Feb. 4, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 10, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (Garber Field)
UMass Men's Lacrosse Opens 2013 Season With 16-9 Win Over Army
Junior Matt Whippen produced five goals and an assist while sophomore Andrew Sokol added a trio of tallies and helpers as UMass men's lacrosse opened its 2013 season with a 16-9 drubbing of Army at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Whippen entered competition against the Black Knights without a collegiate goal or assist while Sokol secured a single-game personal best with his six points.
Most Recent Meeting: Massachusetts 16, Army 9; Feb. 10, 2013
Matt Whippen produced five goals and an assist while Andrew Sokol added a trio of tallies and as many helpers as No. 12 UMass opened its 2013 season with a 16-9 defeat of Army at Garber Field on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Whippen and Sokol notched their first collegiate points during competition against the Black Knights, combining for 12 between the duo.
Kyle Smith recorded a goal and three assists for a four-point performance while Bobby Tyler helped on four marks, a single-game personal best for the senior. Dan Muller chipped in a pair of goals and an assist and Connor Mooney recorded two tallies. Making his first start and appearance with the Minutemen, redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri made seven saves over 58:02 in net.
Leading at halftime, 7-5, UMass doubled up the Black Knights during the decisive third quarter, 6-3 to take a 13-8 lead into the final frame. Whippen earned a pair of goals during the stanza while K.R. Jurgelevich, Will Manny, Mooney and Sokol earned one each as balanced scoring paced the Minutemen.
UMass outshot Army, 47-30, including a 27-16 margin in on-target attempts. The Minutemen caused 17 Army turnovers while only committing 12 and won 15-of-28 faceoffs as Joe Calvello was victorious in 14 of the 27 he took. James Fahey won the only faceoff he attempted while Alex Daly led the Black Knights with a 9-for-18 clip.
Scouting Army Men's Lacrosse
Army and UMass begin their respective seasons against each other for the second straight campaign as the Black Knights look to improve upon an 8-6 finish from a year ago. Army is under the direction of ninth-year program leader Joe Alberici, who sports a 64-58 record with the Black Knights and 72-64 record overall through 10 seasons as a men's lacrosse head coach.
John Glesener returns after leading the squad with 61 points on 31 goals and 30 assists as a sophomore. Army brings back three of its top four scorers from 2013, with the lone loss being USILA All-American Garrett Thul, who finished with 46 points as a senior. Alex Newsome (24 points) and Will Mazzone (19) also return.
Sam Somers is slated as the top goalie going into his junior season after he started in the cage and produced a 7.18 goals-against average and .587 save percentage one year ago. Close defensemen Pat Hart and John Burk combined for 45 groundballs and 15 caused turnovers in 2013 and will team with Somers to defend the Army goal.
All Home Contests Available On UMass All-Access
UMass men's lacrosse will have each of its six home games broadcast online through UMass All-Access, with Cody Chrusciel. A link will be accessible in each game preview to direct fans or other interest parties to the subscription page, where the viewer can purchase the plan he or she believes to be appropriate.
WMUA 91.1 FM To Broadcast Men's Lacrosse
All but one of the Massachusetts men's lacrosse contests during the 2014 campaign will be broadcast live on WMUA 91.1 FM. Fans can listen in through the FM radio station locally or catch the game via the online live streaming app, which is free of charge and linked in each game preview.
Two Decades Under The Influence
The 2014 season marks Greg Cannella's 20th season as the head coach of the men's lacrosse team. The University of Massachusetts graduate is 171-104 during his 19 completed seasons as the program leader and he stands as one of the longest tenured coaches in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse. In terms of total Division I experience, Cannella sits eighth while his 20 years in Amherst place him fifth in terms of head coaching tenures at current schools among the 63 head coaches in D-I.
Cannella has guided the Minutemen to many of the most successful seasons in program history since being named the head coach on Nov. 9, 1994. The Lynbrook, N.Y., native took the 2006 squad to the NCAA Championship Game and led UMass to the most single-season victories in program history (15) as well as the No. 1 national ranking during the 2012 season, which culminated in the most recent of the team's eight trips to the NCAA Tournament under Cannella.
Prior to taking over the reigns, Cannella served as an assistant coach in 1993 and 1994 while he played for the Maroon and White for two seasons in 1986 and 1987, giving him 24 total years donning the University of Massachusetts colors.
Fifteen of the 38 players on the UMass men's lacrosse roster for the 2014 season hail from Massachusetts (39.5 percent). This core of commonwealth natives includes the four highest scoring Minutemen to return from a year ago in Grant Whiteway, Connor Mooney, Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol, who combined for 95 points during 2013. All-CAA honoree and short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo also hails from Massachusetts, as do key close defensemen Bob Fahey, James Fahey and Kyle Karaska.
Following Massachusetts, the next-most common home state among current Minutemen is New York (10), while no other has more than three UMass men's lacrosse student-athletes calling it home.
Among all Minutemen, Grant Consoletti trekked the furthest to play for head coach Greg Cannella at the University of Massachusetts, as Consoletti calls Thousand Oaks, Calif., home. A distance of roughly 2,550 miles directly across the country from his town on the Pacific Coast to the Berkshires, Consoletti is the second Minuteman to hail from California in recorded program history and the first since Bob Woodbury (Van Nuys, Calif.) lettered for UMass in 1962 and 1963. The hometowns of the two are only approximately 25 miles apart.
In besting Penn State, 6-5 during overtime on March 31, 2007, UMass started an eight-game win streak when the contest is tied at the end of regulation. The run of eight straight victories included a thrilling three-OT win over Drexel, 11-10 on April 16, 2011 and a 9-8 decision over No. 14 Penn State to improve to 7-0 on March 17, 2012. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won nine of 11 games requiring extra minutes, though the squad dropped its most recent OT game, 9-8 to Brown on March 2, 2013.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Garber Field has proven to be one of the toughest home field advantages in all of college lacrosse as the Minutemen have posted a 74-23 record (76.3 win percentage) at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season.
When playing at Garber Field, the Minutemen have held opponents to fewer than 10 goals in a game during 14 of the previous 15 contests ending in regulation, with the lone game allowing more than single-digits being the heartbreaking 15-14 loss to No. 17 Drexel on April 13, 2013.
After sporting a roster comprised entirely of student-athletes born in the United States of America during each of the last eight seasons, Massachusetts men's lacrosse signed three Canadian nationals to compete for the Minutemen during 2014. It is the most foreign-born players to appear on a UMass roster, the third time multiple Canadians have played in Amherst overall and the first instance since Ontario natives Craig Conn and Jeff Zywicki lettered in 2002.
Gianni Bianchin, a 5-foot-10 attackman and midfielder, hails from Stoney Creek, Ontario, but attended high school at Trinity Pawling in Pawling, N.Y. He was ranked as an Inside Lacrosse Top-50 Canadian Player during his scholastic career and was a first team all-league selection in 2012 when he accumulated 77 points. In his native Ontario he was part of the provincial squad that won national championships in 2010 and 2011.
Ty Klarner joins the Minutemen from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, where he attended Terry Fox Secondary School. Klarner produced 320 career points on 212 goals and 108 assists and was named the No. 8 player from Canada during his junior season according to Inside Lacrosse. The 6-foot-1 attackman also played box lacrosse for the Port Coquitlam Junior Saint "A" Team.
Aaron Madaisky - a 6-foot-7, 225-pound longpole defenseman - also comes to Amherst from British Columbia and was raised in the town of Surrey. He was an Adrenaline All-American in 2013 and the Provincial High School MVP as a junior and senior. Madaisky also played basketball, where he was a member of the U-15, U-16 and U-17 provincial teams for British Columbia.
An Influx Of Youth
UMass men's lacrosse starts the 2014 season with 15 freshmen on the roster among 38 total student-athletes (39.5 percent). Alone, the freshmen outnumber the junior and senior classes combined, 15-13. The freshman class comprises the most individuals (15), followed by the sophomores (10), juniors (eight) and seniors (five).
A Small Set Of Seniors
The 2014 Massachusetts men's lacrosse senior class is comprised of Joe Calvello, James Fahey, Reed Goodhue, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen. With only five seniors, the Minutemen have the smallest class among the six CAA schools. Among the 60 men's lacrosse programs in at least their fourth season of competition at the NCAA Division I level, the five-member senior class at UMass ranks as the sixth-fewest behind Mercer (2 seniors), VMI (2), Wagner (3), Canisius (4) and Saint Joseph's (4).
'Garber's Gorillas' Explained
For the past 50 years, the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has held the unofficial nickname of "Gorillas." In 1965, UMass took in its first high-profile recruit, Kevin O'Connor, from New York. His girlfriend, poking a bit of fun at the relatively diminutive size of the Minutemen players at the time, drew a picture of a gorilla donning a lacrosse helmet with a stick in its hand. The art major and members of the team made stickers of the newly adopted moniker and put them everywhere, including their helmets. Thus, the nickname, "Garber's Gorillas" and style of play, "Gorilla Lacrosse" were born.
Becoming Familiar Faces
Massachusetts ended its 2013 season with an appearance in the CAA Tournament, its fourth straight trip to the league championship in as many seasons since joining the conference for the 2010 campaign. The Minutemen are the only squad among current CAA teams to appear in each of those CAA Tournaments.
Four of UMass' seven victories last season came when playing under the lights during a night game. UMass took a victory from No. 16 Lehigh, 6-4 on March 20 for its first of four victories at night during the year. Three days later the Minutemen defeated Hartford on the road, 13-11 and again took back-to-back 7 p.m. contests from Hofstra, 9-8 and Delaware, 16-8 to close the regular season.
The Minutemen did not lose a contest that was played at night in 2013. They currently have three evening contests scheduled for the 2014 season, including against Ohio State on Feb. 16, versus Hofstra on April 19 and at Delaware on April 25.
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After redshirting the 2012 season as a freshman, Zach Oliveri completed his first campaign on the field with the Minutemen in 2013 and was able to adjust to the college game immediately, as the Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native's success placed him among the top-25 nationally in goalkeeping.
Oliveri ended the year ranked 12th in goals-against average (8.63) and 16th for save percentage (.559) in the final NCAA statistics release (May 27). With his goals-against number, Oliveri is the only freshman to place among the top-20 in the nation while being one of only five first-year goalies in the same grouping for save percentage.
Success From The Start
In his first year as the main faceoff specialist, Joe Calvello ranked among the top performers in the country for the category in 2013. Through the final statistics release by the NCAA (May 27), Calvello ended the year 11th nationally with a .582 faceoff percentage while the Naperville, Ill., native's 184 faceoff victories tied for the 13th-most in Division I.
Calvello was also one of only three faceoff men in the top-15 competing in his first season as one of the leading specialists on his respective team, joining Georgetown's Tyler Knarr (fifth, .622) and Army's Alex Daly (10th, .586). Calvello's ability to control the X led the Minutemen to own the eighth-highest team percentage in the nation (.576), which was the highest among squads featuring a first-year specialist.
After his second strong performance against fellow top faceoff man Danny Henneghan of Penn State on May 1, the junior ended the year having taken 316-of-323 faceoffs for the squad (97.8 percent). With securing the vast majority of UMass' faceoffs, Calvello is one of only three in the top-50 to hold down the spot with such consistency.
Head coach Greg Cannella continued to challenge his squad with contests against some of the most talented programs nationally in his 19th season leading the Minutemen. In the process, Cannella guided UMass men's lacrosse to at least three victories over USILA Top-20 opponents in each of the previous four seasons and owns 55 wins versus nationally ranked foes during his tenure at the helm of the program.
In 2013, UMass downed a trio of top-20 teams without having the comfort of playing any of those games at home on Garber Field, fighting by No. 4 North Carolina, 12-11; No. 16 Lehigh, 6-4 and No. 20 Hofstra, 9-8.
Dating back to the 1973 season, the earliest available poll data from the USILA, the Minutemen have also secured the most single-season top-20 wins as a program under Cannella with seven during 2003 as well as six in 2006 when UMass reached the NCAA Tournament Championship Game.