Minutemen Open home Slate Vs. Bucknell
• Coming off last week’s 12-9 win at Army, the No. 11 UMass men’s lacrosse team opens its home schedule against the defending Patriot League Champion and No. 12/14 ranked Bucknell Bison. The game will feature a trio of Tewaraaton Watch List players with UMass’ Anthony Biscardi and Bucknell’s Billy Eisenreich and Kyle Feeney. This will be the first time the two programs have met.
• Fans can listen to the game on 91.1 FM WMUA as Pat O’Neil and Norm Smith call the action. Links to the broadcast online can be found at UMassAthletics.com along with live stats via GameTracker.
• A live video stream of the game will also be available through UMass All-Access which is a subscription based service. The streaming video works best on a high-speed internet connection. Monthly packages begin at $9.95 which includes all games from sponsored CBS College Sports-affiliated schools.
• The game will also be televised in Western Massachusetts on CBS3 Now (Comcast 293, Charter 230) and WBIN-TV in Eastern Massachusetts.
Last Time Out At Army
• Will Manny scored a career-high seven goals and nine points to lead UMass past Army 12-9 last Friday at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y. Kyle Smith also posted a career-high four goals in the win including a pair of critical fourth quarter goals after the Black Knights pulled within one, 10-9.
Up Next: At Ohio State
• The Minutemen will head to Ohio State next Saturday, Feb. 25, for a 1 PM opening face-off. The two teams met for the first time last season at Garber Field with UMass coming away with an 11-9 win over the Buckeyes. Four different Minutemen tallied two goals each in the win with Connor Mooney’s two fourth-quarter goals giving UMass the ultimate advantage in the win.
Manny Named CAA, UMass Player Of The Week
• Thanks to his nine-point, seven-goal effort in the win at Army to start the season, Will Manny was named the CAA Player of the Week and the UMass Athlete of the Week. Manny’s seven goals were the most since Jim Connolly scored 7 goals against Yale in 2009. Manny’s nine points were the most since Jeff Zywicki had 7 goals & 2 assists against Albany in 2003. He was also just one goal shy of tying the school record of eight goals which has been done on three ocassions - the last time being Robert Codignatto vs. Army in 1990.
Biscardi Named To Tewaraaton Watch List
• Anthony Biscardi was named one of 73 players on the 2012 Tewaraaton Watch List which was announced in mid-February. This is the second straight year the midfielder has been on the Watch List for college lacrosse’s highest honor.
Minutemen Picked 2nd In CAA
• On the heels of a 10-5 season in 2011 which saw the Minutemen advance to the CAA Championship game, UMass was picked to finish 2nd in the CAA Preseason Coaches Poll - just one point behind favorite Delware which won the league title last season. Hofstra was picked third - just one point behind UMass in what could shape up to be a terrific CAA season.
Manny Picked As CAA Preseason Co-Player Of The Year
• Junior attack Will Manny was named the CAA Preseason Co-Player of the Year alongside Penn State goalie Austin Kaut. Manny is UMass’ top returning scorer from last season where he earned All-CAA Second Team and NEILA All-New England First-Team honors.
Biscardi, Celentani Haul In Preseason Accolades
• Entering the season, Anthony Biscardi and Tom Celentani have both been in the forefront of preseason accolades from various outlets. The duo were both named to the CAA Preseason All-Conference Team alongside Will Manny. Both were also named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Team. In the Major League Lacrosse Draft, Biscardi was taken by the Ohio Machine in the 2nd round, while Celentani was picked up by the Denver Outlaws in the 4th round.
• Biscardi was UMass’ third leading scorer a year ago with 20 goals and 10 assists. Of those 20 scores, three served as game-winners, while four came in man-up situations.
• A close defenseman, Celentani started all 15 games last year causing 22 turnovers while picking up 34 groundballs. As one of the top defensive players in the CAA, he earned second team honors.
In The Polls
• UMass enters the week ranked No. 11 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 13 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Six of UMass’ opponents are ranked to start the season, while Army, Hartford and Ohio State are receiving votes in both polls.
The Legacy Of Overtime
• The Minutemen were heart-stoppers over the last month of the 2011 season winning back-to-back overtime games in April as sophomore Kyle Smith scored two OT winners for the Minutemen. Then, Anthony Biscardi netted the game-winner in the CAA Semifinals to send UMass to the CAA Championship game vs. Delaware.
• Smith scored in triple overtime as the Minutemen rallied to beat Drexel (4/16), 11-10. UMass scored the final five goals of the game and held the Dragons off the board for the final 26:28. Will Manny had a hand in all five goals, scoring three -- including the game-tier to send it to overtime.
• Smith scored the game-winner at Towson, 1:55 into overtime, giving UMass a 9-8 win over the Tigers.
• UMass has won eight of its last nine games that have gone to overtime, winning every one since a 9-8 double-overtime loss to Yale (4/17/04) except a 10-9 loss to Albany (3/13/07).
• Smith continued the history of UMass legacy players scoring overtime winners. Of UMass’ last eight overtime wins, five goals have been scored by players with family connections to UMass.
• UMass played and won back-to-back overtime games -- the April 9-16 games -- for the first time since April 22-25, 1992 when UMass beat Harvard (7-6) and Rutgers (9-8).
• The three-overtime win over Drexel was UMass’ longest game since a five-overtime win over Cornell on March 30, 1988. That game equalled the longest in UMass history. UMass beat Cortland in 5OTs in 1974.
• Junior Will Manny has points in 29 of his 30 career games and needs just one more point to reach 100 for his career. Manny enters the game with 56 career goals and 43 career assists in 30 games.
• He had scored in the first 25 games of his career to mark the longest streak on UMass among all active players before the streak was ended vs. Hofstra (4/23/11) in the ESPNU Warrior Classic.
• Junior Anthony Biscardi had points in 12 of 15 games last year. He had multiple points in the first 10 games he has points this year. Biscardi was third on the team in points with 30 on 20 goals and 10 assists. He had eight games with at least two goals in 2011.
• Junior Kyle Smith scored a career-high four goals in the win at Army including a pair of critical fourth quarter goals to seal the win. In 2011, he had at least one goal in eight of the last nine games -- that includes his two game-winners in overtime. He finished with 11 goals and 4 assists in his second college season.
• UMass posted a stout 8.41 GAA last season, backstopped by senior captain Tim McCormack. The goalie had an 8.33 goals against average and a 54.8 save percentage. He posted a season-best 17 saves, second-most in a game in his career at Harvard (3/29). He allowed a season-low five goals on two occaions -- in the season openervs. Army (2/12) and the regular-season finale vs. Delaware (4/29). He was also strong in the CAA Semifinal at Penn State (5/4) with 14 saves, including 12 in the first half.
• Fellow close defenders Tom Celentani (34 groundballs, 22 caused turnovers) and Greg Anderson (17 groundballs, 13 caused turnovers) return to anchor the defense.
• Long-pole Ryan Hollenbaugh was a key all season last year with 15 groundballs and 14 caused turnovers.
• UMass’ man-down defense was strong in 2011, allowing just 21.2 percent on the year. Opponents had just 11 goals on 52 opportunities. That ranked 10th in the NCAA.
• UMass’ tag-team duo of seniors Greg Rushing and Anthony Toresco were stellar on face-offs in 2011 winning 51.7 percent of of its draws to rank 21st in the NCAA.
• Rushing was the starting face-off man most of the season, winning 70-of-136 for 51.5 percent. He was also a vacuum on groundballs with 77.
• Toresco won 85-of-158 for 53.8 percent. He had a career game winning 13-of-15 against Delaware (4/29), including 12-of-13 in the second half. Toresco was second on the team in groundballs with 42. In the last two third quarters, vs. Delaware and at Penn State, Toresco has won 15-of-16 face-offs.
Big Winners For Last 10 Years
• UMass has established itself as one of the top programs in the nation. Since 2001, UMass just ahead of Georgetown for the seventh-most wins of any program in college lacrosse with 110 victories.
• The Minutemen have the eighth-best win mark among all teams in the NCAA since 2001 with a 110-56 record for a 66.1 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 (132-43, 75.4) in most wins and highest percentage. Duke (132-51, 72.1) is tied in terms of wins, Syracuse third at (131-38, 77.5) with No. 4 Johns Hopkins (124-40, 75.6), No. 5 Maryland (121-51, 70.3), No. 6 Cornell (119-42, 73.9), No. 7 is Georgetown (109-48, 69.4) and UMass is ahead of No. 9 Princeton (107-52, 67.2).
Lucky Numbers 10, 11, 13
• UMass has won 73 of its last 74 games when scoring 13 goals (98.6 win percentage), with three wins last season -- all on the road: 16-9 at Saint Joseph’s (4/2), 14-6 at Providence (3/15) and 14-10 at Hartford (2/19). UMass was 3-1 in 2010 year when tallying 13 or more.
• When scoring 11 goals or more, UMass has won 57 of its last 59 games, a 96.7 win percentage. Last season, UMass had six games with 11-plus goals, all wins. The Minutemen had at least 11 goals in the first eight games of the 2010 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 last season 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 48-3 in its last 51 games when scoring double-figures, (94.0 win percentage). UMass was a perfect 7-0 last year when reaching 10, with wins over Hartford, Ohio State, Providence, Saint Joseph’s, Drexel, Delaware and Penn State. In 2010, UMass posted an 8-2 when scoring 10 or more. 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.).