UMass Opens 2013 Season At Home Against Army
Feb. 8, 2013
Leading scorers and USILA All-American Garrett Thul returns for his senior season in 2013 after notching 43 points on 39 goals and four assists one year ago, while John Glesener will look to improve upon a freshman campaign that saw the Camillus, N.Y., native notch 16 goals and 17 assists for the Black Knights. The dynamic duo will look to off-set the loss of Conor Hayes (17 goals, 13 assists, 30 points) and Devin Lynch (21, 6, 27) to graduation after Hayes and Lynch finished third and fourth, respectively, in scoring for Army in 2012.
The Black Knights will debut a new starting goalie this year following the graduation of 2012 starter Zach Palmieri, who finished with a 9.31 goals against average and .494 save percentage during the most recent campaign. Army returns three defensemen who saw considerable time keeping foes away from the Black Knights net a season ago in Brendan Buckley, Drew Kearns and Pat Hart. Buckley started all 15 games and tallied 30 caused turnovers to go with 23 groundballs scooped up. Combined, Kearns and Hart added 16 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers as Army finished with a 9.29 goals against average on the year. Overall, the Black Knights outscored foes over their 15 contests, 152-140; however, the opposition recorded a better shot percentage, .300-.274 and shots on goal mark (.589-.566).
LAST TIME VS. ARMY
Along with Manny's career day, Kyle Smith posted a career-high four goals including a pair of key tallies late in the fourth quarter after Army (0-1) had pulled within a goal.
Tim McCormack picked up with win in cage making eight saves.
The Black Knights were led by Andrew Boyd, Garrett Thul, and John Glesener who each had two goals. Zach Palmieri took the loss in goal making 10 saves.
Smith started the scoring on the day at the 12:18 mark of the first quarter. His goal was followed up by a pair of Manny tallies as the Minutemen took a 3-0 lead with 4:24 left in the first. Army climbed back with a pair of markers to make it a 3-2 game heading into the second quarter.
With a man-up advantage still left from the end of the first, Manny capitalized just 14 seconds into the second quarter giving UMass a 4-2 lead. Colin Fleming added a goal just over two minutes later to put the Minutemen up by three.
Army again answered with a pair of goals, but Manny added his fourth and fifth goals of the first half followed by a man-up score from Smith to give UMass an 8-5 lead at halftime.
The teams traded a pair of goals in the second half with Manny scoring his sixth and seventh tallies in that frame. His unassisted goal off a loose ball outside the crease gave the Minutemen a 10-7 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Thul scored at the 11:00 mark of the fourth quarter and Glesener added another tally with 7:02 left to pull the Black Knights within one, 10-9, but Smith added another pair of goals and the defense stood tall aided by three saves from McCormack in the final six minutes.
Manny narrowly missed tying the UMass record for most goals in a game when his shot with 5:57 left in the game hit the inside of the backside post.
The Minutemen outshot Army 36-to-32 for the day and were 2-for-3 with the man-up advantage, while holding the Black Knights to just 1-for-3 with the extra man.
LAST TIME OUT: MINUTEMEN FALL TO #9 COLGATE, 13-11
Art Kell led the Minutemen with three goals, while Colin Fleming had two goals and an assist. Conor Mooney, Steve D'Amario, Bobby Tyler and Will Manny each posted a goal and an assist each. Defensively, Greg Rushing had three caused turnovers and six groundballs, while Tom Celentani had two caused turnovers and four groundballs. Tim McCormack made 13 saves in goal.
Peter Baum, the nation's leading scorer coming into the contest, Matt Baker, and Ryan Walsh each scored twice for Colgate (14-3). Baum and Walsh each added assists as well. Conor Murphy made his first career start in goal making a game-high 15 saves to earn his first career win.
UMass jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the game as Kell opened up the scoring just under four minutes into the contest. Fleming scored back-to-back goals as the Minutemen looked sharp in the first 10 minutes of play. Colgate's Brendon McCann got the Raiders on the board with 2:49 left in the quarter as UMass to a 3-1 lead into the second.
Mooney put UMass back up by three just 43 seconds into the second, but seven seconds later, Chris Zielinski scored off the faceoff making the score 4-2.
The Minutemen stretched the lead to 7-2 thanks to three straight goals, but Colgate responded with a three goal run to close the second quarter with UMass leading 7-5 at halftime.
Out of the intermission, it looked as if the Minutemen had regained momentum scoring two straight on goals from D'Amario and Kell to go up 9-5 with 9:54 left in the third. Four straight Colgate goals punctuated by Baker's second of the game with 37 seconds to go tied the game 9-9. Anthony Toresco popped the next faceoff towards goal, collected the groundball and then scored six seconds after Baker's tally to give the lead back to UMass 10-9.
Patrick Campbell's first goal of the season tied the game for the third time at the 10:25 mark of the fourth. Just under two minutes later, Anthony Biscardi netted his first goal of the game to put the Minutemen back on top 11-10.
Walsh tied the game again with 7:58 to go followed by Zielinski's second of the game giving Colgate its first lead of the game, 12-11, with 7:12 left in regulation.
Murphy made three saves and the Raider defense block a pair of UMass shots and forced a pair of turnovers to hold the Minutemen at bay to seal the win. UMass had three possessions in the final three minutes of the quarter, but were unable to capitalize.
MINUTEMEN RECEIVE PRESEASON RECOGNITION
During the announcement, the CAA also recognized senior attack Will Manny as the preseason conference player of the year while tabbing Colin Fleming, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Jake Smith to join Manny on the preseason all-CAA listing.
Nationally, the Minutemen are featured in each of the major polls, including ranking 12th in the USILA Coaches Ranking and 13th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20.
MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
2012 SEASON RECAP
Then-junior attack Will Manny finished the campaign as a Tewaaraton Award finalist with 77 points on 44 goals and 33 assists, also taking home USILA First Team All-America and New England and CAA Player of the Year laurels. Classmate Jake Smith also tallied USILA All-America honors along with Anthony Biscardi, Tom Celentani, Art Kell and Tim McCormack while Greg Cannella was named the CAA Coach of the Year.
MINUTEMEN EARN TOP SPOT IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
At No. 1 in the April 16 USILA Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the April 16 Media Poll, the UMass men's lacrosse program achieved its highest national ranking ever. Prior to being ranked No. 2 for three weeks (March 27 - April 9), the previous high for a national ranking was No. 3, which the Minutemen did this season, in 2003 and in 2001.
MANNY NAMED TEWAARATON FINALIST
UMASS SETS WINS RECORD
The 15 wins on the year also tied for the 15th-most in NCAA history. The all-time NCAA record for wins in a season is 18, accomplished by Duke in 2008.
NO BANANA'S FOR GARBER'S GORILLAS
ALL WE DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN
The Minutemen have the seventh-best win mark among all teams in the NCAA since 2001 with a 124-58 record for a 68.1 win percentage mark. This total includes six seasons with 12 or more wins, including a school record 15 victories last year. Nationally, Duke leads the way in most wins (148) while Virginia follows with 147.
OFFENSIVE TRIO ONLY GROUP AT 50 POINTS IN NCAA
The 182 combined points from the trio accounts for 52.9 percent of UMass' total (344) while the trio also holds 110 of UMass' 207 goals scored (53.1).
Of the top-25 point producers in the country, UMass has faced nine of them, holding six in the group to two points or fewer in games against the Minutemen. Bucknell's Billy Eisenrich posted six points on three goals and three assists in the Bison's 12-9 loss to UMass, while Joe Resetarits had a trio of goals and an assist in Albany's defeat to the Minutemen while Peter Baum had a pair of goals and an assist for No. 9 Colgate during the NCAA Tournament First Round.
SPECIAL TEAMS MAKING AN IMPACT
The Minutemen put the man-down unit to the test over the final five games, taking at least five penalties in each, including 10 in the Towson and Drexel games during the CAA Tournament. Prior to that stretch, UMass had taken five or more penalties in a game just twice.