Feb. 13, 2014
The Last Meeting
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February 25, 2012
Big Fourth Quarter Gives #8 Men's Lax 9-3 Win At #11 Ohio State
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The No. 8 UMass men's lacrosse team scored four unanswered fourth quarter goals and the defense held No. 11 Ohio State to just one goal over the last three quarters of play in a 9-3 win at Ohio Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Senior goalie Tim McCormack made 11 saves in the win, while Kyle Smith and Colin Flemming each scored three goals to lead the offense.
Last Meeting: #8 UMass 9, #11 Ohio State 3; Feb. 25, 2012
The No. 8 UMass men's lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals in the final quarter and the Minutemen sealed a 9-3 win at Ohio State on Feb. 25, 2012. Goalie Tim McCormack made 11 saves in the win, while Kyle Smith and Colin Fleming each scored three goals to lead the offense.
Smith scored the first of his three goals midway through the third quarter, before Logan Schuss notched his second to keep the Buckeyes within one, 4-3 with 3:16 to go. Another late UMass goal from Fleming with 22 seconds left put the Minutemen back up by two, 5-3, heading into the fourth.
Anthony Biscardi scored 1:42 into the fourth quarter giving UMass a 6-3 lead. A pair of Ohio State penalties led to a pair of Smith goals to move the lead to five. At the 8:16 mark, Smith scored just before a Dominique Alexander penalty was set to expire. Smith notched his third goal of the game at the 3:29 mark on another extra-man opportunity - the fourth EMO goal of the day for the Minutemen.
Will Manny tallied his fourth point of the day (2 goals, 2 assists) with just under two minutes to go to finalize scoring.
Scouting Ohio State Men's Lacrosse
Coming off of an NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals appearance, ECAC Championship and 13-4 overall record earned during the 2013 season, Ohio State started its 2014 campaign with 10-9 loss in triple-overtime at Johns Hopkins on Feb. 9. Nick Myers is in his sixth season leading the squad and holds a 44-36 mark as the head coach.
The Buckeyes returned 32 of their 43 letterwinners from last season, including seven of the 10 starters. Two-time All-ECAC pick Greg Dutton is in his senior campaign in the cage after recording an 8.96 goals-against average and .523 save percentage in 2013. Other key returnees include junior midfielder Jesse King (55 points, 32 goals, 23 assists in 2013) and senior defenseman Joe Meurer (35 groundballs, 18 caused turnovers in 2013).
Ohio State is without the services of Logan Schuss due to graduation as Schuss led the squad in goals (44), assists (28), points (72) and shots (143) a season ago. Despite the loss of Schuss, the Buckeyes offense still features three of their top four scorers from last year and six of the eight players who recorded at least 10 points.
This is the third meeting between the sides. The Minutemen won both previous encounters with an 11-9 victory at home on Garber Field during the 2011 season and a 9-3 win in Columbus, Ohio, during 2012.
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.
Hats Off To You
Grant Whiteway showed a penchant for scoring in bunches as a sophomore in 2013, resulting in five hat tricks earned over 15 games. The Billerica, Mass., native recorded the first of five against Brown on March 2 with three goals and added his second with as many scored at Hartford three weeks later. A single-game personal best five tallies against No. 17 Drexel on April 12 gave Whiteway his third hat trick while he also tallied three marks at No. 20 Hofstra (4/26) and No. 9 Penn State on May 1 during the CAA Tournament Semifinals.
One Under Our Belts
Seven Minutemen made their collegiate debuts at Army during the 2014 season-opening 6-5 win. Attackman Nick Mariano tied for the team lead with two goals while Grant Consoletti and Jeff George each added one tally. Consoletti started on attack with Mariano while George subbed in to the midfield.
Aaron Madaisky also started, causing a key turnover late in the fourth quarter and scooping up a pair of groundballs as a longpole midfielder. Austin Spencer gobbled up a pair of groundballs and forced an Army turnover while Dylan Gruder and Paul Spinney also rotated into the lineup.
In total, freshmen accounted for four goals, seven groundballs and a pair of caused turnovers at Army.
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.