No. 14 Minutemen Begin CAA Play At No. 5 Penn State
March 13, 2014
Last Meeting: #9 Penn State 10, UMass 7; May 1, 2013
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.
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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).
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Last Time Out: Whiteway's Big Day Sends UMass By Providence
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
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
50 And 50 For Mooney And Whiteway
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
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
Home Is Where The Heart Is
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
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.