Men's Lax Up To No. 9 In Polls; Named National Team Of Week
March 29, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass men's lacrosse teams is reaping the rewards on Monday after a stellar week as the Minutemen topped two ranked teams. UMass moved up to No. 9 in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. The Minutemen were named ESPN/IL's Quint Kessenich's "National Team of the Week." Sophomore goalie Tim McCormack was named the CAA Player of the Week and sophomore attacker Art Kell was named UMass Athlete of the Week.
UMass won at the-No. 15 Brown last Tuesday, 11-10 and knocked off then-No. 6 Hofstra on Saturday, 11-9, at Garber Field.
The ranking of No. 9 in the USILA Coaches Poll, UMass has its highest ranking since the Minutemen were No. 7 for back-to-back weeks in early March (6 and 13) of 2006.
It is also UMass highest ranking on the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll since also being 7th in the March 13, 2006 poll.
That 2006 season was the most successful in UMass history as the Minutemen advanced to the NCAA Championship game, knocking off Cornell, Hofstra and Maryland in their way to the Final Four for the first time.
ESPN and Inside Lacrosse expert analyst Quint Kessenich calls UMass the "National Team of the Week" in his Weekly Power Rankings. He lists the Minutemen at No. 10 in his poll.
"Minutemen are the national team of the week - beating Brown 11-10 on Tuesday and upsetting Hofstra 11-9 on Saturday. Both wins will be tremendous ammunition come NCAA Selection Sunday on May 9th. UMass is averaging 13.7 goals per game. Art Kell is setting the pace with 21 goals, and coach Greg Cannella has relied on freshman Will Manny (14,11), Bobby Hayes (14,8) and Anthony Biscardi (13,8). This is a UMass team who's undergone an offensive facelift since 2009 - they are shooting a red hot 41% in the fourth quarter this spring."
Individually, sophomore goalie Tim McCormack was named the CAA Player of the Week as he won both games between the pipes. McCormack combined for 29 saves in the two wins with a career-high 17 at Brown. He had a 60.4 save percentage and a 9.5 GAA in the two games.
Kell was named the UMass Athlete of the Week as he tallied nine points on five goals and four assists including both game-winning goals in the two wins. Kell will be honored on Wednesday at the UMass Sports Luncheon at the Campus Center Room 1009 at 12:15 p.m.
Kell is 14th in the NCAA in points per game (4.13), 19th in goals per game (2.63) and 35th in assists per game (1.5).
Coach Greg Cannella will talk about Kell and the guest speakers will be baseball coach Mike Stone and Springfield Republican writer/columnist Ron Chimelis.