March 6, 2014
The Last Meeting
March 5, 2013
Minutemen Suffer 15-9 Setback At Albany
UMass men's lacrosse erased a first half deficit early in the third quarter; however, the Minutemen were unable to overtake the Albany offense during the final stanza in a 15-9 loss at John Fallon Field on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kyle Smith, junior Connor Mooney and sophomore Grant Whiteway each produced two goals to lead the attack. Senior Bobby Tyler added a pair of assists, moving the midfielder's team-leading total to eight on the season.
Last Meeting: Albany 15, #9 UMass 9; March 5, 2013
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team erased a first half deficit early in the third quarter; however, the Minutemen were unable to overtake the Albany offense during the final stanza in a 15-9 loss at John Fallon Field on March 2, 2013. Kyle Smith, Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway each produced two goals to lead the attack. Bobby Tyler added a pair of assists, moving the midfielder's team-leading total to eight on the season.
Matt Whippen, Andrew Sokol and Dan Muller recorded one goal a piece out of the midfielder against the Great Danes while senior K.R. Jurgelevich secured an assist. Zach Oliveri notched a double-digit saves total for the second consecutive contest with 10 on the day, bringing his season total to 60 through five contests.
Whiteway evened it at 5-5 only 80 seconds into the third quarter, but Albany scored five of the next six goals to push ahead, 10-6 heading to the end of the third. UMass pulled to within a pair on two occasions the rest of the way but the Great Danes added four straight in the final three minutes to silence the UMass rally attempt.
Scouting Albany Men's Lacrosse
No. 18/17 nationally-ranked Albany earned its first win of the year, 14-8 over Harvard on Saturday, March 1 to improve to 1-2 on the season after heartbreaking one-goal losses at No. 1 Syracuse in overtime, 17-16 and against Drexel, 14-13. Scott Marr is in his 14th year as the program leader and sports 109-97 record, which includes seven victories over UMass in 13 opportunities.
A trio of Tewaaraton Award nominees pace the Albany offense with 26 of the squad's 43 goals and 18 of its 25 assists to produce 63.2 percent of the Great Danes total offense. Brothers Miles Thompson and Lyle Thompson each have 18 points to lead the way - as the duo is tied for the national lead in points per game (6.00). Miles has earned 13 goals and five assists while Lyle owns six goals and 12 assists. Ty Thompson, a cousin of Miles and Lyle, follows with seven points, all earned on goals.
Blaze Riorden backstops the squad with a 12.84 goals-against average and .531 save percentage through three appearances totaling 177:35. Despite the offensive dominance, the Great Danes have struggled on faceoffs as Kevin McNally and Connor Russell have combined to win only 38 of the 91 faceoffs (41.8 percent).
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.
Milestone Accomplishment: Greg Cannella's 175th Win
In his 20th season, head coach Greg Cannella has accumulated 175 career wins entering play against Albany on March 8. Cannella has led the Minutemen since the 1995 season. He has won at least 10 games in seven campaigns and guided the Minutemen to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. He is 175-104 overall (.627 win percentage) entering play against Albany on March 8.
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 owns a trio (one in each of the last three games) and Matt Whippen has two. Andrew Sokol rounds out the group with one.
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 two goals in 17 extra-man opportunities (88.2 penalty kill percentage) during 2014 as the penalty kill unit leads the CAA and ranks fifth 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.
On The Mark
Nick Mariano has put 18 shots on-target through four games and has netted goals on 14 of them, giving him a conversion rate of 77.8 percent when directing his attempt at the cage. Overall, Mariano has taken a team-leading 27 shots thus far - giving him a goal on 51.9 percent of his total shots.
Doing His Brick Wall Impersonation
Zach Oliveri, in his second season as the starting goalie, owns the best goals-against average (5.35) and highest save percentage (.682) in the Colonial Athletic Association. Oliveri's marks rank him second and third, respectively, in the nation. Delaware's Conor Peaks has the next-best GAA (7.49) and save percentage (.616) in the CAA.
Oliveri finished the 2013 season - his redshirt-freshman year - with an 8.63 goals-against average and .559 save percentage in 15 starts over as many games played.