Feb. 20, 2014
The Last Meeting
February 23, 2013
Balanced Attack Secures #5 UMass 8-6 Victory At Harvard
UMass men's lacrosse had seven Minutemen notch at least one goal to secure an 8-6 victory at Harvard's Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen led the squad with a pair of tallies while classmate Connor Mooney and sophomore attack Grant Whiteway added a goal and assist each.
Last Meeting: #5 Massachusetts 8, Harvard 6; Feb. 23, 2013
No. 5 UMass men's lacrosse had seven Minutemen notch at least one goal to secure an 8-6 victory at Harvard's Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2012. Matt Whippen led the squad with a pair of tallies while Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway added a goal and assist each.
Kyle Smith, K.R. Jurgelevich, Sean Cleary and Andrew Sokol also contributed a goal each to the team effort. Zach Oliveri tallied eight saves in net while the Minutemen defense, led by starters Jake Smith, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Kyle Karaska, and middle of the field presence for UMass forced 17 Harvard turnovers.
The Minutemen turned the contest in their favor with four tallies in the second quarter while holding Harvard scoreless to establish a 6-2 lead entering the halftime break. Cleary pushed UMass back in front, 3-2 on a long-distance attempt following a pass from Whiteway two minutes, 40 seconds into the frame before Kyle Smith secured his fifth goal of the season 46 seconds later for a 4-2 advantage.
Harvard notched a pair of tallies each in the third and fourth quarters; however, timely goals from Sokol and Whippen set the Minutemen lead to at least two goals throughout the second half.
Scouting Harvard Men's Lacrosse
Harvard men's lacrosse starts its 2014 season against the University of Massachusetts as the squad looks to improve upon a 6-8 overall finish one year ago. The Crimson are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Chris Wojcik, who is 22-22 overall through three campaigns. He is 1-2 in his three meetings with UMass while Harvard trails in the all-time series, 13-31 and is 6-13 against Minuteman squads led by Massachusetts head coach Greg Cannella.
Devin Dwyer, the leading scorer for the Crimson in 2013 with 43 points on 16 goals and 27 assists, returns for his sophomore season. Also back for Harvard is Peter Schwartz (34 points on 18 goals, 16 assists in 2013) alongside Carl Zimmerman (20 on 11 and 9).
Harvard will be without the services of Harry Kreiger, the starting goalie last year, due to graduation. He was a four-year starter for the Crimson from 2010-13 as he amassed 481 career saves in net. Also gone is Rick Mole, who won 116 of his 223 faceoffs last year while the Crimson need to fill the void left on close defense by Robert Duvnjak after he caused a team-high 16 turnovers and scooped up 23 groundballs in 2013.
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.
Hey... I Know You
When UMass men's lacrosse faces Harvard on Feb. 22, Minuteman goalie Zach Oliveri will face off against three former teammates from the 2012 United States Under-19 National Team that won the FIL U-19 World Championship. Oliveri played for Team USA alongside current Crimson lacrosse team members Daniel Eipp, Sean Mahon and Stephen Jahelka.
Fourteen of the 37 players on the UMass men's lacrosse roster for the 2014 season hail from Massachusetts (37.8 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 Minutemen is New York (10), while no other has more than three UMass men's lacrosse student-athletes calling it home.
The Quicker Groundball Picker-Upper
In the 12-11 overtime win vs. No. 14/9 Ohio State, faceoff specialist Joe Calvello tied the UMass men's lacrosse program record for groundballs in a game with 13 picked up. Greg Rushing grabbed as many against Brown on March 5, 2011, while Jeff Seals set the record originally with 13 groundballs against Rutgers on May 2, 2000.
Calvello accumulated his baker's dozen of groundballs via the faceoff X, where he finished 19-for-27 against the six Buckeyes to challenge him on the night.
The Woodridge, Ill., native broke his previous personal bests for groundballs (10 vs. Brown; March 2, 2013) and faceoffs won (17 vs. Brown; March 2, 2013) during the game.
Young Guns Getting It Done
With a roster heavy on youth, the freshman class has provided a boost to the offense, resulting in two wins through as many games played. The first-year guys has scored 10 of the 18 Minuteman goals (55.6 percent) among three players in Nick Mariano (six goals), Jeff George (three) and Grant Consoletti (one), which ranks fourth in the nation for scoring percentage by a freshman class.
Mariano's success has placed him among the NCAA leaders for freshman goal producers. He ranks tied for third with Denver's Zach Miller behind only Maryland's Matt Rambo and Mitch Goldberg of Richmond.
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.
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. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won 10 of 12 games requiring extra minutes, including its recent 12-11 OT win over No. 14/9 Ohio State at the Moe's Lacrosse Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 16, 2014.
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.