Men's Lacrosse Returns To CAA Competition At Saint Joseph's
March 28, 2013
About the 2012 season...
SCOUTING SAINT JOSEPH'S
The Hawks are led by freshman Pat Swanick, who owns 20 points on 15 goals, including three man-up tallies, and five assists while sophomore Michael Dougherty adds 15 points on nine goals and six assists. Sophomore Matthew Sarcona, the younger brother of former Minutewomen lacrosse star Nina Sarcona (2009-12), follows with nine goals and four assists and Johnny Simanski rounds out the quartet of double-digits scorers with six marks and four helpers. This season, Saint Joseph's is relying largely on the offense produced by underclassmen, with five of the top six scorers coming from the freshmen or sophomore classes.
Dustin Keen owns the starting spot in goal through 10 contests, playing 546:11 between the pipes while accumulating 94 saves versus 80 tallies let in for a .540 save percentage and 8.79 goals against average. Chris Moffa completes the remaining 38:32 with 11 goals against and seven saves for an average of 17.13 given up and a .389 save percentage. Will Abbott is the main faceoff specialist with 78 wins in 160 attempts (.488 faceoff pct.) and the second-most groundballs (28) on the team behind the 30 Will Farrell has picked up.
Overall, Saint Joseph's is being outscored, 91-69 while opponents own more shots, 351-338 and on-target attempts, 192-183. Foes have also scooped up more groundballs, 286-264 and caused more turnovers, 80-69 while winning 107 of the 195 faceoffs.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE HAWKS
Manny's outing marked the fifth time on the season he posted six points or more in a game. His five assists tied a career-high, which was previously set Tuesday, March 27 against Harvard.
Art Kell notched five points in the game with a pair of goals and three assists, while Anthony Biscardi tallied three goals and an assist. Connor Mooney and Colin Fleming each posted a pair of goals as well.
The Hawks were led by Augustus Quinzani, who scored a pair of fourth quarter man-up goals. Ryan McGee added Saint Joseph's other tally and had a pair of assists. Griffin Ferrigan took the loss while making 10 saves.
Faceoffs were the key to the game, with the Minutemen winning 14-of-18 on the day. Anthony Toresco was nearly perfect going 8-for-9 while scooping up four groundballs to lead UMass.
Paced by five different goal scorers, the Minutemen cruised to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. UMass added two in the second, including a tally from Biscardi with nine seconds to go before halftime.
The Hawks started the second half with 50 seconds left on a man-up advantage, but UMass was able to kill it off. Kell scored his second of the day midway through the third quarter as UMass tallied five more goals to go up 12-0 entering the fourth.
Mooney capitalized on a pair of extra-man opportunities with a goal at the 14:44 mark and his second just 25 seconds later. Brendan Schroeder netted his first goal as a Minuteman at the 6:43 mark giving UMass a 15-0 lead.
Three penalties on the Minutemen in the final four minutes of play led to the three Hawks goals. Quinzani scored his first with 3:55 to go before adding another 28 seconds later. McGee scored with 2:12 left in the game to give the final score.
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Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway secured four points on three tallies and an assist while senior attack Will Manny added one goal to go with a pair of helpers. Junior attack Connor Mooney had two points on a goal and an assist while senior attack Bobby Tyler helped out on a pair of tallies.
For the second consecutive game, Smith recorded the first UMass goal of the day. Against the Hawks, Smith put the Minutemen (5-4 overall) up, 1-0 with a tally in transition, rushing into the offensive zone with possession before bouncing a shot by Hartford goalie Frank Piechota at the 12:55 mark.
The Hawks (3-4) responded with a trio of goals to move in front, 3-1 before Smith added his second of the day to cut the deficit to one. Smith received a pass from freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol six yards from the left post and sent a shot into the top-right corner with 5:31 to play in the opening quarter.
After Hartford added its fourth goal, Mooney converted an athletic play at the goalmouth to cap the high-scoring first quarter. Whiteway sent a pass over the cage to Mooney, with the junior leaping at the crease to corral the ball and redirect the play into the back of the net.
The Hawks recorded their fifth goal of play to begin scoring in the second before the UMass offense notched six of the next seven goals to move ahead, 9-6. Tyler fed Whiteway three yards from left post to pull the Minutemen within 5-4 before sophomore midfielder Brendan Schroeder tied it on an unassisted mark with 8:34 to play in the half, his first goal of the season.
Hartford broke the UMass scoring streak as Andrew Cacchio converted with 8:13 to play; however, Whiteway added his second of the day to even it at 6-6 only 1:01 later. The Billerica, Mass., native weaved through the Hartford defense to the right of the goal and bounced an attempt in front, with the ball directing high into the top-left of the goal at the 7:12 mark.
Manny pushed the Minutemen in front with an attempt at the crease, sending a diving shot past Piechota. Manny followed up his goal at the 5:50 mark by helping freshman midfielder Dan Muller make it 8-6 in favor of the visiting side with 4:01 to play in the second.
Whiteway secured his second collegiate hat trick with his third goal of the half to move UMass in front, 9-6. Moving in transition, Whiteway approached the Hartford goal before pivoting away from the Hawks defense into the center of the field, turning to face the net and firing a shot just inside the left post.
The Hawks added back-to-back goals spanning the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third to move within one of tying; however, Smith rallied the Minutemen offense with the senior's third goal of the day and 10th collegiate hat trick. With 9:37 remaining in the third, Smith rolled around the right post and placed an attempt into the back of the net from 10 feet away.
Smith added his fourth goal of the contest with 5:59 left in the third to push to lead to 11-9 on a pass from Mooney, unleashing a hard shot from eight yards away in front; 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 the Minutemen a 12-11 lead. Manny found Smith at the crease for his second assist, 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 contest only 2:35 later. Tyler notched his second helper in leading the play to Smith, with the senior's six goals marking the most scored by a single Minuteman since Manny earned seven against Army on Feb. 10, 2012, a span of 23 contests.
Jack Bobzien led all Hawks with five points on a goal and four assists. Kevin O'Shea and Rory Nunamacher each added two goals for Hartford.
UMass led in shots, 40-35, including an 11-6 margin during the fourth quarter. The Minutemen also earned a 35-25 lead in groundballs while finishing 19-for-19 on clear attempts. Junior midfielder Joe Calvello finished 16-of-28 on faceoffs and scooped up a game-high eight groundballs. UMass committed 10 turnovers while forcing Hartford into 14 on the day. The Hawks went 13-for-16 on clearing attempts. Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri stopped nine shots for the Minutemen while Piechota stopped 13 shots for Hartford.
STALWART DEFENSE LEADS UMASS TO 6-4 WIN OVER #16 LEHIGH IN ESPNU GAME OF THE WEEK
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.
The Minutemen went ahead, 4-3 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.
OLIVERI EARNS SECOND CAA ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
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
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.
MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
OLIVERI NETS A PAIR OF WEEKLY HONORS
#12 UMASS EARNS COMEBACK WIN OVER #4 NORTH CAROLINA
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 VICTORY OVER ARMY
Kyle Smith JOINS 100-POINT CLUB
NEW FACE IN NET
SUCCESS FROM THE START
Calvello's ability to control the X leads the Minutemen to own the 10th-highest team percentage in the nation (.568), as the junior had taken 186-of-190 faceoffs for the squad (97.9 percent). With securing the vast majority of UMass' faceoffs, Calvello is one of only five in the top-15 to hold down the spot with such consistency.
THE YOUTH MOVEMENT
FINDING THE OPEN MINUTEMAN
MANNY APPROACHES ANOTHER CENTURY MARK
MANNY PLACED ON 2013 TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
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 129 victories and a 67.5 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 157 wins while Virginia follows in second 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.
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!
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.
WHIPPEN TAKES HOME CAA, UMASS LAURELS
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
MINUTEMEN RECEIVE PRESEASON RECOGNITION
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.
NEILA NAMES TRIO TO PRESEASON LISTING
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.
THREE DRAFTED INTO MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE
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.
Carrying the trend into the 2013 season despite changes in net, at close defense and among the midfield, UMass continues to limit opponents. The Minutemen are second in the conference for most contests holding opponents single-digits tallies this season, six, as UMass has limited foes to 8.76 goals per game through nine contests, dropping that number to 7.25 given up over the last four contests.