ranked In Top-25 Entering Upcoming Season

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Coming off of a season that saw the UMass men's lacrosse program reach No. 1 nationally in the rankings and finish the year with a single-season program-record 15 wins, the Minutemen have earned national top-25 placement entering the upcoming campaign.

Inside Lacrosse released the organization's preseason media poll while USILA announced its top-25 simultaneously this week, with the Minutemen placing among the rankings in each.

The Minutemen begin their CAA Title defense against Army at Garber Field on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Noon. Tickets are available for the contest through 866-UMASS-TIX (862-7784).

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