Feb. 27, 2014
The Last Meeting
March 2, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (Garber Field)
Men's Lacrosse Falls To Brown, 9-8 In Overtime
Brown University scored the final three goals of the fourth quarter and netted the winning goal in overtime to defeat No. 5 UMass, 9-8 at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway earned his first collegiate hat trick with a trio of goals against the Bears while redshirt-freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri tallied 15 saves in goal for the Minutemen (3-1 overall).
Last Meeting: Brown 9, #5 UMass 8 (OT); March 2, 2013
Brown University scored the final three goals of the fourth quarter and netted the winning tally in overtime to defeat No. 5 UMass, 9-8 at Garber Field. Grant Whiteway earned his first collegiate hat trick with a trio of goals against the Bears while Zach Oliveri tallied 15 saves in net for the Minutemen. The loss marks the first regular season defeat since April 23, 2011, against Hofstra, a stretch of 16 consecutive victories.
Entering overtime tied at eight, Joe Calvello gave UMass the ball with one of the junior's 17 faceoff victories in 20 attempts against Brown. The Minutemen held possession for the first minute and 10 seconds, until a turnover gave Brown's Sam Ford an opportunity to clear the play and find Daniel Mellynchuk for the game-winner.
The Minutemen recorded back-to-back goals in the fourth quarter to earn an 8-5 lead with seven minutes left in regulation. Sean Cleary was unassisted in putting UMass ahead by two with 8:17 remaining while Whiteway followed only 1:06 later to complete the sophomore's hat trick. However, the Bears responded with three goals in 3:49 of play to tie the game and force overtime.
Scouting Brown Men's Lacrosse
Brown started its 2014 schedule with a 13-6 win at Quinnipiac during which two Bears earned hat tricks while six players tallied at least three points in giving head coach Lars Tiffany his 60th win at Brown in eight seasons leading the squad.
Sam Hurster's five points led the way against Quinnipiac as he produced four assists and one goal. Hurster finished second on the squad in points last season with 30 earned on 22 goals and eight assists. Dylan Molloy followed with four goals while Brendan Caputo also earned four points against the Bobcats, doing so on a goal and three helpers.
Jack Kelly returns in net after he earned a 9.30 goals-against average and .533 save percentage in 12 appearances - including nine starts - as a freshman in 2013. Kelly provided 18 saves versus Quinnipiac to start the year. Brown will have to replace defensive standouts Clay Del Prince, Roger Ferguson and Sam Ford though, as the trio combined for 53 caused turnovers and 144 groundballs last year.
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.
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.
A Rare Goal From A Long-Pole
Senior close defenseman James Fahey scored his first career goal during UMass' 8-4 win over Harvard on Feb. 22, 2014 - the first one tallied by a close defenseman or long-stick midfielder since Ryan Hollenbaugh scored two against Drexel in the CAA Championship Game on May 5, 2012, a span of 18 games between longpole goals.
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. Whiteway leads five Minutemen to have at least one career game with three or more goals. Connor Mooney follows with four while Nick Mariano and Matt Whippen have two each. Andrew Sokol rounds out the group with one.
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 75-23 record (76.5 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 15 of the previous 16 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.
Man-Down Changes Nothing
The Minutemen have limited opponents to only one goal in 10 extra-man opportunities in 2014 as the penalty kill unit leads the CAA and ranks No. 10 nationally in man-down defense. Perennial top performers in the category, UMass finished ninth in the NCAA in the category in 2013, seventh during the season before and 10th in 2011.
Coming On Strong
Grant Whiteway has 31 goals through 27 games played, with 17 of those tallies coming during the previous seven contests alone. His recent run of dominance includes a career-high five goals notched against No. 17 Drexel on April 13, 2013, while more than half of his career tallies have been earned just during his current run of success.
Starting It Off On The Right Foot
UMass is undefeated in the last 11 games played during the month of February, dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. In total, the Minutemen are 19-5 in February dating back to the 1998 season when UMass played its first game in the month, an 18-3 win at Holy Cross on Feb. 28.