Minutemen To Matchup With Hartford Saturday
March 20, 2014
Last Meeting: Massachusetts 13, Hartford 11; March 23, 2013
Smith accounted for the first set of UMass tallies and final four Minutemen marks, matching the second-half output of Hartford. Grant Whiteway secured four points on three tallies and an assist while Will Manny added one goal to go with a pair of helpers.
Smith added his fourth goal with 5:59 left in the third to push to lead to 11-9, unleashing a hard shot from eight yards away; however, the Hawks recorded back-to-back goals over the remainder of the stanzas to tie it at 11-11.
After three quarters of back-and-forth scoring runs, the final potion of competition featured defensive stands by each side before Smith's single game career-high fifth goal gave UMass a 12-11 lead. Manny found Smith at the crease, with Smith converting the eventual game-winning goal while being pushed to the ground at the 3:50 mark. The Minutemen stayed on the attack after taking the lead, resulting in Smith's sixth tally of the day only 2:35 later.
Scouting Hartford Men's Lacrosse
Kevin O'Shea leads Hartford with 27 points on 18 goals and nine assists as the junior attackman holds the top spot among Hawks for goals, assists, points, shots (83), shots on goal (41) and turnovers (20). Andrew Cacchio adds 14 points (13 goals, one assist) while Jaedon Henderson has 11 points through five goals and six assists. Tate Klidonas rounds out the quarter of double-digit scorers with 10 points through six goals and four helpers.
Hartford is without the assistance of 2013 leading-scorer Jack Bobzien, who transferred to Denver after recording 48 points on 15 goals and 33 assists as a freshman.
Frank Piechota is back for his redshirt-senior season in the cage. Piechota has an 8.35 goals-against average and .520 save percentage over seven appearances and as many starts. Piechota has played 430:55 of a possible 434:29 minutes in net.
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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.
At the time, the 18 groundballs picked up against Providence set the single-game mark for most by one player during one contest in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse this season. It now ties him with Georgetown's Tyler Knarr for second behind Kevin Massa's 20 for Bryant.
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.
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