Men's Lacrosse

Minutemen To Matchup With Hartford Saturday

March 20, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 9 #11/11 Massachusetts (6-2) vs. Hartford (4-3)
 Date | Time Saturday, March 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Series History Massachusetts leads, 10-0. Last meeting: UMass 13, Hartford 11; March 23, 2013
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The Last Meeting
March 23, 2013
West Hartford, Conn.
Kyle Smith's Career Day Sends UMass By Hartford, 13-11
UMass men's lacrosse senior attack Kyle Smith produced a single-game career high six goals as the Minutemen recorded a 13-11 victory at Hartford on Saturday evening. Heading into the fourth quarter tied at 11, Smith notched the final pair of goals to send UMass away from Al-Marzook Field victorious.

Last Meeting: Massachusetts 13, Hartford 11; March 23, 2013
UMass senior attack Kyle Smith produced a single-game career high six goals as the Minutemen recorded a 13-11 victory at Hartford. Heading into the fourth quarter tied at 11, Smith notched the final pair of goals to send UMass away from Al-Marzook Field victorious.

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
Hartford men's lacrosse has won four of its opening seven contests in 2014, including victories over Manhattan, Quinnipiac, Richmond and Sacred Heart with its losses coming against Brown, Bryant and Siena. Head coach Peter Lawrence is in his ninth season with the program and holds a 39-85 overall record in his tenure.

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.

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 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 177-106 overall (.625 win percentage) entering play against Hartford on March 22. 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 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.

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
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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