#12 UMass To Face #4 UNC In The Southern Showdown
Feb. 14, 2013
In 2012, UMass men's lacrosse...
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA
Marcus Holman, the reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week and a 2012 USILA All-American, leads the squad with eight points on a pair of goals and six assists while Jimmy Bitter follows with six points on five goals and an assist. R.G. Keenan and Kieran Burke have each tallied a squad-best seven groundballs after UNC earned a 44-30 advantage in the category against Air Force. Keenan, the main faceoff specialist for the Tar Heels won 11 of the 18 he took against the Falcons while Frankie Kelly finished 6-for-9 with five groundballs vs. AFA.
Burke is in his first season as the full-time goalie for UNC and made 11 saves while allowing eight goals against the Falcons, facing 34 total shots on the day. Current redshirt-senior Steven Rastivo manned the net last season, starting all 17 games while earning a 10.19 goals-against average and .505 save percentage behind 157 goals allowed in 924:45 in between the pipes with 160 saves.
Last year, Holman led the squad with 39 goals and 35 assists while Joey Sankey added 22 goals and an equal number of helpers while Bitter finished with 27 tallies and 14 assists. Overall, UNC notched more points that its opponents, 347-286 and secured 241-of-422 faceoffs (.571) while scooping up more groundballs, 598-495.
LAST TIME VS. NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 6:44 to play in the first period on junior Mike McCall's second goal of the quarter. After the slow start, the Minutemen seemed to jump-start their offense when senior Neil Lundberg notched UMass' first goal of the year with 4:14 to play in the first stanza. The two teams then traded goals in the second period. McCall completed his hat trick 19 seconds into the second frame for a 4-1 advantage, but Brett Garber netted his first career goal 4:57 into the period. Again, UNC pushed the lead to three at 5-2 following a Scott Falatech goal at 6:04, but Ryan Connolly cut the margin to two goals with a netter with 4:36 to play before halftime, with an assist to freshman Andrew Recchione which was the halftime score.
But UNC silenced any UMass rally scoring the second half's first three goals for an 8-3 advantage. Chris Doyle gave the Minutemen some hope entering the final quarter with his first goal of the season with just 13 seconds to play in the third stanza to trim the margin to 8-4.
However, again UNC took its biggest lead of the game just 1:36 into the fourth quarter on a Andrew McElduff goal for a 10-4 advantage. Lundberg, Gene Tundo and Jeff Zywicki netted fourth-period goals for the Minutemen, but UMass could get no closer than five goals in losing the season opener to the Tar Heels, 12-7.
LAST TIME OUT: UMASS CLAIMS VICTORY OVER ARMY IN OPENER
Senior attack Kyle Smith recorded a goal and three assists for a four-point performance while classmate Bobby Tyler helped on four marks. Freshman 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 Zachary Oliveri made seven saves over 58:02 in net.
UMass and Army exchanged goals over the first quarter, resulting in a 4-4 tie after 15 minutes. The Black Knights got into the scoring column only six seconds into the contest as John Glesener found the back of the net following the game-opening faceoff. The Minutemen answered with Muller's first collegiate goal on an assist from Sokol, with each marking the first collegiate point for Muller and Sokol.
The trend of Minutemen totaling their first points continued as Whippen fired home an attempt at the 9:58 mark to push UMass into the lead for the first time at 2-1. After Connor Cook and Glesener responded back-to-back to put the Black Knights back in the lead, 3-2, sophomore Sean Cleary totaled his first goal of the season with 3:51 remaining in the quarter to knot the contest at 3-3, with Tyler credited an assist for setting up the play.
Sokol added his second goal of the game only 58 seconds later, with Kyle Smith finding the sophomore attack during UMass' first man-up situation of the day. However, the lead would only hold until Glesener found Pat Brennan for Army's fourth mark of the game with 1:50 to play in the first.
The Minutemen dominated the second quarter en route to a 7-5 halftime advantage. Three consecutive goals gave UMass a 7-4 edge, with Whippen's second tally of the day capping the run with 3:47 remaining. Muller ran directly at the goal and fired a low shot at Army goalie Sam Somers' feet, with the ball trickling into the net for the 5-4 lead. Somers was pulled from the net, with Bobby Sincero tapped to take over for the Black Knights following the play.
However, the goalie swap didn't prevent Sokol from netting his second of the day as he used a shot from the right side of the goal to put UMass in front, 6-4. Tyler fed Sokol to give the Minutemen their first two-goal advantage of the day at the 5:35 mark, with Tyler notching his second assist of the contest in the process.
After Garrett Thul, the nation's active leader in goals, capped scoring in the first half with 43 seconds remaining in the stanza, the Minutemen reeled off the first four goals of the third quarter to pad the advantage.
Whippen netted the hat trick on a pass from Kyle Smith before Mooney notched his first tally of the season on Tyler's third helper of the day. Sokol followed with his third assist as K.R. Jurgelevich found the back of the net with 12:10 to play in the quarter. Tyler added a fourth helper 2:44 later as senior attack Will Manny got on the scoreboard with his first mark of the day and the 94th of his UMass career for the 11-5 lead.
After the Black Knights added a pair of goals to pull within 11-7, Whippen and Sokol matched Army with a tally each to push the lead back to six, 13-7, before Alex Newsome put one in the back of the net for the Black Knights with 2:33 remaining in the third.
For his fifth mark, Whippen sprinted at the goalmouth from in front and fired a point-blank shot by Sincero with 13:36 to play before Mooney added his second tally on an assist from Kyle Smith to put UMass up, 15-8.
Alex Van Krevel totaled the final Army goal with 10:11 to play in the contest before the UMass defense, led by senior Jake Smith, locked down to keep the Black Knights out of the scoring column for the remainder of play.
Kyle Smith closed scoring with an acrobatic diving goal across the crease, firing over Sincero's left shoulder for the 16-9 lead after Whippen found Smith on the left side of the net.
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 junior Joe Calvello was victorious in 14 of the 27 he took. Junior James Fahey won the only faceoff he took while Alex Daly led the Black Knights with a 9-for-18 clip. UMass was flagged with seven penalties totaling four minutes while Army was called for eight spanning six minutes.
UMASS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOUTHERN SHOWDOWN VS. UNC
WHIPPEN TAKES HOME CAA, UMASS LAURELS
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.
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.
FIRST AND FOREMOST
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 EARNS 2012 TEWAARATON FINALIST NOD
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.
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OFFENSIVE TRIO ONLY GROUP TO REACH 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 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, Joe Resetarits had a trio of goals and an assist in Albany's defeat to the Minutemen and eventual Tewaaraton Award winner 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
Despite the changes to the lineup, the Minutemen transferred this strength into shutting down a potent offense during their 2013 season-opening contest against Army. UMass limited the Black Knights, including two-time USILA All-American Garrett Thul, to just 1-for-5 (20.0 percent) on man-up opportunities as the Minutemen notched a 16-9 victory.
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