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No. 9 Men's Lacrosse Continues Road Trek At Bucknell

Senior attack Kyle Smith earned a hat trick with three goals against Bucknell when the Minutemen defeated the Bison, 11-9 on Feb. 18, 2012.


Senior attack Kyle Smith earned a hat trick with three goals against Bucknell when the Minutemen defeated the Bison, 11-9 on Feb. 18, 2012.

March 7, 2013

 Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: #9 UMass (3-2 overall) at Bucknell (3-1)
 Date/Time Saturday, March 9, 2013 | Noon
 Location Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium (13,100) | Lewisburg, Pa.
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 Radio Broadcast WMUA 91.1 FM
 Game Notes Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Bucknell
 Series History UMass leads, 1-0 (Last Meeting: UMass 11, Bucknell 9; Feb. 18, 2012)
 Record Book Massachusetts Get Acrobat Reader | Bucknell Get Acrobat Reader
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The Last Meeting
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February 18, 2012
Amherst, Mass.
Manny, Smith Lead #11 Lacrosse To 11-9 Win Over #12 Bucknell
Will Manny posted a game-high seven points and Kyle Smith scored three goals as the No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated No. 12 Bucknell 11-9 on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. Manny went over the 100-point plateau for his career with three goals and four assists.

QUICK HITS
In 2013, UMass men's lacrosse...
• 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 year, 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.

SCOUTING BUCKNELL
The Bucknell Bison own a 3-1 overall record through four games of the 2013 season, including victories over Delaware, 9-8; Bryant, 10-8 and Navy, 11-2. The Bison dropped their only game, 12-11 at Mount Saint Mary's. Bucknell is led by eighth-year head coach Frank Fedorjaka, who owns a 71-40 mark with the program and a 110-71 record in his 13th season at the helm of a program overall. The Minutemen won the only previous meeting between the programs, doing so by an 11-9 margin on Feb. 18, 2012.

David Dickson leads the squad in assists (13) and points (14) as the main distributor among the Bison while Todd Heritage follows with 10 goals and three helpers for 13 points. Chase Bailey (8 g, 4 a, 12 p) and Sean Doyle (7, 3, 10) have also reached double-figures in scoring through four contests. Kyle Feeney has been given the starting nod in net, accumulating 222:26 of a possible 240 minutes between the pipes. Feeney has registered a 7.28 goals against average and .526 save percentage with 30 stops on the year. Sam Grinberg closes out the remaining 17:34, owning a 10.25 goals against average with three let in. Grinberg has turned aside one shot for a .250 save percentage.

Bucknell is outscoring its opposition, 41-30 through four games while registering more shots, 166-96 and on-target attempts, 97-61. The Bison are also winning the groundball battle, 122-107 and have a positive margin in caused turnovers, 45-26. Foes have won 49-of-83 faceoffs, as three players have split time at the `X' for Bucknell. Gavin Sullivan is 14-of-32 on faceoff attempts (.438 win percentage) while Ryan Gutowski follows at 12-of-32 (.375) and Eric Monfort has secured eight of his 18 appearances (.444).

LAST TIME VS. THE BISON
Will Manny posted a game-high seven points and Kyle Smith scored three goals as the No. 11 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated No. 12 Bucknell 11-9 on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 at Garber Field. Manny eclipsed over the 100-point plateau for his career with three goals and four assists. UMass improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Bison fell to 0-2 overall.

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.

The Minutemen never trailed in the game jumping out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of Smith goals in the initial seven minutes of the first quarter. The Bison rallied back to tie the game 2-2 with 4:41 left, however, neither team was able to score again in the opening stanza.

With a man-up advantage to start the second, Colin Fleming cashed in to put UMass up 3-2 in the first nine seconds of play. Bucknell tied the game just over two minutes later as Chase Bailey scored his second of the day converting on the man-up advantage for the Bison.

A pair of UMass goals from Manny and Grant Whiteway gave the Minutemen some breathing room going into halftime with a 5-3 lead.

Just over two minutes into the third quarter, Smith scored his third of the day to extend the lead to three goals. Back-to-back goals from Steve D'Amario and Fetterly separated by just 52 seconds put UMass up 8-4 with 7:16 left in the third.

The Bison cut the lead back to two goals with tallies from Burke and Dickson coming just 33 seconds apart, making it an 8-6 game with six minutes left in the third.

A good start to the four quarter with a man-up goal and an even-strength mark from Manny put UMass back up by four, 10-6, with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game.

Bucknell scored three of the last four goals in the game to give the final score, including a pair by Billy Eisenreich, who finished with three goals and three assists to lead the Bison.

The Bison outshot UMass 30-to-28 for the game, but committed 17 to just 13 for the Minutemen. Both teams had a pair of man-up goals with UMass going 2-for-3 and Bucknell 2-for-5.

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: UMASS SUFFERS 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 Tuesday 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.

Junior Matt Whippen, sophomore Andrew Sokol and freshman Dan Muller recorded one goal a piece out of the midfielder against the Great Danes while senior K.R. Jurgelevich secured an assist. Goalie Zach Oliveri notched a double-digit saves total for the second consecutive contest with 10 on the day, bringing the redshirt-freshman's season total to 60 through five contests.

After 11 minutes of scoreless action to start the contest, Albany found the back of the net first on a strike from John Maloney with 3:59 remaining in the first; however, Kyle Smith equalized the game for the Minutemen only 53 seconds later. Smith controlled play at the left post and rushed in front of the net before depositing a shot into the right side of the goal.

The Great Danes (2-2) went back in front at the end of the first with a last-second strike by Lyle Thompson, who backed toward the net before dropping a bounce shot by Oliveri. Following the quarter break, Muller evened the contest at 2-2 with 11:36 to play. Muller received a pass from Jurgelevich 10 yards from the net and fired an attempt by Albany goalie Blaze Riorden for the freshman's third goal of the season. Riorden went on to earn 12 saves on the day for the Great Danes.

Albany responded with three consecutive goals spanning 1:48 of play to earn a 5-2 lead with eight minutes remaining in the half. Lyle Thompson and Maloney netted their second tallies of the day to push the Great Danes lead to 4-2 before Thompson secured a hat trick with his third of the contest to close the run.

UMass answered with a pair of marks during the final eight minutes of the half to cut the Albany lead to 5-4 with 3:37 left. Mooney wrapped around the goal to earn space for his eighth tally of the year before Sokol deposited an attempt into the right side from five yards away.

Using his first mark of the day, Whiteway tied the game at 5-5 with the opening goal of the second half. Whiteway, operating from behind the Albany net, sprinted in front of the cage before firing high into the right corner with 13:40 to play in the third.

After the Great Danes notched back-to-back tallies from Maloney and Lyle Thompson following Whiteway's goal, Whippen secured his team-leading 10th goal of the year to bring the Minutemen within 7-6. Whippen took control of the ball 12 yards from the goal and raced toward the right post, running through the Albany defense before settling a low shot into the net. With UMass closing the gap to one goal again, Albany responded with consecutive tallies from Derrick Eccles, Will Fuller and Kevin McNally over a span of 4:04 during the third quarter to extend the home side's advantage to 10-6, ending with 3:24 to play in the stanza.

Whiteway added his second mark of the day on a pass from Tyler to pull the Minutemen within three at the 1:25 mark of the third before Mooney notched an unassisted goal with 11:23 remaining in the contest. Ty Thompson recorded Albany's 11th tally of the game before Kyle Smith closed scoring for the Minuteman with 3:40 to play, cutting the deficit to 11-9.

Oliveri, redshirt-sophomore midfielder Ryan Izzo and junior midfielder Joe Calvello each recorded five groundballs, while Izzo and senior defender Jake Smith tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with two a piece. Calvello won 12-of-26 faceoffs for UMass.

The Great Danes led in shots, 39-35 and groundballs, 38-29. The Minutemen finished 13-of-19 on clear attempts while Albany ended 16-of-19. UMass converted its only extra-man opportunity on Whiteway's second goal of the day with 1:25 remaining in the third.

OLIVERI EARNS SECOND CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK LAUREL
UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-freshman goalie Zach 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.

MINUTEMEN WIN DEFENSIVE BATTLE AT HARVARD, 8-6
A balanced attack that featured seven Minutemen combining to net eight goals sent UMass men's lacrosse past Harvard during the Crimson's home-opener, 8-6 at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen led the Minutemen with a pair of goals while junior attack Connor Mooney and sophomore attack Grant Whiteway notched two points on one tally and an assist each. Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri earned eight saves in net to secure his third win in as many starts.

Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol netted the eventual game-winner during the third quarter, staking UMass to a 7-3 lead with 12:32 remaining in the stanza. Sokol keyed in from 10 yards away completing the play despite being checked to the turf during his shot. Whippen closed scoring for UMass following a pass from Mooney to extend the advantage back to three in the fourth, 8-5 with 5:36 to play.

Senior attack Kyle Smith, senior midfielder K.R. Jurgelevich and sophomore attack Sean Cleary also contributed a goal each to the team effort. The Minutemen defense, led by starters Jake Smith, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Kyle Karaska, forced 17 Harvard turnovers.

OLIVERI NETS A PAIR OF WEEKLY HONORS
Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach 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 Zach 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 Zach 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 five contests on the current campaign, Smith has nine groundballs and six caused turnovers while helping limit opponents to 10.00 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.

MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
Despite currently being sidelined with an injury, senior attack Will Manny still 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. 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 through games on Tuesday, March 5 and tied for eighth in career hat tricks (16) and 14th in goals scored with 94 as of competition on Wednesday, March 6.

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.

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 Zach 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 50 goals scored through five 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 10 goals, chipping in a trio of assists for 13 points. Sokol is close behind Whippen with 12 points, tallying eight 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 four goals so far, recording one each during the opening four contests.

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 so far this season. 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 33 of the 53 goals (62.3 percent) and 43 of the 80 points (53.8 percent) recorded by the Minutemen.

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 SINGLE-SEASON 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 72-21 record at Garber since the beginning of the 2002 season (77.4 win percentage). 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.

When playing at Garber Field, the Minutemen have held opponents to fewer than 10 goals in a game during 12 of the previous 13 home contests ending in regulation, with the lone game allowing more than single-digits was UMass' thrilling triple-overtime victory, 11-10 vs. Drexel on April 16, 2011. The last time the Minutemen gave up at least 10 goals against in a regulation contest at home was during the 2012 CAA Tournament Championship Game, an 18-12 victory over Drexel on May 5. Prior to that contest, it had not happened since a 10-9 loss to Towson on April 10, 2010.

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 68.3 win percentage mark. This total includes six seasons with 12 or more wins, with a school record 15 victories last year. Nationally, Virginia leads the way with 153 wins while Duke follows closely behind with 151. The Minutemen are the only squad from the Colonial Athletic Association ranking among the top eight nationally and have averaged more than 11 wins per campaign during the span.

OVERTIME RESULTS
In defeating Penn State, 6-5 during 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 included 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 2006 season, the Minutemen have won nine of 11 games requiring extra minutes.

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.

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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