April 2, 2014
The Last Meeting
April 6, 2013
Will Manny Records 100th Goal In Loss To Towson
Senior attack Will Manny became the 10th Minuteman to record 100 career tallies during UMass' 9-5 loss at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Kyle Smith finished with two points on a goal and assist while Colin Fleming, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen each notched one tally. Andrew Sokol added one assist to round out scoring for the Minutemen (5-6 overall, 0-3 CAA).
Last Meeting: Towson 9, Massachusetts 5; April 6, 2013
Will Manny became the 10th Minuteman to record 100 career tallies during the men's lacrosse 9-5 loss at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday, April 6, 2013. Kyle Smith finished with two points on a goal and assist while Colin Fleming, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen each notched one tally. Andrew Sokol added one assist to round out scoring for the Minutemen.
Joe Calvello went 13-for-18 on faceoffs (72.2 percent) and scooped up five groundballs. Brett Tobin led all players with six groundballs and caused one turnover.
Towson took a 2-1 lead into halftime and expanded the advantage to 6-2 heading into the final quarter as the Tigers earned their six goals from six different players. Whippen broke a five-goal Towson run near the end of the third; however, the home squad responded with three-straight tallies to stretch the lead to 9-2.
Scouting Towson Men's Lacrosse
Towson men's lacrosse enters competition at UMass with a 7-3 overall record and 1-1 mark in CAA games after its most recent contest, a 9-7 loss at Hofstra that snapped a six-game winning streak. The Tigers defeated Delaware, Georgetown, Marist, UMBC, Mount St. Mary's and Navy during their stretch of six consecutive victories. They also have a win over High Point while Towson dropped games to then-No. 11 Johns Hopkins and Loyola, who was the No. 9 team nationally, prior to starting its win streak with an 8-7 decision over Georgetown.
Thomas DeNapoli splits his team-leading 30 points evenly between 15 goals and as many assists. Greg Cuccinello and rookie Joe Seider each own 20 points to tie for second, with Seider providing a team-high 17 tallies.
A pair of Tigers has split time at the faceoff dot in Conor Pequigney (48-of-113; .425 win percent) and Alec Burckley (35-of-71; .493). Tyler White is in his first season as the goalie for Towson and holds a 9.26 goals-against average through 10 games played. He has made 88 saves versus 91 tallies allowed for a .492 save percentage.
Overall, the Tigers have matched their opponent's 94 goals with 94 of their own and hold an edge in points, 150-139 due to having more assisted tallies. Towson has used more shots to generate its offense (341-to-314), resulting in a lower shot percentage, .276, to a .299 mark for its foes. However, the Tigers lead in groundballs, 267-255 and caused turnovers, 57-54. They have won just 95-of-217 faceoffs (43.8 percent) but have committed fewer turnovers, 145-120.
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.
Last Time Out: Balance Key In 12-6 Win Over Hartford
The No. 11 men's lacrosse team netted a 12-6 victory over Hartford on Saturday, March 22 through a balanced attack as eight Minutemen combined to produce the 12 goals. Connor Mooney paced the offense with six points on a pair of tallies and four assists while Nick Mariano added four points through three goals and one helper.
Grant Whiteway secured two goals while Ryan Curley and Andrew Sokol earned a pair of points through a goal and assist each. Grant Consoletti, Rob Lynott and Matt Whippen found the back of the Hartford cage once apiece to complete scoring for Massachusetts.
James Fahey led the defensive efforts through three caused turnovers and as many groundballs as UMass limited the Hawks to just one fourth-quarter tally after Hartford tied the game at 5-5 with five minutes, 19 seconds left in the third.
Curley provided the go-ahead tally to begin a six-goal UMass streak unassisted with 3:18 left in the third stanza. Curley then facilitated Mooney's first strike of the day at the two-minute mark before Sokol fired in an attempt only 46 seconds later to move the Minutemen in front, 8-5.
Mariano scored on back-to-back chances for UMass to extended the lead to 10-5 with 13:33 remaining to play. Mooney found Mariano at the doorstep for the first of the pair, which was earned with only six seconds to play in the third. Mariano completed his hat trick only 1:57 into the fourth quarter before Whiteway struck five minutes later on a feed from Mariano to cap the six-goal run.
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 178-106 overall (.627 win percentage) entering play against Towson on April 5. His 175th career win came in the 15-2 victory at Brown on March 1.
Seven Of Nine
The Minutemen have won seven of their nine contests, the 29th time in program history the squad has claimed victory in as many games through the opening nine matchups of a season. It marks the seventh instance during head coach Greg Cannella's tenure as the program leader.
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 77-24 record (76.2 win percent) 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.
Clearly Doing A Good Job
The Minutemen have performed perfectly on clears over the previous two games, combining to go 26-for-26 in the category at Fairfield and during the win over Hartford. Including the previous game, a win at No. 5 Penn State on March 15, UMass is 45-of-46 (97.8 percent) during the last three contests. Overall the squad has successfully cleared 120 of its 133 attempts (90.2 percent).
Man-Down Defense Bounces Back
Since allowing seven goals in five man-up chances to No. 18 Albany, the UMass defense has clamped down on foes during the opposition's man-advantages, only allowing three goals during 12 attempts (75.0 penalty kill percentage). Removing the 7-in-5 afternoon for the Great Danes, UMass opponents have just five man-up goals in 30 chances (83.3 penalty kill percentage).
Mariano On The Mark
Nick Mariano has put 30 shots on-target through nine games and has netted goals on 22, giving him a conversion rate of 73.3 percent when directing his attempt at the cage. Overall, Mariano has tied with Connor Mooney for the team lead in shots thus far - giving him a goal on 43.1 percent of his total shots.
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.