SENIOR DAY AS NO. 19 TOWSON VISITS NO. 2 MASSACHUSETTS
• It’s Senior Day at Garber Field on Saturday as the No. 2 UMass men’s lacrosse team hosts No. 19 Towson for a CAA showdown. The Minutemen have won 9 straight games including all six at home, while the Tigers have won five consecutive including a one-goal come-back win against UMBC on Wednesday. A win for UMass would tie the program’s best start to a season at 10-0 which was previously set by the 2001 and 1981 squads.
• The game will feature a pair of balanced offensive attacks as Towson has five players with 10-or-more points this season, while UMass has six led by Will Manny who has 48 (29g, 19a). Defensively, Towson will have to find a away past Tim McCormack, the NCAA’s No. 2 goalie in terms of save percentage and No. 3 for goals-against average. Towson’s Andrew Wascavage is a top-25 goalie highlighted by 17 saves on Wednesday against UMBC.
• The game will be televised in Western Mass on CBS3 Now with Adam Frenier and Norm Smith calling the action.
• A live video stream of home games and select road games will be available during the year through UMass All-Access which is a subscription based service. The streaming video works best on a high-speed internet connection. Monthly packages begin at $9.95 which includes all games from sponsored CBS College Sports-affiliated schools.
Last Time Out: 15-3 Win Over Saint Joseph’s
• For just the third time in program history, the No. 2 UMass men’s lacrosse team improved to 9-0 on the season after a 15-3 win over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday afternoon at Garber Field. The Minutemen started the 1981 and 2001 seasons with 9-0 records as well. Will Manny posted eight points on the day with three goals and five assists, while the UMass defense clamped down on the Hawks allowing a season-low three goals. Art Kell notched five points in the game with a pair of goals and five assists, while Anthony Biscardi tallied three goals and an assist. Connor Mooney and Colin Fellming each posted a pair of goals as well. The defense was led by Jake Smith who caused a pair of turnovers and collected four groundballs. Tim McCormack played 49 minutes, 47 seconds in goal making 11 saves while allowing no goals.
Up Next: Battle At Bethpage vs. Drexel
• UMass and Drexel will square-off next Saturday at Bethpage High School on Long Island. With an abundance of Long Island natives on the UMass squad, the game promises to not only be a homecoming for the Minutemen players and coaches, but a weekend festival to celebrate the sport. The April 14 contest will see seven Minutemen make their hometown returns as well as the entire UMass coaching staff. Head coach Greg Cannella is a native of Lynnbrook which is just 17 miles away from Bethpage.
Minutemen Garner Highest Ranking Ever
• At No. 2 in the USILA Coaches Poll and in the Media Poll, the UMass men’s lacrosse program has achieved its highest national ranking ever. This season, in 2003 and in 2001, the Minutemen were ranked No. 3 marking the previous high for a national rank. At 9-0, UMass and Loyola remain as the lone unbeaten squads in the NCAA.
Manny Added To Tewaraaton Watch List
• After a blazing start to the season, Will Manny was one of three players to be added to the Tewaraaton Watch List in March. Statisically one of the top offensive players in the country, Manny leads the Minutemen in goals and assists showing his ability to set up others just as often as his own ability to score.
Biscardi Named To Tewaraaton Watch List
• Anthony Biscardi was named one of 73 players on the 2012 Tewaraaton Watch List which was announced in mid-February. This is the second straight year the midfielder has been on the Watch List for college lacrosse’s highest honor.
Minutemen Picked 2nd In CAA
• On the heels of a 10-5 season in 2011 which saw the Minutemen advance to the CAA Championship game, UMass was picked to finish 2nd in the CAA Preseason Coaches Poll - just one point behind favorite Delware which won the league title last season. Hofstra was picked third - just one point behind UMass in what could shape up to be a terrific CAA season.
Manny Picked As CAA Preseason Co-Player Of The Year
• Junior attack Will Manny was named the CAA Preseason Co-Player of the Year alongside Penn State goalie Austin Kaut. Manny is UMass’ top returning scorer from last season where he earned All-CAA Second Team and NEILA All-New England First-Team honors.
Biscardi, Celentani Haul In Preseason Accolades
• Entering the season, Anthony Biscardi and Tom Celentani have both been in the forefront of preseason accolades from various outlets. The duo were both named to the CAA Preseason All-Conference Team alongside Will Manny. Both were also named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Team. In the Major League Lacrosse Draft, Biscardi was taken by the Ohio Machine in the 2nd round, while Celentani was picked up by the Denver Outlaws in the 4th round.
• Biscardi was UMass’ third leading scorer a year ago with 20 goals and 10 assists. Of those 20 scores, three served as game-winners, while four came in man-up situations.
• A close defenseman, Celentani started all 15 games last year causing 22 turnovers while picking up 34 groundballs. As one of the top defensive players in the CAA, he earned second team honors.