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Minutemen Set To Host Brown At Garber Field

Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol scored the game-winning goal at Harvard, helping the Minutemen improve to 3-0 on the current season.


Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol scored the game-winning goal at Harvard, helping the Minutemen improve to 3-0 on the current season.

Feb. 27, 2013

 Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: #5 UMass (2-0 overall) vs. Brown (0-1)
 Date/Time Saturday, March 2, 2013 | 2 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Series History Brown leads, 26-24-1 (Last Meeting: UMass 12, Brown 7; March 3, 2012)
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The Last Meeting
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March 3, 2012
Providence, R.I.
McCormack, Kell Lead #6 Men's Lax Past Brown, 12-7
Tim McCormack stopped a season-high 15 shots and Art Kell scored three goals while assisting on two others as the No. 6 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated Brown on Saturday afternoon at Meister-Kavan Field. The Minutemen improve to 4-0 on the season and will return to action on Tuesday afternoon against Albany at Garber Field (3 PM).

QUICK HITS
In 2013, UMass men's lacrosse...
• Is undefeated in its last 19 regular season contests, starting the run with an 11-5 victory over Delaware on April 23, 2011.
• Started 3-0 for the 16th time in program history and third consecutive season.
• Had a pair of six-point performances against Army from players recording their first collegiate points in Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol.
• Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.
• Won its season-opener for the fifth consecutive season, dating back to 2008.

In 2012, UMass men's lacrosse...
• Finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1969.
• Claimed victory in a single-season program-record 15 contests.
• Notched the best scoring margin among all NCAA Division-I teams at +5.75.
• Tallied the third-best scoring defense in the NCAA, limiting opponents to just 7.19 goals per game.
• Outscored opponents by 92 goals, 207-115 and recorded 175 more points, 344-169.
• Defeated four ranked opponents: #11 Ohio State, #12 Bucknell, #14 Penn State and #19 Towson.
• Won in overtime at Penn State, marking the eighth consecutive victory for UMass when the game goes to OT, dating back to the 2007 season.
• Had six players named USILA All-Americans, including 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist Will Manny.
• Placed in the top-10 nationally in 10 team categories and seven individual listings.

SCOUTING BROWN
Brown men's lacrosse heads to Garber Field for their second game of the season after dropping the first contest of the year, 9-7 to Quinnipiac on Saturday, Feb. 23. The Bears own a 26-24-1 all-time lead in the series between the programs and a 15-14 advantage when playing at UMass. Lars Tiffany is in his seventh season leading the squad and ninth year as a head coach overall, with Tiffany sporting a 69-50 record overall and 51-37 mark at Brown.

The Bears were led by a trio of three-point scorers against Quinnipiac, as Henry Blynn and Sam Hurster had a pair of goals and an assist each while Roger Ferguson added one tally and a pair of helpers. Brown led their season-opening contest through three quarters, 6-5; however, the Bobcats rallied with four goals in the final stanza to secure the comeback victory.

In 2012, Brown finished 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League play, including three in their final four. Parker Brown led the squad with 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points while Hurster followed at 31 tallies and eight helpers. Nick Piroli also eclipsed the 30-point mark, notching 23 marks and seven helpers.

Will Round served as the starting goalie for all 15 contests while accumulating 883:47 between the pipes. Round finished the year with a 9.03 goals-against average and .530 save percentage with 133 goals allowed and 150 stops. Corbin Booker finished out the remaining 32:07, adding a 16.81 goals-against average with nine allowed against six saves made.

Overall last year, Brown was outscored 142-136, but notched more points, 214-212 on the strength of a higher assists total, 78-70. Shot percentage favored opponents, .279-to-.270, while foes also grabbed more groundballs, 273-233 and won more faceoffs, 196-139.

LAST TIME VS. BROWN
Tim McCormack stopped a season-high 15 shots and Art Kell scored three goals while assisting on two others as No. 6 UMass defeated Brown, 12-7 on March 3, 2012, at Meister-Kavan Field. The Minutemen improved to 4-0 on the season with the victory.

McCormack's efforts marked the second straight game for the netminder with double-digit saves after posting 11 in the win over No. 11 Ohio State. He was excellent in the fourth quarter, making eight saves on 15 Brown shots. The five-point game marked a season-high for Kell.

Tewaaraton Watch List midfielder Anthony Biscardi also added three goals in the win, while Will Manny, the nation's second-leading point scorer entering the game, tallied two goals.

Greg Rushing had another solid game defensively with two caused turnovers and six groundballs to lead the Minutemen.

Brown (1-1) was led by Parker Brown, who tallied four goals. Sam Hurster, Stephen Loudon and Dan O'Brien each scored a goal in the loss. Will Round made 11 saves for the Bears on the game.

UMass jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 7:24 of the first quarter thanks to goals from Colin Fleming and Biscardi. O'Brien cut the lead in half midway through the period to make it a 2-1 game.

In the second quarter, Kell and Biscardi accounted for the only scoring as UMass took a 4-1 lead into halftime. Defensive special teams stood tall for the Minutemen as UMass killed off three Brown extra-man opportunities for a total of 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

A pair of goals to start the third quarter built the Minutemen's lead to 6-1, but Brown came back with scores from Brown and Hurster making it a 6-3 game with 3:32 to go.

Steve D'Amario took a Mike Fetterly feed with 2:04 left in the third quarter as UMass went back up 7-3 setting up a wild fourth quarter.

The Bears scored four goals in the fourth including a pair of Brown goals separated by 52 seconds in the final two minutes of play making it an 11-7 lead for UMass with 63 seconds to go.

Kell netted his third goal of the game to give the final score with 37 seconds left.

Brown held a 42-to-29 advantage in shots, but only 22 were on goal for the Bears. Both teams were held scoreless on the extra-man opportunities with UMass going 0-for-2 and Brown going 0-for-3.

COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM...
UMass men's lacrosse will have four of their contests on the 2013 season featured on television, with three being broadcast on CBS 3 Now and one more appearing on ESPNU. The Minutemen will appear on the ESPN family of channels when UMass heads to Lehigh on March 20 while contests against Army (Feb. 9), Penn State (March 8) and Drexel (April 13) are slated to air on CBS 3 Now.

MOST RECENT: BALANCED ATTACK SECURES #5 UMASS 8-6 VICTORY AT HARVARD
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 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.

Senior attack Kyle Smith, senior midfielder K.R. Jurgelevich, sophomore midfielder Sean Cleary and freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol also contributed a goal each to the team effort. Redshirt-freshman Zachary Oliveri tallied eight saves in net while the Minutemen defense, led by starters Jake Smith, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Kyle Karaska, forced 17 Harvard turnovers.

Whippen scored his team-high seventh goal of the season at the 13:19 mark of the first following a pass from behind the Harvard cage by senior attack Bobby Tyler. Tyler found Whippen 15 yards from the goal, with the junior midfielder racing toward the cage before firing into the right side of the net.

Whiteway added to the Minutemen lead with his third of the season 1:03 later, wrapping around the left side of the goal before placing an attempt into the lower-right corner for the 2-0 lead.

Harvard answered with a pair of tallies to send the game into the second quarter tied at two. Jack Walker notched the first goal for the Crimson after scooping up a loose ball in front of the UMass net and placing a sidearm shot on-target with 6:16 to play in the first. Alex White added the second Harvard goal, doing so with 1:07 to play in the stanza.

The Minutemen added four tallies while holding Harvard scoreless over the second quarter to establish a 6-2 lead entering the halftime break. Cleary pushed UMass back in front on a long-distance attempt following a pass from Whiteway 2:40 into the second before Kyle Smith secured his fifth goal of the season 46 seconds later for a 4-2 advantage.

Jurgelevich added to the UMass margin as the senior created a play by dodging to the left before firing just inside the left pipe from an open shooting lane with 6:52 left in the half. Mooney followed at the 1:05 mark with a diving strike at the crease to push the margin to four.

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.

After Ryan Stevens opened scoring for the Crimson 58 seconds into the third, Sokol answered for the Minutemen. The sophomore midfielder keyed in from 10 yards away, completing the play despite being checked to the turf during his attempt with 12:32 to play in the stanza.

Following a pair of tallies by White spanning the third and fourth quarters, Whippen notched his second of the day on a pass from Mooney with 5:36 to play, pushing the lead to 8-5 in the process. Henry Mumford followed with the final Harvard goal of the contest with 5:00 remaining; however, the Minutemen defense limited the home side to just one off-target attempt after the tally to secure the victory.

UMass outshot Harvard, 31-23 and earned more groundballs, 22-17. UMass was successful on 13 of its 14 clear attempts while Harvard finished 10-of-13. The Crimson were 1-for-2 on extra-man opportunities while the Minutemen ended the day 1-of-6 in the category.

Junior midfielder Joe Calvello won 10 of the 16 faceoffs during the contest while senior longpole midfielder Brett Tobin and Karaska tied for the game lead with four groundballs. Karaska also forced a pair of Harvard turnovers while Hollenbaugh scooped up a pair of groundballs and earned two caused turnovers.

OLIVERI EARNS SECOND CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK LAUREL
UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri earned his second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week honor on Monday afternoon. Oliveri takes home the laurel following an eight save performance at Harvard, during which the Minutemen held the Crimson to six goals for the victory.

Oliveri helped UMass to its third win of the season with three saves during the second quarter as the Minutemen built a 6-2 lead on the strength of four consecutive goals. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native also stopped a trio of attempts during the initial stanza and added two more in the fourth as UMass fought off Harvard's late rally attempt. Oliveri has the highest save percentage in the CAA through three weeks, notching a .583 mark with 35 stops against 25 goals allowed.

Oliveri was also named co-rookie of the week by the conference on Feb. 18, sharing the honor with Hofstra's Sam Llinares, who scored four goals against Sacred Heart.

OLIVERI NETS A PAIR OF WEEKLY HONORS
Redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri took home a pair of laurels following a stalwart performance in net for the Minutemen against No. 4 North Carolina, stopping 18 shots to earn Co-CAA Player of the Week and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week for his efforts. Oliveri's biggest save came on a potential game-tying attempt as time expired against the Tar Heels, as the Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native deflected an attempt by Greg McBride at the buzzer to seal the 12-11 victory. Oliveri shares the CAA honor with Hofstra's Sam Llinares while being joined by women's track and field star Becca Stoyle as co-honorees by UMass.

#12 UMASS EARNS COMEBACK WIN OVER #4 UNC
Down 11-8 to No. 4 North Carolina entering the final quarter, the UMass men's lacrosse team used four unanswered goals to secure a 12-11 come-from-behind victory in the Southern Showdown at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Senior attack Kyle Smith and junior attack Connor Mooney paced the offense with four points on three goals and an assist each. Redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri stopped 18 shots in net, including four during the final stanza when the Minutemen kept the Tar Heels off the board.

Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol pulled UMass back within one with back-to-back goals to start the fourth, the seventh time on the contest that the Minutemen were within one of tying. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway added the tying mark, one of his two tallies against the Tar Heels, on an attempt at the crease, completing the play while being knocked to the ground. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen added a goal and an assist while sophomore attack Sean Cleary notched one mark while senior midfielder Bobby Tyler added one helper.

UMASS OPENS 2013 WITH 16-9 VICTORY OVER ARMY
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team kicked off the current season with a 16-9 decision over Army at Garber Field on Sunday, Feb. 10. Delayed one day do to severe winter weather in the Northeast, the Minutemen recorded six-point games from junior Matt Whippen (5 goals, 1 assist) and freshman Andrew Sokol (3 goals, 3 assists) to help secure the victory. Senior K.R. Jurgelevich notched the eventual game-winner in the third quarter and redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri stopped nine shots in between the pipes to record his first collegiate victory in his first appearance and start for the Minutemen.

NEILA NAMES TRIO TO PRESEASON LISTING
The New England Interscholastic Lacrosse Association (NEILA) selected three Minutemen for the organization's preseason all-Division I listing on Monday afternoon. Seniors Colin Fleming, Will Manny and Jake Smith were among those highlighted from across New England, with Manny being named the Player of the Year while all three were featured on the All-NEILA Team.

Manny had a goal during the season-opener against Army and entered 2013 ranking 11th all-time on the UMass scoring list with 167 points on 93 goals and 74 assists. Manny suffered a broken thumb prior to the Minutemen's victory over North Carolina and was unable to compete in the win over the No. 4 nationally ranked Tar Heels.

Fleming, who was drafted into Major League Lacrosse with Manny and Smith during the 2013 preseason, finished fourth in goals and points on the Minutemen squad last year, finishing with 26 tallies and eight assists for 34 points. The 6-foot-6 senior from Bryn Mawr, Pa., entered his senior campaign with 56 career points on 42 goals and 14 helpers.

In his third year as a starter on defense, Smith began 2013 with 31 starts in 37 total appearances and had scooped up 53 career balls while causing 37 turnovers during his first three seasons with the Minutemen. Through three contests on the current campaign, Smith had seven groundballs while helping limit opponents to 8.67 goals per game.

WHIPPEN TAKES HOME CAA, UMASS LAURELS
Junior midfielder Matt Whippen tallied Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday, Feb. 11, in recognition of his explosive play on the attack as the Minutemen downed Army, 16-9 on Sunday. The laurels mark the first of Whippen's career and come after the junior tallied five goals and an assist in the team's season-opening victory at Garber Field.

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 last season, Whippen was the fourth consecutive UMass men's lacrosse player to receive at least a share of the CAA Player of the Week honor, with now-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
The Minutemen received high praise from the Colonial Athletic Association and national polls during the 2013 preseason, with the squad expected to challenge for the CAA Title and an NCAA Tournament berth yet again. The CAA picked UMass to win the conference ahead of Penn State (picked 2nd), Drexel and Hofstra (t-3rd), Delaware (5th), Towson (6th) and Saint Joseph's (7th).

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.

"GARBER'S GORILLAS" EXPLAINED
For the past 48 years, the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has held the unofficial nickname of "Gorillas." In 1965, UMass took in its first high-profile recruit, Kevin O'Connor, from New York. His girlfriend, poking a bit of fun at the relatively diminutive size of the Minutemen players at the time, drew a picture of a gorilla donning a lacrosse helmet with a stick in its hand. The art major and members of the team made stickers of the newly adopted moniker and put them everywhere, including their helmets. Thus, the nickname, "Garber's Gorillas" and style of play, "Gorilla Lacrosse" were born.

MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
Senior attack Will Manny stands among the top offensive performers in the nation as the 2013 season gets underway after a trio of successful seasons at the collegiate level. While sidelined with a thumb injury, Manny owns 168 points on 94 goals and 74 assists, standing 11th all-time among Minutemen and only three points shy of taking over 10th place from Brendan Glass (1994-97). Nationally, Manny ranks among the most prolific scorers in college lacrosse, placing third for career assists with 73, tied for eighth in career hat tricks (16) and 10th in goals scored with 94.

YOUNG GUNS
With the graduation of 11 seniors from last year's squad, the 2013 Minutemen lineup has featured new faces making immediate impacts for UMass. Beginning between the pipes, redshirt-freshman Zachary Oliveri debuted with the Minutemen against Army and garnered praise from across the lacrosse world for his 18 saves against No. 4 North Carolina the following week, helping lead UMass to a 12-11 come-from-behind victory. Standing in front of Oliveri, freshmen James Fahey and Kyle Karaska have split time on close defense, helping limit opponents to just 26 goals scored through three games.

The midfield has spearheaded the offensive charge due in part to the success of junior Matt Whippen, sophomore Andrew Sokol and freshman Dan Muller. Whippen leads the squad with eight goals, chipping in a pair of assists for eight points. Sokol tied with Whippen in pacing the Minutemen with 10 points, tallying six goals and four assists, while Muller broke into the lineup against Army and registered a pair of goals and an assist for three points against the Black Knights. On the attack, sophomore Sean Cleary has established himself as a legitimate scoring threat with a trio of goals so far, recording one in each contest.

YOUNG GUNS II
With the absence of seniors Will Manny and Colin Fleming due to injury, new faces to the lineup have stepped into expanded roles up front, leading the squad to three victories to open the year. Playing alongside veterans in senior attack Kyle Smith, junior attack Connor Mooney and senior midfielders K.R. Jurgelevich and Bobby Tyler, players with less than two full seasons in the lineup own 22 of the 36 goals (61.1 percent) and 31 of the 56 points (55.4 percent) recorded by the Minutemen.

2012 SEASON RECAP
UMass men's lacrosse reached as high as No. 1 in the national rankings while finishing the year with a 15-1 overall record and 6-0 mark in Colonial Athletic Association competition during 2012 en route to CAA Regular Season and Tournament Titles. Prior to the loss to No. 9 Colgate, the Minutemen reeled off 15 consecutive victories during the regular season to mark the first time since 1969 that UMass entered NCAA Tournament with an unblemished record on the year. The string of triumphs included four of USILA Top-20 teams, with wins over #11 Ohio State, 9-3; #12 Bucknell, 11-9; #14 Penn State in overtime, 9-8; and #19 Towson, 14-13.

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
UMass entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the nation's No. 1 team in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches rankings. The Minutemen were seven points ahead of Loyola and captured 8-of-9 first place votes in the coaches poll. In the media poll, UMass was also seven points in front of Loyola and held 14-of-18 first place votes. The updated poll marked the second straight week and the third time in the previous four that UMass was No. 1 in the country.

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 PLACED ON 2013 TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
Will Manny was named one of 67 nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award and one of five hailing from the Colonial Athletic Association, as announced by the foundation responsible for issuing the laurel on Feb. 22. Manny, a 2012 finalist for the honor, entered the campaign three points shy of joining the UMass men's lacrosse top-10 for the category, with 167 on 93 goals and 74 assists. The Massapequa, N.Y., native, who was also named the CAA and NEILA Preseason Player of the Year, is currently sidelined with a thumb injury but is expected to return later this season.

UMASS SETS WINS RECORD
The wins over Towson and Drexel in the CAA Championship Tournament marked yet another milestone for the 2012 Minutemen as the 15 victories marked a single-season program record. The previous mark was 13, which UMass achieved on four occasions, most recently in 2005 and 2006.

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.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!
Garber Field has proven to be one of the toughest home field advantages in all of college lacrosse. Set within the UMass tree-lined campus and adjacent to the historic Curry Hicks Cage, the Minutemen have posted a 72-20 record at Garber since the beginning of the 2002 season. UMass was a scoring machine at home during the 2012 campaign, posting 126 goals (14.0 per game) while allowing just 63 against (7.0 per game) and continued the trend with 16 goals scored against Army while only allowing nine to the Black Knights in the 2013 season-opener.

ALL WE DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN
The University of Massachusetts has established itself as one of the top programs in the nation, and since 2001, UMass has accumulated the seventh-most wins of any program in college lacrosse with 127 victories and a 69.0 win percentage mark. This total includes six seasons with 12 or more wins, including a school record 15 victories last year. Nationally, Virginia leads the way with 152 wins while Duke follows closely behind with 151. The Minutemen are the only squad from the Colonial Athletic Association ranking among the top eight squads nationally and have averaged more than 11 wins per campaign during the span.

OVERTIME IS OUR TIME
In defeating Penn State, 6-5 in overtime on March 31, 2007, the Minutemen started off an eight-game win streak when the contest is tied at the end of regulation. The run of eight straight victories includes a thrilling three-OT win over Drexel, 11-10 on April 16, 2011 and a 9-8 decision over No. 14 Penn State to improve to 7-0 on March 17, 2012. Overall, dating back to the NCAA Tournament Championship Game 2006 season, the Minutemen have won nine of 10 games requiring extra minutes.

UMASS TRIO ONLY GROUP TO REACH 50 POINTS IN NCAA
UMass boasted one of the top scoring offenses overall in the country in 2012, but its key trademark is a balance among the trio of Will Manny, Art Kell and Kyle Smith. Manny led the group with a team-high 77 points, while Kell and Smith finished with 53 and 52, respectively. With the dynamic group, UMass was the only team in the country to have three players with 50 or more points in the scoring column. The 182 combined points from the trio accounted for 52.9 percent of UMass' total (344) while the trio added110 of UMass' 207 goals scored (53.1).

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE
An experienced and talented trio of long poles, anchored by goalie Tim McCormack turned in one of the best defensive seasons in program history in 2012. UMass allowed double-figure scoring just three times all season (Colgate, 13 goals; Hofstra, 13; Drexel, 12) while forcing opponents into more turnovers than the Minutemen in 11-of-16 games.

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.

THE SPECIAL TEAMS IMPACT
UMass was paced by strong special teams play throughout the 2012 season. With the man-up advantage, the Minutemen converted at a 39.7 percent clip, which ranked 19th in the NCAA. The man-down unit completed phenomenal work over the final seven games allowing opponents to convert just 7-of-46 (15.2 percent) extra-man opportunities. For the season, UMass ranked 4th in the NCAA in man-down defense at 75.9 percent (63-of-83 killed).

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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