New England Rivals Collide As UMass Heads To Brown For the 51st time, No. 7 UMass and Brown will meet in what is one of the longest standing New England rivalries. The Minutemen are looking for a win on Saturday to stay undefeated and start the year at 4-0 for the second straight year. UMass is coming off a 9-3 win over No. 11 Ohio State last weekend thanks to a great defensive effort and excellent special teams play. Will Manny will also look to continue his torrid scoring start to the season as the attack enters the weekend ranked No. 1 nationally in goals per game (4.0) and No. 2 in points per game (6.67). Fans can listen to the game on 91.1 FM WMUA as Adam Frenier and Norm Smith call the action. Links to the broadcast online can be found at UMassAthletics.com along with live stats. A live video stream of home games and select road games will be available during the year 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 At Ohio State An outstanding defensive effort in the second half along with great special teams play helped the No. 8 UMass men's lacrosse team to a 9-3 win at No. 11 Ohio State last Saturday. Tim McCormack made 11 saves in the win as the Minutemen shutout Ohio State 4-0 in the fourth quarter. UMass was 4-for-7 on the EMO with Colin Flemming scoring a pair in the first quarter and Kyle Smith netting a pair in the fourth. UMass held the Buckeyes to just one goal in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters combined and killed off all three OSU extra-man opportunities.
Up Next: Vs. Albany (Tuesday) It will be a quick turn-around for UMass as the Minutemen will host Albany on Tuesday at Garber Field (3 PM). The Great Danes won a tightly contested game 9-8 last year in Albany. The one-goal margin of victory has been a hallmark of the series with 7 of the last eight games being decided by one goal. With last year's win, Albany now holds a 6-5 record in the all-time series. Each team has alternated wins over the last four years with the home team holding serve.
Last Meeting vs. Brown Freshman Connor Mooney tallied the first-career hat trick of his career to lead the No. 9 UMass men's lacrosse team to its fourth win a row to start 2011, 9-6 over No. 20 Brown at Garber Field last March. Anthony Biscardi also scored three and Steve D'Amario tallied twice while Ryan Hantverk netted the goal that put UMass ahead for good 48 seconds into the second half. Greg Rushing won 10-of-13 faceoffs while scooping up a career-high 13 groundballs. The win was the third of the season over a ranked team for the Minutemen.