Fresh off a solid 8-5 victory over the 12th-ranked Army Black Knights last Saturday, the No. 16 UMass men's lacrosse team heads to Hartford for a Saturday game against the Hawks at 1 p.m., at Al-Marzook Field. UMass and Hartford renewed their series last season with a 20-10 Minuteman victory on Feb. 20, 2010. UMass has won all seven meetings in the series.
Celentani, J. Smith Earn Weekly Honors
UMass close defensemen Tom Celentani and Jake Smith were named co-UMass Athletes of the Week on Feb. 14. The pair helped lead UMass to an impressive 8-5 victory over No. 12 Army at Garber Field. Celentani and Smith both marked the Black Knights' top attackman Jeremy Boltus and Garrett Thul and limited the duo all afternoon.
Smith was also named the CAA Lacrosse Player of the Week on Monday. The first honor of his career.
Celentani had two caused turnovers and two groundballs while Smith, in his first college start, had three caused turnovers and three groundballs. They were part of a defense the kept Army to just one goal over more than 38 minutes bridging the second to fourth quarters.
In The Polls
The Minutemen, who were ranked has high as No. 7 in 2010, begin 2011 at No. 16 in the USILA Coaches Poll. In the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, the Minutemen are No. 17. There was no new poll after UMass played Army, look for a new poll on Feb. 21.
At No. 7 in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll on April 5, 2010, UMass had its highest ranking since the NCAA Championship game season of 2006. That year UMass was at No. 7 as late as the week of March 13.
The Series With Hartford
Last year, UMass and Hartford played for the first time since 2004 as the Minutemen routed the Hawks, 20-10. All-time, UMass has won all seven meetings: three from 1996-98, three from 2002-04 and in 2010.
Prior to last season's game, the previous tilt came in 2004. UMass topped Hartford, 13-7 on March 2, 2004. The 11th-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team outscored Hartford 8-2 in the second half to break open a tie game and earn its first victory of the year, 13-7, over the visiting Hawks. Kevin Glenz would finish the day with a career-best eight points (6 g, 2 a), and Doyle would add a hat trick, the third of his career. The Minutemen outshot the Hawks, 53-16, had 47 ground balls to Hartford's 23 and won 14 of 22 face-offs. Bill Schell made seven saves in the cage for the Minutemen.
In 2003, Six different Minutemen scored two goals and the UMass team jumped out early to cruise to a 14-3 victory on March 21. Jeff Zywicki paced the Minutemen with four points (2 g, 2 a), while Chris Fiore and Glenz contributed three assists. Fiore had two goals and an assist.
Last Year's 20-10 Win Over Hartford
The UMasss men's lacrosse team scored the most goals in a game in eight seasons, as the Minutemen pounded Hartford 20-10 on Feb. 20, 201 at Garber Field. In the season's home opener, Ryan Hantverk scored a career high four goals, as six different Minutemen had multi-goal games. UMass also tied its school record for man-up goals in a game with six. The Minutemen improve to 2-0 overall while the Hawks fall to 0-1.
Seven different Minutemen had at least three points as Hantverk added two assists for a career-high six points. Hayes also had two helpers for a career-high five points. Will Manny scored a goal and added three assists for four points.
Hartford was led by Jared Franze, who had four goals. Justin Bearse had two goals and two assists.
UMass jumped out to a 5-0 lead just 6:34 into the game and never looked back.
The six man-up goals equaled the mark set in 1999 vs. Fairfield and in 2005 at Johns Hopkins. Kyle Smith and Biscardi each scored two on EMO.
Among The National Leaders
In 2010, the Minutemen posted an 8-6 overall record and ranked among many national leaders. The team finished 12 in scoring offense with 11.43 goals per game. The team was eighth in man-up offense, scoring on 46.3 percent of its advantages. UMass was also eighth in assists per game with 7.5, led by Will Manny, who had 1.29 per game. The Minutemen were also 10th in points scoring per game with 18.93 with Manny atop the list at 3.21 per contest.
On defense, UMass was 10th in caused turnovers per game with 9.5. Tom Celentani led the charge in that category with 1.79 per game.
Hantverk is a returning starting midfielder, who tallied 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists last season. Rahn is the team's top long-stick defensive midfielder. he scooped 32 groundballs and caused nine turnovers a season ago.
McCormack returns for his second season as the backtop after starting all 14 games last season. He posted a 10.13 goals against average and a 52.3 save percentage with the 8-6 record.
Honors From A Season Ago
Returning sophomore attacker Will Manny had a decorated freshman season in 2010. Manny was the 2010 CAA Rookie of the Year in addition to being named to Inside Lacrosse's All-Freshman Team. He had a sensationalrookie season. He tallied at least two points in the first 13 games of the season and had a point in all 14 games. He netted five hat tricks on the year and was named CAA Rookie of the Week twice.
Junior midfielder Anthony Biscardi emerged in his first season as a starter on offense and was a CAA Second-Team selection and All-New England Second Teammer. He was second on the team with 35 points and tied for second in goals (21) and assists (14). He had points in 12 of 14 games and at least three points on 10 occasions. He netted hat tricks vs. Harvard and Towson.
In addition to the returnee mentioned above, graduated senior Diogo Godoi was a USILA Third-Team All-American in addition to being a CAA First-Team selection. Fellow classmate Bobby Hayes was a CAA Second-Team pick and All-New England Second Teammer.
Big Winners Over Last 10 Years • UMass has established itself as one of the top programs in the nation. Since 2001, UMass has tied for the ninth-most wins of any program in college lacrosse with 100 victories along with Navy.
• The Minutemen have the ninth-best mark among all teams in the NCAA since 2001 with 100-52 record for a 66.0 win percentage mark. That includes five seasons with 12 or more wins including a school record 13 wins in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The Minutemen were second on the list coming into the 2007 season.
• Virginia leads the way (123-38, 76.4) in most wins and highest percentage. Syracuse is right behind (120-37, 76.4) followed by No. 3 Duke (122-46, 72.7), No. 4 Johns Hopkins (113-38, 74.8), No. 5 Maryland (112-48, 70.0), No. 6 Cornell (109-40, 73.2), tied at No. 7 are Georgetown (103-41, 71.5) and Princeton (103-44, 71.0). UMass and Navy (100-51, 66.2) both are tied at ninth in terms of wins.
Lucky Numbers 10, 11, 13 • UMass has won 70 of its last 71 games when scoring 13 goals, after 13-12 win vs. Georgetown. UMass was 3-1 last year when tallying 13 or more.
• When scoring 11 goals or morem UMass has won 50 of its last 52 games, a 96.1 win percentage. The Minutemen had at least 11 goals in the first eight games of the 2011 season with a 6-2 record.
• UMass had won 45 games in a row when scoring 11 or more goals until falling at Yale, 13-12 on March 5, 2010. The Minutemen also lost to Harvard, 14-13 on March 13, marking the most goals UMass scored in a loss since a 16-15 defeat to Delaware on April 15, 1995. UMass had won 67 games in a row when scoring 13 or more goals.
• UMass is 40-3 in its last 43 games when scoring double-figures, (93.0 win percentage) including 8-2 last year and a 5-1 mark in 2009. UMass had won 29 games in a row when scoring 10 or more goals, but that streak was snapped with a 11-10 loss to Hofstra on Feb. 21, 2009. The Minutemen were 29-0 when scoring 10 or more goals from 2004-09. Prior to the loss at Hofstra, the last loss when scoring 10 goals came on May 1, 2004, a 17-10 loss at Syracuse.
UMass On TV Six Times
The UMass men's lacrosse team will play five televised games as part of the school's agreement with CBS 3 Now in Springfield, Mass. The games will be shown throughout Western Mass., on Comcast Channel 293, Charter Channel 230 and on the UMass campus on Channel 79. The first of the five home games to be aired live is the season-opener on Feb. 12 vs. No. 12 Army at 1 p.m. UMass will handle all of the production in-house for the telecasts.
UMass will also play on CBS 3 Now on March 5 vs. Brown at 1 p.m.; March 19 vs. Penn State at 12 p.m., April 16 vs. Drexel at 1 p.m., and April 29 vs. Delaware on April 29 at 7 p.m. The Feb. 26 home game vs. Ohio State will not be shown on CBS 3 Now, due to a conflict with the UMass. women's basketball game.
All six home games will be available online as part of UMass All-Access. Select road games could also be shown on UMass All-Access. Those will be determined closer to the game dates.
In addition to the five games on CBS 3 Now, UMass will play on ESPNU against Hofstra on April 23 as part of the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Renstchler Field, starting at 3 p.m.
UMass Lax Joins Athletes For America
The UMass men's lacrosse team joined forces with Athletes For America last October as the Minutemen players and coaches were all part of a two and a half hour CPR training session hosted by the campus EMTs. The men's lacrosse team is the first UMass team to become part of the AFA, and the athletic department is currently in discussions about how to include the remaining 550 student-athletes into the program.