Men's Lacrosse

No. 14 Minutemen Begin CAA Play At No. 5 Penn State

March 13, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 7 #14/15 Massachusetts (5-1) at #5/7 Penn State (3-2)
 Date | Time Saturday, March 15, 2014 | Noon
 Location PSU Lacrosse Field | University Park, Pa.
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 Series History UMass leads, 10-6. Last meeting: #9 Penn St. 10, UMass 7; May 1, 2013 (CAA Semifinal)
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The Last Meeting
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May 1, 2013
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Men's Lacrosse Suffers 10-7 Loss To No. 9 Penn State In CAA Semifinals
After entering the fourth quarter tied, UMass men's lacrosse dropped its Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinal contest to top seed and No. 9 nationally ranked Penn State, 10-7 on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway led the squad at PSU Lacrosse Field with three goals while senior attack Will Manny chipped in three points on one tally and a pair of assists.

Last Meeting: #9 Penn State 10, UMass 7; May 1, 2013
After entering the fourth quarter tied, UMass dropped its CAA Tournament semifinal to top seed and No. 9 nationally ranked Penn State, 10-7 on Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Grant Whiteway led the squad at PSU Lacrosse Field with three goals while Will Manny chipped in one tally and a pair of assists.

Connor Mooney secured a duo of goals while Bobby Tyler dished out two assists. Kyle Smith rounded out the scoring group with one goal. Joe Calvello won 13-of-21 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high five groundballs for the Minutemen.

With play knotted at 6-6 entering the final quarter, Penn State secured four consecutive goals to push in front, 10-6 with 5:18 to play. Shane Sturgis led the Nittany Lions with four goals and an assist while Jack Forster and T.J. Sanders added two a piece. Forster started the run of consecutive tallies with 12:11 to play, giving the home side a 7-6 lead. Sanders added his set of tallies between Sturgis' final goal to cap the scoring spree.

Scouting Penn State Men's Lacrosse
Penn State hold a 3-2 record entering CAA competition against the Minutemen and are ranked No. 5 nationally by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Penn State has wins over No. 4 Notre Dame, No. 19 Ohio State and Michigan with its losses coming against No. 12 Loyola in overtime and at No. 9 Denver.

Shane Sturgis leads the team with 29 points on an NCAA-best 21 goals and eight assists. TJ Sanders follows with 13 points (10 goals, three assists) while Kyle VanThof adds seven goals and five assists for 12 points.

Austin Kaut, the CAA Preseason Player of the Year, has played 280:04 in net for the Nittany Lions and sports a 9.64 goals-against average with a .483 save percentage. Penn State has found success at the faceoff X on the strength of Drake Kreinz's 64-for-101 start (63.4 percent). Kreinz leads the Nittany Lions with 41 groundballs and contributes three points through a goal and two assists. Cole Yeager has also rotated into the lineup at faceoff and has won 15 of his 24 taken (62.5 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.

Last Time Out: Whiteway's Big Day Sends UMass By Providence
Grant Whiteway scored seven goals and assisted on one other to spearhead the No. 14 UMass attack during its 16-11 defeat of Providence at Garber Field on Tuesday, March 15. Connor Mooney surged on offense as well as the senior produced seven points through three goals and four assists.

Joe Calvello controlled the faceoff X for the Minutemen as he won 21-of-30 attempts and scooped up a single-game program record 18 groundballs to help secure the victory - the most picked up by one player in a game across NCAA Division I men's lacrosse this year.

Whiteway opened the game with back-to-back goals in a span of 51 seconds to put the Minutemen in front, 2-0. The Billerica, Mass., native broke the scoreless tie at the 13-minute, 33-second mark following a pass from Mooney. He added an unassisted tally with 12:42 remaining in the first quarter to double the UMass advantage.

Mooney added a dramatic goal with one second left in the opening quarter to extend the lead to 6-2, but the Friars cut it to two goals at the half.

However, Whiteway nullified the Providence rally attempt with five goals during the second half, including two in the span of 51 seconds following the break. Mooney facilitated Whiteway's third goal of the day and the first scored in the third period at the 13:58 mark while Rob Lynott found Whiteway open at 13:07 to push the lead back to four goals at 8-4. Providence did not pull within three of tying during the remainder of the game.

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 now owns more than 175 career wins. Cannella has led the Minutemen since the 1995 season and has won 10 or more games during seven campaigns while he has guided the Minutemen to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. Cannella is 176-105 overall (.626 win percentage) entering play at No. 5/7 Penn State on March 15. His 175th career win came in the 15-2 victory at Brown on March 1.

50 And 50 For Mooney And Whiteway
Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway each recorded a milestone during the win over Providence as Mooney hit the 50-goals scored mark while Whiteway reached 50 points in his career.

Mooney totaled his 50th with the final goal scored by the Wilbraham, Mass., native against the Friars, notched unassisted with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Whiteway earned his 50th point as a Minuteman when he netted his seventh goal of the day with 6:04 to play against Providence, extending UMass' lead to 14-10 after the Friars had tallied three straight goals.

Calvello Goes Above And Beyond
Joe Calvello broke the program record for groundballs in a game when he scooped up 18 vs. Providence on March 11. He bested the previous program mark of 13, when he won a faceoff against Ryan Shaw with 33 seconds left to play in the third quarter against the Friars and picked up the ensuing loose ball.

Calvello's name is the only one to appear more than twice among the top single-game groundball totals while he is the only Minutemen to pick up at least 12 in three different contests.

The 18 groundballs picked up against Providence set the single-game mark for most by one player during one game in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse this season.

Hats Off To You
Grant Whiteway has showed a penchant for scoring in bunches, resulting in a team-leading six hat tricks earned since the beginning of the 2013 season. Whiteway leads a quintet of Minutemen with at least one game with three or more goals. Connor Mooney follows with five while Nick Mariano owns a trio and Matt Whippen has two. Andrew Sokol rounds out the group with one.

Overtime Results
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 UMass has posted a 76-24 record (76.0 win pct) 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.

Whiteway Joins The Seven Goals In A Game Group
Grant Whiteway's seven goals scored against Providence marked a single-game best for the junior, made him the only current Minuteman to notch as many in one game and put him only one from tying the program mark for the most scored in one contest.

The last Minuteman to have as many in one game was Will Manny when he netted seven at Army on Feb. 10, 2012 - marking a span of 34 games between the individual performances.

A trio of former men's lacrosse players are tied for the program record of eight goals. Larry Treadwell scored eight against Trinity on May 12, 1959, Tom Malone had as many versus New Hampshire on May 6, 1969 and Robert Codignatto scored eight times against Army on April 21, 1990.



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