Whippen Takes Home A Pair of Laurels Following Performance Against Army
Feb. 11, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass men's lacrosse junior midfielder Matt Whippen tallied Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday in recognition of his explosive play on the attack as the Minutemen downed Army, 16-9 on Sunday. The laurels mark the first of Whippen's career and come after the junior tallied five goals and an assist in the team's season-opening victory at Garber Field.
With the Minutemen pushing back their season-opener one day due to winter weather in the Amherst area over the weekend, Whippen proved instrumental in the Sunday victory, tying with teammate Andrew Sokol with a game-high six points. Whippen recorded his first collegiate point on a goal during the opening quarter to put UMass in the scoring column and knot the contest at 1-1 with 10:49 remaining. Whippen went on to add a trio of goals during the decisive second and third quarters as the Minutemen built a 13-8 lead entering the final stanza. The Chelmsford, Mass., native then secured the initial tally of the fourth quarter before assisting Kyle Smith on the final goal of the game.
Dating back to the 2012 season, Whippen is the fourth consecutive UMass men's lacrosse player to receive at least a share of the CAA Player of the Week honor, with current-senior Will Manny taking home the final 2012 season award on April 30.
He shares the UMass Co-Athlete of the Week award with men's basketball point guard Chaz Williams. Williams led UMass to a pair of home victories and was in total control of the court throughout each game. He averaged 19.0 points, 8.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 35.0 minutes per game.
His season-high 27 in the win over rival URI came on 9-of-14 from the floor for a season-high .643, including 3-for-5 from outside. Followed that up three days later with 11 points, nine assists, four boards, another block, two steals and just one turnover (team had a season-low five) as the Minutemen showed no side effects of a five-hour delay due to Winter Storm Nemo with an 18-point win over Saint Joseph's.