UMass Heads To Horseshoe To Face Buckeyes
• It’s a battle of two of the nation’s top early college lacrosse teams as No. 8 UMass heads to No. 11 Ohio State for just the second all-time meeting between the two programs. The Minutemen are off to a 2-0 start including last weekend’s win over No. 12 Bucknell, while the Buckeyes are 3-0 after last week’s impressive 10-9 win over No. 5 Denver.
• Fans can listen to the game on 91.1 FM WMUA as Cody Chrusciel 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.
Last Time Out vs. Bucknell
• Will Manny tallied seven points on three goals and four assists, while Kyle Smith turned in another banner performance with three goals and an assist as UMass defeated No. 12 Bucknell 11-9 last Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. Along with Manny and Smith, Mike Fetterly recorded a four-point game with a goal and three assists, while Art Kell scored a goal and added two assists. Defensively, Tom Celentani led the way with four caused turnovers, while Tim McCormack made six saves in the win.
Up Next: At Brown
• UMass’ early road stand continues as the Minutemen head to long-standing New England rival Brown next Saturday, March 3 for a 1 PM opening faceoff. Brown leads the all-time series, 26-23-1. Brown leads 10-9-1 in games played in Providence after the Minutemen pulled off the 11-10 win in 2010. Last season, Conor Mooney tallied the first hat trick of his career helping UMass to a 9-6 win in Amherst.
Last Meeting vs. Ohio State
• The 2011 meeting between UMass and Ohio State was received with the same fanfare as the 2012 edition. The first-ever game between the two programs saw the No. 11 Minutemen take an 11-9 win over the No. 13 Buckeyes at Garber Field. The scenario was much the same as this meeting with the Buckeyes coming off an upset of No. 3 North Carolina. UMass used a balanced scoring attack, but it was Conor Mooney’s first two career goals in the final five minutes of play that sealed the win for UMass. Greg Rushing was huge on faceoffs winning 12-of-17 and scooping up a career-high 11 groundballs. Jarred Bowman scored three goals and added an assist for Ohio State.
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. 8 in the USILA Coaches Poll and No. 10 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. Five of UMass opponents are ranked in the Feb. 20 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 30 of his 31 career games and cracked the 100-point barrier with his three-goal, four-assist effort against Bucknell last Saturday. Manny enters the Ohio State game with 59 career goals and 47 career assists in 31 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 with 10 multiple point games. 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. He had another great game against Bucknell with 3 goals and an assist. 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 111 victories.
• The Minutemen have the eighth-best win mark among all teams in the NCAA since 2001 with a 111-56 record for a 66.3 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 58 of its last 60 games, a 96.9 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 49-3 in its last 52 games when scoring double-figures, (94.3 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 record 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.).