March 22, 2013
The Last Meeting
March 10, 2012
About the 2013 season...
Started 3-0 for the 16th time in program history and third consecutive season.
Won at least two games against USILA ranked opponents for the fifth straight year and 13th time under head coach Greg Cannella.
Features a new faceoff specialist in junior Joe Calvello, who has won 83-of-144 through seven games (57.8 percent).
Returned Colin Fleming and Will Manny against #18 Penn State after four and five game absences, respectively.
Had a pair of six-point performances against Army from players recording their first collegiate points in Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol.
Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.
Features a first-year goalie in redshirt-freshman Zach Oliveri, who currently allows only 8.05 goals per game and owns a .600 save percentage.
About the 2012 season...
Finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1969.
Claimed victory in a program-record 15 contests.
Notched the best scoring margin among all NCAA Division-I teams at +5.75.
Tallied the third-best scoring defense in the NCAA, limiting opponents to just 7.19 goals per game.
Defeated four ranked opponents: #11 Ohio State, #12 Bucknell, #14 Penn State and #19 Towson.
Had six players named USILA All-Americans, including 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist Will Manny.
After dropping three consecutive contests to open the 2013 season, the Hartford Hawks have rallied with a trio of victories in succession to enter play with UMass sporting a 3-3 overall record. Hartford owns victories over Siena, 15-14; Quinnipiac, 11-10 and Sacred Heart, 10-7 during the recent stretch of wins after losses to No. 2 Maryland, Holy Cross and Brown. The Hawks are led by eighth-year head coach Peter Lawrence, who owns a 31-78 mark with the program. The Minutemen are looking for their 10th victory over Hartford in as many contests and won the only previous meeting on the road, 14-10 on Feb. 19, 2011. The last time the squads met, UMass came away victorious, 14-5 at Garber Field on March 10, 2012.
Jack Bobzien's 20 points on four goals and 16 helpers leads the squad as Bobzien is the main distributor, accounting for 43.2 percent of the team's assists (37). Andrew Cacchio and Austin Gorman follow with 12 points apiece, with Cacchio earning 11 via goals and Gorman notching seven marks and five assists. Kevin O'Shea and Rory Nunamacher are also in double-figures with 10 points each, with O'Shea tallying eight goals and a pair of helpers while Nunamacher adds seven goals and assists on three more.
Two Hawks have split time in net through six games, with Frank Piechota and Dan Zenevitch combining to allow 12.00 goals per game. Piechota has started five of his six appearances, accumulating 267:36 in net while giving up 59 goals (13.23 GAA). Piechota has turned aside 56 shots to earn a .487 save percentage and owns a 2-3 record on the year. Zenevitch has made four appearances totaling 92:19, securing an 8.45 goals-against average with 13 allowed. Zenevitch added 13 stops for a .500 save percentage while securing one victory.
Adam Yee serves as the main faceoff specialist, winning 52 of the 111 he has taken (.468 faceoff percentage) while scooping up 34 groundballs, 16 more than the next Hawk (Tate Klidonas). Overall, Hartford trails its opposition in goals, 72-53; points, 106-90; shots, 244-236; man-up goals, 10-5; groundballs, 201-160 and faceoffs won, 82-64.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE HAWKS
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, March 10, 2012, 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 on the 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.
Hartford (1-4) was led by Kevin O'Shea who had a pair of goals. Carter Bender and Ryan Compitello each posted a goal and an assist. Scott Bement took the loss making 12 saves.
The Minutemen used a big first period to jump in front of the Hawks 5-1. Ryan Izzo scored his first career goal to put the Minutemen on the scoreboard first just 63 seconds into the contest. Art Kell then added a man-up goal at the 12:29 mark before Kyle Smith, Manny and Kell all scored to put UMass up 5-0 with 2:38 left in the period.
Compitello scored with 67 seconds left in the quarter leading to a pair of O'Shea goals to start the second quarter cutting the lead to 5-3 with 11:55 until halftime.
The UMass offense then took over as Fetterly and Fleming each scored a pair of goals to spark an eight goal run. Longstick defenseman Brett Tobin scored his first career goal in transition off a Manny feed to cap the run with 9:24 left in the third giving the Minutemen a 13-3 lead.
Fleming capped his hat trick with his 10th goal of the season 58 seconds into the fourth quarter. Bender scored with 6:21 left in the game to close out the scoring for the Hawks.
COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM...
UMass men's lacrosse will have four of its contests this season featured on television, with three being broadcast on CBS 3 Now and one more appearing on ESPNU. The Minutemen will appear on the ESPN family of channels when UMass heads to Lehigh on March 20 while contests against Army (Feb. 9), #18 Penn State (March 8) and Drexel (April 13) are slated to air on CBS 3 Now.
MOST RECENT: STALWART DEFENSE LEADS UMASS TO 6-4 WIN OVER #16 LEHIGH IN ESPNU GAME OF THE WEEK
UMass men's lacrosse used a stout defensive performance over the second half to secure a 6-4 victory at No. 16 Lehigh during the ESPNU Game of the Week on Wednesday evening. Senior attack Will Manny earned a trio of goals, including the game-winner, to pace the offense while the Minutemen held the Mountain Hawks to only one tally in the final half to claim the win at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
Senior attack Kyle Smith notched a multi-point performance on a goal and assist while freshman attack Dan Muller and sophomore attack Grant Whiteway earned one mark each. Senior Jake Smith led the defense with four groundballs and a career-high four caused turnovers while junior midfielder Joe Calvello won 8-of-14 faceoffs, including seven of the final 10, and scooped up five groundballs.
Lehigh (5-4 overall) notched consecutive goals to open scoring in the contest before Kyle Smith recorded the first UMass tally of the day to cut the deficit in half. Smith moved from behind the cage and placed a shot into the top-left corner with 4:21 to play in the first.
UMass (4-4) clamped down over the remainder of the quarter to keep Lehigh to a pair of a tallies in the first, including stifling a non-releasable penalty in the final minutes. After Ryan Izzo was called for an illegal check, the Minutemen limited the Mountain Hawks to one off-target attempt while the man-up scoring opportunity ended when junior James Fahey intercepted a pass attempt by Alan Henderson.
Muller equalized the contest at two during the first minute of the second quarter. Muller drove toward the right post and shot low into the left side at the 14:18 mark, the freshman midfielder's fourth goal of the season.
Lehigh rallied with a tally from Henderson to take a 3-2 lead before the Minutemen closed out the half with a pair of goals to earn a 4-3 halftime advantage. Sophomore midfielder Brendan Schroeder earned his first collegiate assist as UMass evened the score at 3-3 with 11:39 left. Schroeder sent a pass to Whiteway at the left of the net, with Whiteway reaching out to place an attempt by Lehigh goalie Matt Poillon.
The Minutemen went ahead on Manny's first goal of the day with 3:21 to play in the second. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen started the play behind the net and sent a pass to Kyle Smith in front. Smith moved the ball to the crease on a pass to Manny, with the Massapequa, N.Y., native notching the tally on a shot at the front of the cage.
UMass doubled its lead in the third quarter on Manny's second consecutive tally. Senior midfielder Colin Fleming fired an on-target attempt that was stopped in front and looped over the cage to Manny. The senior attack snagged the ball out of the air, wrapped around the right post and shot into left side with 6:08 remaining in the quarter.
Manny added his third of the game to complete the hat trick with 5:06 remaining. Whippen held the play behind the net and directed a pass to Manny at the right post, with Manny sending a shot into the top-left for the 6-4 advantage.
Lehigh led in shots, 24-23 and groundballs, 28-26 while both squads finished 0-for-1 on man-up situations. The Minutemen forced the Mountain Hawks into 19 turnovers while committing 17. UMass redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri finished with nine saves while Poillon turned aside 13 attempts for Lehigh.
OLIVERI EARNS SECOND CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK LAUREL
UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri earned his second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week honor on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Oliveri takes home the laurel following an eight save performance at Harvard, during which the Minutemen held the Crimson to six goals for the victory.
Oliveri helped UMass to its third win of the season with three saves during the second quarter as the Minutemen built a 6-2 lead on the strength of four consecutive goals. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native also stopped a trio of attempts during the initial stanza and added two more in the fourth as UMass fought off Harvard's late rally attempt. Oliveri has the highest save percentage in the CAA through three weeks, notching a .583 mark with 35 stops against 25 goals allowed.
Oliveri was also named co-rookie of the week by the conference on Feb. 18, sharing the honor with Hofstra's Sam Llinares, who scored four goals against Sacred Heart.
MINUTEMEN WIN DEFENSIVE BATTLE AT HARVARD, 8-6
A balanced attack that featured seven Minutemen combining to net eight goals sent UMass men's lacrosse past Harvard during the Crimson's home-opener, 8-6 at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen led the Minutemen with a pair of goals while junior attack Connor Mooney and sophomore attack Grant Whiteway notched two points on one tally and an assist each. Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri earned eight saves in net to secure his third win in as many starts.
Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol netted the eventual game-winner during the third quarter, staking UMass to a 7-3 lead with 12:32 remaining in the stanza. Sokol keyed in from 10 yards away completing the play despite being checked to the turf during his shot. Whippen closed scoring for UMass following a pass from Mooney to extend the advantage back to three in the fourth, 8-5 with 5:36 to play.
Senior attack Kyle Smith, senior midfielder K.R. Jurgelevich and sophomore attack Sean Cleary also contributed a goal each to the team effort. The Minutemen defense, led by starters Jake Smith, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Kyle Karaska, forced 17 Harvard turnovers.
OLIVERI NETS A PAIR OF WEEKLY HONORS
Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri took home a pair of laurels following a stalwart performance in net for the Minutemen against No. 4 North Carolina, stopping 18 shots to earn Co-CAA Player of the Week and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week for his efforts. Oliveri's biggest save came on a potential game-tying attempt as time expired against the Tar Heels, as the Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native deflected an attempt by Greg McBride at the buzzer to seal the 12-11 victory. Oliveri shares the CAA honor with Hofstra's Sam Llinares while being joined by women's track and field star Becca Stoyle as co-honorees by UMass.
#12 UMASS EARNS COMEBACK WIN OVER #4 NORTH CAROLINA
Down 11-8 to No. 4 North Carolina entering the final quarter, the UMass men's lacrosse team used four unanswered goals to secure a 12-11 come-from-behind victory in the Southern Showdown at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Senior attack Kyle Smith and junior attack Connor Mooney paced the offense with four points on three goals and an assist each. Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri stopped 18 shots in net, including four during the final stanza when the Minutemen kept the Tar Heels off the board.
Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol pulled UMass back within one with back-to-back goals to start the fourth, the seventh time on the contest that the Minutemen were within one of tying. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway added the tying mark, one of his two tallies against the Tar Heels, on an attempt at the crease, completing the play while being knocked to the ground. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen added a goal and an assist while sophomore attack Sean Cleary notched one mark while senior midfielder Bobby Tyler added one helper.
UMASS OPENS 2013 WITH 16-9 VICTORY OVER ARMY
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team kicked off the current season with a 16-9 decision over Army at Garber Field on Sunday, Feb. 10. Delayed one day do to severe winter weather in the Northeast, the Minutemen recorded six-point games from junior Matt Whippen (five goals, one assist) and freshman Andrew Sokol (three goals, three assists) to help secure the victory. Senior K.R. Jurgelevich notched the eventual game-winner in the third quarter and redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri stopped nine shots in between the pipes to record his first collegiate victory in his first appearance and start for the Minutemen.
DUO APPROACHES DIFFERENT CENTURY MARKS
With 53 appearances and 37 starts, senior attack Kyle Smith stands only four points away from reaching 100 for his collegiate career following a breakout season as a junior. Smith, who leads the team with 19 points on 12 goals and seven assists through eight games this year, has secured 96 points on 61 tallies and 35 helpers with the Minutemen. After finishing with 10 points as a freshman, Smith added 15 more as a sophomore in 2010 before notching 52 on 33 goals and 19 assists last season. Smith would become the second active Minuteman owning at least 100 career points, joining classmate Will Manny, who has 173.
With classmate Kyle Smith working towards 100 career points, Manny is approaching 100 collegiate goals following a strong return from injury. Opening the season with 93 career goals, Manny has record four in three appearances this season to move with three tallies of entering the 100-goals club, a mark only five other members of UMass' top-10 all-time scorers have achieved.
MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
Despite missing five games this season due to injury, senior attack Will Manny still stands among the top offensive performers in the nation as the 2013 season progresses after a trio of successful campaigns at the collegiate level. Manny owns 173 points on 97 goals and 76 assists, 10th all-time in points among Minutemen. Nationally, Manny also ranks among the most prolific scorers in college lacrosse, placing third for career assists, eighth in career hat tricks (18) and tied for 14th in goals through Wednesday, March 20.
NEW FACE IN NET
After redshirting the 2012 season, freshman Zach Oliveri is in his first season competing with the Minutemen and has adjusted to the college game immediately, earning a spot among the CAA and national leaders in multiple categories. Through Colonial Athletic Association games on March 20, 2013, Oliveri ranks second among starters with a .600 save percentage and third with an 8.05 goals against average. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native's success places him among the top-25 nationally in goalkeeping, ranking Oliveri seventh in save percentage (.592), 13th in saves per game (12.43) and 14th for goals against average (8.63) through games of March 17.
SUCCESS FROM THE START
In his first year as the main faceoff specialist for the Minutemen, junior midfielder Joe Calvello ranks among the top performers in the country for the category. As of the March 19 NCAA reporting release, Calvello stands 14th nationally with a .576 faceoff percentage while the Naperville, Ill., native's 83 faceoff victories is the 12th highest in Division I. Calvello is also one of only two faceoff men in the top-15 competing in his first season as the top specialist on his respective team, joining Georgetown's Tyler Knarr (fifth, .639). Calvello's ability to control the X leads UMass to own the 13th-highest team percentage in the nation (.568), as the junior had taken 144-of-148 faceoffs for the squad (97.3 percent). Following competition at #16 Lehigh on March 20, 2013, Calvello stayed at .576 for the season with an 8-for-14 performance, moving the junior's season total to 91-for-158 as Calvello owns 158 of the 162 faceoffs taken by the squad (97.5 percent).
FINDING THE OPEN MINUTEMAN
In his final season with the Minutemen, senior midfielder Bobby Tyler currently leads the squad with nine assists through eight games, the tied for the third-highest total in the Colonial Athletic Association through games on March 20. Tyler has stepped into an expanded roll in dishing out the ball as a senior, eclipsing his previous single-season career high total of six set as a junior during the March 5 contest at Albany, the fifth game of the season. After recording a single-game personal-best four assists during UMass' win over Army on Feb. 10, the Hudson, Ohio, native has performed consistently in dishing out the ball, notching at least one helper in four additional games.
MANNY PLACED ON 2013 TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
Will Manny was named one of 67 nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award and one of five hailing from the Colonial Athletic Association, as announced by the foundation responsible for issuing the laurel on Feb. 22. Manny, a 2012 finalist for the honor, entered the campaign three points shy of joining the UMass men's lacrosse top-10 for the category, with 167 on 93 goals and 74 assists. The Massapequa, N.Y., native, who was also named the CAA and NEILA Preseason Player of the Year, is currently sidelined with a thumb injury but is expected to return later this season.
THE YOUTH MOVEMENT
With the limited playing time of seniors Will Manny and Colin Fleming due to injury, new faces to the lineup have stepped into expanded roles up front, leading the squad to four victories so far this season, including two over team ranked in the USILA Top-20. Competing alongside veterans in senior attack Kyle Smith, junior attack Connor Mooney and senior midfielders K.R. Jurgelevich and Bobby Tyler, players with less than two full seasons in the lineup own 37 of the 68 goals (54.4 percent) and 51 of the 106 points (48.1 percent) recorded by the Minutemen. A player-by-player scoring breakdown is available in the printable version of the weekly notes.
WHIPPEN TAKES HOME CAA, UMASS LAURELS
Junior midfielder Matt Whippen tallied Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday, Feb. 11, in recognition of his explosive play on the attack as the Minutemen downed Army, 16-9 on Sunday. The laurels mark the first of Whippen's career and come after the junior tallied five goals and an assist in the team's season-opening victory at Garber Field.
Whippen proved instrumental in the Sunday victory, tying with teammate Andrew Sokol with a game-high six points. Whippen recorded his first collegiate point on a goal during the opening quarter to put UMass in the scoring column and knot the contest at 1-1 with 10:49 remaining. Whippen went on to add a trio of goals during the decisive second and third quarters as the Minutemen built a 13-8 lead entering the final stanza. The Chelmsford, Mass., native then secured the initial tally of the fourth quarter before assisting Kyle Smith on the final goal of the game.
Dating back to last season, Whippen was the fourth consecutive UMass men's lacrosse player to receive at least a share of the CAA Player of the Week honor, with now-senior Will Manny taking home the final 2012 season award on April 30. He shares the UMass Co-Athlete of the Week award with men's basketball point guard Chaz Williams.
"GARBER'S GORILLAS" EXPLAINED
For the past 48 years, the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has held the unofficial nickname of "Gorillas." In 1965, UMass took in its first high-profile recruit, Kevin O'Connor, from New York. His girlfriend, poking a bit of fun at the relatively diminutive size of the Minutemen players at the time, drew a picture of a gorilla donning a lacrosse helmet with a stick in its hand. The art major and members of the team made stickers of the newly adopted moniker and put them everywhere, including their helmets. Thus, the nickname, "Garber's Gorillas" and style of play, "Gorilla Lacrosse" were born.
MINUTEMEN RECEIVE PRESEASON RECOGNITION
The Minutemen received high praise from the Colonial Athletic Association and national polls during the 2013 preseason, with the squad expected to challenge for the CAA Title and an NCAA Tournament berth yet again. The CAA picked UMass to win the conference ahead of Penn State (picked 2nd), Drexel and Hofstra (t-3rd), Delaware (5th), Towson (6th) and Saint Joseph's (7th).
During the announcement, the CAA also recognized senior attack Will Manny as the preseason conference player of the year while tabbing Colin Fleming, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Jake Smith to join Manny on the preseason all-CAA listing.
Nationally, the Minutemen are featured in each of the major polls, including ranking 12th in the USILA Coaches Ranking and 13th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20.
ALL WE DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN
The University of Massachusetts has established itself as one of the top programs in the nation, and since 2001, UMass has accumulated the seventh-most wins of any program in college lacrosse with 128 victories and a 67.4 win percentage mark. This total includes six seasons with 12 or more wins, with a school record 15 victories last year. Nationally, Duke leads the way with 156 wins while Virginia follows closely behind with 153. The Minutemen are the only squad from the Colonial Athletic Association ranking among the top eight nationally and have averaged more than 11 wins per campaign during the span.
In defeating Penn State, 6-5 during overtime on March 31, 2007, the Minutemen started off an eight-game win streak when the contest is tied at the end of regulation. The run of eight straight victories included a thrilling three-OT win over Drexel, 11-10 on April 16, 2011 and a 9-8 decision over No. 14 Penn State to improve to 7-0 on March 17, 2012. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won nine of 11 games requiring extra minutes.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!
Garber Field has proven to be one of the toughest home field advantages in all of college lacrosse. Set within the UMass tree-lined campus and adjacent to the historic Curry Hicks Cage, the Minutemen have posted a 73-23 record at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season (76.0 win percentage). UMass was a scoring machine at home during the 2012 campaign, posting 126 goals (14.0 per game) while allowing just 63 against (7.0 per game) and continued the trend with 16 goals scored against Army while only allowing nine to the Black Knights in the 2013 season-opener.
When playing at Garber Field, the Minutemen have held opponents to fewer than 10 goals in a game during 13 of the previous 14 home contests ending in regulation, with the lone game allowing more than single-digits was UMass' thrilling triple-overtime victory, 11-10 vs. Drexel on April 16, 2011. The last time the Minutemen gave up at least 10 goals against in a regulation contest at home was during the 2012 CAA Tournament Championship Game, an 18-12 victory over Drexel on May 5. Prior to that contest, it had not happened since a 10-9 loss to Towson on April 10, 2010.
NEILA NAMES TRIO TO PRESEASON LISTING
The New England Interscholastic Lacrosse Association (NEILA) selected three Minutemen for the organization's preseason all-Division I listing on Monday afternoon. Seniors Colin Fleming, Will Manny and Jake Smith were among those highlighted from across New England, with Manny being named the Player of the Year while all three were featured on the All-NEILA Team.
Manny had a goal during the season-opener against Army and entered 2013 ranking 11th all-time on the UMass scoring list with 167 points on 93 goals and 74 assists. Manny suffered a broken thumb prior to the Minutemen's victory over North Carolina and was unable to compete in the win over the No. 4 nationally ranked Tar Heels.
Fleming, who was drafted into Major League Lacrosse with Manny and Smith during the 2013 preseason, finished fourth in goals and points on the Minutemen squad last year, finishing with 26 tallies and eight assists for 34 points. The 6-foot-6 senior from Bryn Mawr, Pa., entered his senior campaign with 56 career points on 42 goals and 14 helpers.
In his third year as a starter, Smith began 2013 with 31 starts in 37 total appearances and had scooped up 53 career balls while causing 37 turnovers during his first three seasons with the Minutemen. Through six contests on the current campaign, Smith has 11 groundballs and six caused turnovers while helping limit opponents to 9.47 goals per game.
TRIO DRAFTED INTO MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE
UMass men's lacrosse seniors Will Manny, Jake Smith and Colin Fleming were selected with the 14th, 30th and 49th picks, respectively, during the 2013 Major League Lacrosse draft held in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 11. Manny and Smith will continue to compete together following the conclusion of their Minutemen careers as both were taken by the Boston Cannons, while Fleming heads to Ohio to join the Machine this summer.
Manny was the first of the group selected during the draft, with Boston nabbing the 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist in the second round with the 14th pick of the day. Manny is the active points leader on the Minutemen with 167 entering the 2013 campaign on the strength of 93 goals and 74 assists. The 2010 CAA Rookie of the Year and 2012 Player of the Year was the first of eight CAA student-athletes taken during the draft.
Boston followed two rounds later with their second selection from UMass, taking Smith 30th overall. Smith, a two-year starter on the Minutemen defense, owns 43 groundballs and 37 caused turnovers in three seasons with the team, helping UMass hold opponents to just 7.19 goals per game during the 2012 campaign.
Fleming rounded out the trio, as the 6-foot-6 senior was selected with the first pick of the seventh round and 49th overall on the evening by the Ohio Machine. Fleming had a breakout season in 2012 to help UMass to its Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships, tallying 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists. Fleming will start his senior campaign with 56 career points on 42 goals and 14 assists. The selection marks the second consecutive season Ohio has drafted a Minuteman, after the Machine picked up 2012 graduate Anthony Biscardi during last season's selection process.
An experienced and talented trio of long poles, anchored by goalie Tim McCormack turned in one of the best defensive seasons in program history in 2012. UMass allowed double-figure scoring just three times all season while forcing opponents into more turnovers than the Minutemen in 11-of-16 games. Of the top-25 point producers in the country, UMass faced nine of them, holding six in the group to two points or fewer in games against the Minutemen.
Carrying the trend into the 2013 season despite changes in net, at close defense and among the defensive midfield, the Minutemen continue to limit opponents, especially during the previous three contests. The Minutemen are tied with Hofstra for the most contests allowing single-digits goals this season, six, among all CAA schools as UMass has held foes to 8.48 goals per game through eight contests, dropping that number to just 6.00 given up over the last three contests.
UMASS SETS SINGLE-SEASON WINS RECORD
The wins over Towson and Drexel in the CAA Championship Tournament marked yet another milestone for the 2012 Minutemen as the 15 victories marked a single-season program record. The previous mark was 13, which UMass achieved on four occasions, most recently in 2005 and 2006.
The 15 wins on the year also tied for the 15th-most in NCAA history. The all-time NCAA record for wins in a season is 18, accomplished by Duke in 2008.
FIRST AND FOREMOST
UMass entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament as the nation's No. 1 team in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches rankings. The Minutemen were seven points ahead of Loyola and captured 8-of-9 first place votes in the coaches poll. In the media poll, UMass was also seven points in front of Loyola and held 14-of-18 first place votes. The updated poll marked the second straight week and the third time in the previous four that UMass was No. 1 in the country.
At No. 1 in the April 16 USILA Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the April 16 Media Poll, the UMass men's lacrosse program achieved its highest national ranking ever. Prior to being ranked No. 2 for three weeks (March 27 - April 9), the previous high for a national ranking was No. 3, which the Minutemen did this season, in 2003 and in 2001.
TRIO ONLY GROUP TO REACH 50 POINTS IN NCAA
UMass boasted one of the top scoring offenses overall in the country in 2012, but its key trademark is a balance among the trio of Will Manny, Art Kell and Kyle Smith. Manny led the group with a team-high 77 points, while Kell and Smith finished with 53 and 52, respectively. With the dynamic group, UMass was the only team in the country to have three players with 50 or more points in the scoring column. The 182 combined points from the trio accounted for 52.9 percent of UMass' total (344) while the trio added110 of UMass' 207 goals scored (53.1).
THE SPECIAL TEAMS IMPACT
UMass was paced by strong special teams play throughout the 2012 season. With the man-up advantage, the Minutemen converted at a 39.7 percent clip, which ranked 19th in the NCAA. The man-down unit completed phenomenal work over the final seven games allowing opponents to convert just 7-of-46 (15.2 percent) extra-man opportunities. For the season, UMass ranked 4th in the NCAA in man-down defense at 75.9 percent (63-of-83 killed).
Despite the changes to the lineup, the Minutemen transferred this strength into shutting down a potent offense during their 2013 season-opening contest against Army. UMass limited the Black Knights, including two-time USILA All-American Garrett Thul, to just 1-for-5 (20.0 percent) on man-up opportunities as the Minutemen notched a 16-9 victory.