No. 3 UMass Opens CAA Play At No. 14 Penn State •After a pair of games last year decided by a goal each, No. 3 UMass heads to No. 14 Penn State in the CAA-opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at the Penn State Lacrosse Field. The game will feature a pair of the league’s top rated goalies in Tim McCormack of UMass and Austin Kaut of Penn State. Kaut along with UMass’ Will Manny were named the CAA Preseason Co-Players of the Year. •Kaut and the Nittany Lion defense will have to contend with the formidable offensive threat that the Minutemen have produced this season. UMass has the 7th ranked scoring offense nationally averaging 12.5 goals per game. •Fans can listen to the game on 91.1 FM WMUA as Ryan Murray and Norm Smith call the action. Links to the broadcast online can be found at UMassAthletics.com along with live stats. •A live video stream of home games and select road games will be available during the year through UMass All-Access which is a subscription based service. The streaming video works best on a high-speed internet connection. Monthly packages begin at $9.95 which includes all games from sponsored CBS College Sports-affiliated schools.
Last Time Out: Win Over Hartford •A pair of hat tricks from Art Kell and Colin Fleming paced the offense, while the Minutemen defense clamped down on the Hawks in the No. 5 UMass men’s lacrosse team’s 14-5 win over Hartford on Saturday at Garber Field. For the sixth straight time this season, the UMass defense gave up under 10 goals while goalie Tim McCormack made 11 saves to improve the Minutemen to 6-0 this season. Kell added an assist on the day for a total of four points. Will Manny posted a six-point day with a pair of goals and four assists. Bobby Tyler scored a goal and added two assists, while Mike Fetterly scored a pair of goals.
Up Next: Vs. Harvard (Tuesday, March 27) •The Minutemen hold a 29-13 lead in the all-time series with Harvard. The Minutemen have won nine of the last 13 games dating to 1999. • The teams played every year for the past 42 consecutive years from 1970 to 2011. UMass won eight contests in a row from 1972 to 1979. UMass has won 10 of the 19 games played in Amherst.
Last Meeting vs. Penn State •UMass and Penn State last met in University Park last May for the CAA Semifinals with the Minutemen coming away with a dramatic 10-9 overtime win. Reed Goodhue made his first career save in the final seconds of regulation after Tim McCormack was penalized sparking the Minutemen for the overtime period. Anthony Biscardi scored the game-winning goal just 1:37 into the extra frame capping a furious comeback rally for UMass.