March 10, 2014
The Last Meeting
March 15, 2011
#10 UMass Lacrosse Tops Providence, 14-6
The No. 10 UMass men's lacrosse team moved to 5-1 on the season with a 14-6 win at Providence on Tuesday afternoon. The Minutemen outscored the Friars, 7-1 in the second half. Senior captain Ryan Hantverk and junior Art Kell each scored three goals while juniors Anthony Biscardi and Steve D'Amario along with sophomore Colin Fleming each netted a pair of goals.
Last Meeting: #10 UMass 14, Providence 6; March 15, 2011
The No. 10 UMass men's lacrosse team moved to 5-1 on the 2011 season with a 14-6 win at Providence on Tuesday, March 15. The Minutemen outscored the Friars, 7-1 in the second half. Ryan Hantverk and Art Kell each scored three goals while Anthony Biscardi and Steve D'Amario along with Colin Fleming each netted a pair of goals.
Fleming finished with a then-career-high four points as he also had two assists. Will Manny added a goal and two assists for three points. The defense buckled up in the second half with senior goalie Tim McCormack finishing with nine saves.
UMass outscored Providence 5-1 in the third quarter on tallies by five different players in the period for a 12-6 lead after three. Mael Walkowiak netted his second-career goal on a man-down score off a feed from Bobby Tyler, just 52 seconds in the third. Kell, D'Amario, Fleming and Biscardi also scored. The final two goals in the last four minutes were reciprocal feeds from Fleming and Biscardi for goals.
With the score deadlocked at 2-2, midway through the first quarter, UMass scored five of the next six goals to take a 7-3 lead with 5:11 left in the second quarter. Will Manny gave UMass a four-goal edge on an extra-man tally off a pass from Fleming.
Scouting Providence Men's Lacrosse
The Providence men's lacrosse program enters competition against the Minutemen with a 3-2 overall record, which includes three road wins at Boston University, 10-7, Fairfield, 14-11 and Vermont, 8-6. Head coach Chris Gabrielli, a 2001 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, is in his second season as the team leader and sports an 11-10 overall mark.
Sean Wright paces the attack with 17 points while Andrew Barton and Alex Corboy add 16 apiece. Wright has 10 tallies and seven assists while Corboy owns the most goals of all Friars with 14. Barton has split his points evenly, with eight goals and as many assists. Combined, the trio owns 49 of Providence's 75 points (65.3 percent), including 32 of the 51 goals (62.7 percent) and 17 of the 24 assists (70.8 percent).
The Friars have made use of three goalies, though Tyler Himes has controlled the cage as the starter in all five games and has played 268:38 of a possible 300 minutes. Himes holds a 10.27 goals-against average and .489 save percentage with all five decisions.
Providence has tied its opposition in goals scored as both sides have 51, but foes hold more points on the season, 86-75 due to a 35-24 margin in assists. The Friars have attempts more shots, 192-168 but have lost the groundball battle, 162-151 and have won just 47-of-121 faceoffs (.388 win percentage).
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 175-105 overall (.625 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 75-24 record (75.8 win percentage) at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season.
The squad has won at least four home games in 11 of the last 14 seasons, including a program-record 10 victories in 2003 and another nine wins in Amherst, Mass., during 2012.
On The Mark
Nick Mariano has put 20 shots on-target through five games and has netted goals on 15 of them, giving him a conversion rate of 75.0 percent when directing his attempt at the cage. Overall, Mariano has taken a team-leading 31 shots thus far - giving him a goal on 48.4 percent of his total shots.