#14 UMass Heads to Harvard For New England Clash
#14 UMass Heads to Harvard For New England Clash
The Crimson are among the highest scoring teams in the nation with 12.0 goals per game. While UMass is among the best on the defensive end, allowing just 7.6 goals per game.
In The Polls
Harvard is among "others receiving votes" in the USILA Poll and is 20th in the Inside Lacrosse/Media Poll.
A number of UMass opponents are ranked in the Top 20 in the polls: Hofstra (No. 10 USILA/No. 8 IL), Army (No. 9/No. 9), Ohio State (No. 17/No. 19), Delaware (No. 18/No. 18), Penn State (No. 20/RV), Harvard (RV/No. 20). Also receiving votes are Albany and Drexel.
Last Meeting: March 13, 2010
It was a game of runs following halftime as the teams were tied at 6-6 after 30 minutes.
Jeff Cohen opened the second half with Harvard's third extra-man goal of the game to give the Crimson a 7-6 lead 1:44 into the period.
UMass then responded with three goals in a row to take a 9-7 lead as Manny netted his second of the day off a feed from Kell with 7:39 left in the third quarter. That was the second of two UMass goals in eight seconds, as Kell had been set up by senior long-pole Will Jeffery off a turnover at 7:47. Greg Rushing won one of his 14 face-offs on the day to set up Manny's fastbreak goal and a two-goal margin.
Harvard answered UMass in a big way reeling off seven goals in a row over a 16-minute span. Cohen began the splurge with another man-up goal with 7:12 left in the third and before the Minutemen were able to gain themselves, they were down by five at 14-9 with 5:59 left in regulation. Terry White was huge in the run scoring all three of his goals in the game and assisting Kevin Vaughan's goal -- the final in the 7-0 run with just under six minutes left in the game.
The Minutemen showed their mettle late in the game, never giving up as Steve D'Amario scored off a feed from Casey Rahn to start the four-goal burst with 4:31 left in the fourth. Kell tallied back-to-back goals at 3:09 and 1:21 as the Minutemen's defense pressured the Crimson into several turnovers. With face-off man Rushing having another solid game, the Minutemen drew to within one at 14-13 on Manny's third of the game off a quick feed from Bobby Hayes in transition.
UMass had a chance to tie the game, but lost control of the ball deep in Harvard's zone with just seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Series With Harvard
UMass has won 13 straight meetings (and 19 of the last 20) away from home in the all-time series. Overall, UMass is 19-3 in games played in Cambridge.
The teams played every year for the past 41 seasons consecutive years, from 1970 to 2010. UMass won eight contests in a row from 1972 to 1979. UMass has won 10 of the 19 games played in Amherst.
Back in 2006, in the second-to-last game at Garber between the teams, the Minutemen won 12-7 on March 11. That game saw head coach Greg Cannella win his 100th career game at UMass. All-American Sean Morris continued to pile up the points as he had two goals and five assists for seven points.
Big Winners Over Last 10 Years UMass has established itself as one of the top programs in the nation. Since 2001, UMass has the eighth-most wins of any program in college lacrosse with 104 victories, tied with Princeton.
The Minutemen have the eighth-best win mark among all teams in the NCAA since 2001 with 104-53 record for a 66.2 win percentage mark. That includes five seasons with 12 or more wins including a school record 13 wins in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The Minutemen were second on the list coming into the 2007 season.
Virginia leads the way (129-39, 76.8) in most wins and highest percentage. No. 2 is Duke (125-48, 72.3), Syracuse is tied with the Blue Devils (125-37, 77.0) with No. 4 Johns Hopkins (118-39, 75.1), No. 5 Maryland (115-49, 70.5), No. 6 Cornell (111-42, 72.6), No. 7 is Georgetown (105-44, 70.5) and UMass is tied with No. 8 Princeton (104-47, 68.9). UMass is ahead of Navy (102-54, 65.1) in terms of wins.
Lucky Numbers 10, 11, 13 UMass has won 13 straight meetings (and 19 of the last 20) away from home in the all-time series. Overall, UMass is 19-3 in games played in Cambridge.
UMass has won 72 of its last 73 games when scoring 13 goals (98.6 win percentage), with a 14-6 win at Providence (3/15) and a 14-10 win over Hartford (2/19) this year. UMass was 3-1 last year when tallying 13 or more.
When scoring 11 goals or more, UMass has won 53 of its last 55 games, a 96.4 win percentage. This season, UMass has three games with 11-plus goals. The Minutemen had at least 11 goals in the first eight games of the 2010 season with a 6-2 record.
UMass had won 45 games in a row when scoring 11 or more goals until falling at Yale, 13-12 on March 5, 2010. The Minutemen also lost to Harvard, 14-13 last season on March 13, marking the most goals UMass scored in a loss since a 16-15 defeat to Delaware on April 15, 1995. UMass had won 67 games in a row when scoring 13 or more goals.
UMass is 43-3 in its last 46 games when scoring double-figures, (93.5 win percentage) with wins over Hartford, Ohio State and Providence this year after posting an mark 8-2 last year. UMass had won 29 games in a row when scoring 10 or more goals, but that streak was snapped with a 11-10 loss to Hofstra on Feb. 21, 2009. The Minutemen were 29-0 when scoring 10 or more goals from 2004-09. Prior to the loss at Hofstra, the last loss when scoring 10 goals came on May 1, 2004, a 17-10 loss at Syracuse.).
Hantverk is a returning starting midfielder, who tallied 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists last season. Rahn is the team's top long-stick defensive midfielder. he scooped 32 groundballs and caused nine turnovers a season ago.
McCormack returns for his second season as the backtop after starting all 14 games last season. He posted a 10.13 goals against average and a 52.3 save percentage with the 8-6 record.
UMass On TV Six Times
UMass will also play on CBS 3 Now on March 5 vs. Brown at 1 p.m.; March 19 vs. Penn State at 12 p.m., April 16 vs. Drexel at 1 p.m., and April 29 vs. Delaware on April 29 at 7 p.m. The Feb. 26 home game vs. Ohio State will not be shown on CBS 3 Now, due to a conflict with the UMass. women's basketball game.
All six home games will be available online as part of UMass All-Access. Select road games could also be shown on UMass All-Access. Those will be determined closer to the game dates.
In addition to the five games on CBS 3 Now, UMass will play on ESPNU against Hofstra on April 23 as part of the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Renstchler Field, starting at 3 p.m.
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