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UMASS (4-5, 2-1) at HOBART (4-5, 1-3)
Saturday, April 14, 2007 Noon
H.J. McCooey Field (1,500/AstroTurf12)
Live Streaming Video: ecac.tv ($5.50)
Radio: WRNX 100.9 FM/Live Audio: UMassAthletics.com
Minutemen Hit Road For ECAC Battle At Hobart
After winning two games in a row for the first time this season, the UMass lacrosse team heads to Hobart for an ECAC match-up on Saturday. The game has been moved to Noon (from 1 p.m.) and will be played at Hobart's astroturf facility, McCooey Field. The game will be the ecac.tv streaming video featured game in the ECAC. Fans can watch for $5.50 on Saturday. Saturday's game will be aired live on 100.9 FM WRNX in Western Massachusetts. The Voice of the Minutemen Bob Behler and former UMass All-American Norm Smith calls the action. Live streaming audio will be available on UMassAthletics.com.
UMass rallied for an 11-7 win over St. John's last Saturday at Garber Field to move to 4-5 this season, 2-1 in the ECAC. The Minutemen were down 6-3 at halftime, but scored the first five goals of the second half to rally the victory over the Red Storm. Sophomore Jim Connolly recorded a natural hat trick in the 5-0 run, scoring three straight goals in a span of 3:42. Connolly added two assists for a career-high tying five points and Brett Garber scored three goals and had an assist.
The match-up was emotional for both coaches as UMass' Greg Cannella coached against his former top assistant Jason Miller, who took over as St. John's head coach this season.
UMass won its previous game, a 6-5 overtime thriller over Penn State on March 31, at Garber Field. Garber scored the game-winner 59 seconds into overtime for the Minutemen. Goalie Doc Schneider made 15 saves in that game.
Connolly, Picks Up UMass, ECAC Honors
Jim Connolly was named to the ECAC Honor Roll in addition to being named the UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete of the Week on Monday after his five-point game against St. John's. Connolly has points in four games in a row and has multiple points in six of nine games this season.
The Series With Hobart
The rivalry between UMass and Hobart restarted three years ago when the Statesmen joined the ECAC in 2005. That 2005 game marked the first time in 20 years UMass and Hobart matched up. The Minutemen hold the overall lead in the series, 5-2 winning all three games in Amherst and spliting four games in Geneva.
Last season, UMass downed Hobart, 13-7 at Garber Field. The recap is below.
In the last game at Hobart, UMass topped the Statesmen, 14-12 in Geneva in the renewal of the series on April 16, 2005.
The previous meeting was a 15-10 Hobart win in 1985. Last year's game marked the first time since 1983, Hobart played at UMass, that game was an 11-4 Minuteman win.
The teams played from 1981 to 1983, the Minutemen victorious in all three games. Those wins were sandwiched by Hobart victories, in 1972 and 1985.
Hobart won the first meeting, 13-2 in 1972 in the USILA Semifinals.
Last Season's Game: No. 10 UMass 13, Hobart 7
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 10 UMass men's lacrosse team had a total team effort in a 13-7 win over ECAC rival Hobart on April 15, 2006. Nine different Minutemen scored in the win while UMass' defense limited the Statesmen to just three goals through the first three quarters. At the face-off "X" Jake Deane won 17-of-21 while tying his career-high with 12 groundballs. The Minutemen move to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the ECAC. Hobart is now 4-6, 0-5 in the league.
UMass jumped out to a 4-0 in the first quarter on goals by Brian Jacovina, Brett Garber, Fred Federico and Jamie Yaman and never looked back maintaining a lead of at least three goals for the remainder of the game.
The Minutemen led 5-2 at halftime and 8-3 at the end of three quarters.
Sean Morris, Federico, Clay Stabert and Andrew Recchione each scored two goals in the game, while Rory Pedrick had a goal and two assists for three points.
UMass' two Tewaaraton Trophy nominees Morris and Jack Reid played huge roles in the team win. Morris' three-point game moved his season points total to 45 with a nation-leading 4.5 points per game. Reid did not allow a goal while he defended several Hobart players while grabbing three groundballs. Reid teammed with his defensemates Sean Krygier and David Von Voigt to hold the Statesmen at bay all day.
Hobart's top three scorers combined for just two goals -- one each from David O'Quinn and Daryl Veltman (on a broken play).
Goalie Doc Schneider was sensational in goal again, as he made 13 saves and allowed just six.
Senior captain Brett Garber has been hot over the last six games. Since a slow start where he had just four points in his first three games, he has 18 points in the last six games, 3.0 per game. He ranks fifth in ECAC in goals per game with 2.0.
Garber leads UMass in scoring with 22 points on a team-best 18 goals and four assists. He has four hat tricks this season, all in the last six games. He posted them against Albany (3/13), a career-high tying four goals vs. Sacred Heart (3/20), Loyola (3/24), and against St. John's (4/7). Over his last six games, Garber has 15 goals.
Garber took just two shots against Penn State, but he made the second one count as he scored the game-winner 59 seconds into overtime as he lifted UMass to the 6-5 victory. The goal kept Garber's scoring streak intact as he is the only player on the UMass roster to have points in all nine games this season after his four-point game against St. John's. Garber scored in the NCAA Final last season as has a 10-game point-scoring streak overall.
Garber scored his 50th career goals in the win over Sacred Heart, when he tied his single-game career high with four goals on March 20.
Overall, Garber has 57 career goals and 80 points, the most of any active Minutemen.
Sophomore Tim Balise was the only other Minutemen to have points in every game this season, but he was blanked against Penn State. Balise had two goals against Loyola for his third multi-goal game in four contests (from March 13-24). Prior to his scoreless game versus Penn State, Balise was hot in four games, totalling eight goals and 11 points after having four in his first three games.
Schneider Saving the Day
Goalie Doc Schneider was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on April 2 after he made a season-high 15 saves in UMass' 6-5 overtime win over Penn State. He had a 75-percent save percentage in the game. After his 14-save game against St. John's, Schneider has 29 saves in his last two games and has allowed just 12 goals. Over the last two games, Schneider 70.7 save percentage. He ranks 13th in the nation in both save percentage (59.5) and goals against average (7.57).
UMass has played six games decided by one or two goals this season, losing to Hofstra (8-6), Yale (7-6), No. 2 Albany (10-9 in OT) and No. 11 Loyola (10-8). The Minutemen beat Harvard (11-10) and Penn State (6-5 in OT).
At Hofstra, UMass found themselves tied at 6-6 with less than five minutes remaining in the game, but lost by a pair, 8-6. The situation was eerily similar the following week when UMass once again found themselves tied at 6-6. Yale prevailed, 7-6. At Harvard on March 10, the Minutemen were able to eek out their first win of the season by a goal, 11-10. On March 13 at Albany, UMass trailed 7-0 near halftime but rallied back to tie the game at 9-9, only to lose in overtime, 10-9 to the second-ranked Great Danes. It marked the fourth year in a row Albany beat UMass in a one-goal game.
Defense Stands Tall
UMass' defense has been strong early on this season. The Minutemen have a strong 7.54 goals against average which ranks 15th in the nation. Goalie Doc Schneider has at least 12 saves in six different games including a season-best 15 stops vs. Penn State (3/31) and has a save percentage of 59.5.
The defense has received great effort from senior captain Dan Whipple, who leads the team with 29 groundballs in addition to eight caused turnovers. Whipple had his 100th career groundball at Loyola.
A trio of juniors have been stout on the close defense with Brian Danvers, Sean Krygier and David Von Voigt. Von Voigt leads the team in caused turnovers with 13 along with 12 groundballs. Krygier has 17 GBs and four CTs while Danvers has 14 groundballs and 12 caused turnovers. Joining them with added playing time has been redshirt freshman Jordan Hendry.
UMass' man-down defense has been among the nation's best posting an 82.1 proficiency mark. That ranks fourth in the NCAA. Dartmouth tops the country with an 89.3 percentage.
Lucky Number 11 & 10
UMass has won 37 games in a row when scoring 11 or more goals. The Minutemen have three wins this season with 11 goals, beating Harvard (11-10), Sacred Heart (11-4) and St. John's (11-7). The streak goes back over the last five years -- meaning this year's senior class has never lost when scoring 11 or more goals. UMass' last loss when they had more than 11 came in the 2002 NCAA Quarterfinals, a 13-12 loss at Johns Hopkins.
UMass is also 3-0 this season when scoring 10 goals this season and 25-0 over the past three years when reaching double-figures. The last loss when scoring 10 goals came on May 1, 2004, a 17-10 loss at Syracuse.
Big Winners Over Last Seven Years
With the 13-5 record last season and the 4-5 record this year, UMass is now 74-29 over the last seven seasons for a 71.8 win percentage, which is the sixth-best in college lacrosse. The Minutemen were second coming into the season prior to this season's tough start. Johns Hopkins, which has won 80.0 percent of its games with a 76-19 record is first followed by. Georgetown is second at 75.0 (72-24) and Virginia (74.3, 75-26).
Gorillas at Home
Since the 1960s, UMass has been known as the Garber Gorilla's in honor of head coach Dick Garber and his first big time recruit from New York, Kevin O'Connor (1967-69). UMass has won 22 of the last 25 games at home after the loss to Albany on March 14. UMass went 7-1 at home last season. They were riding a 13-game home winning streak spanning three seasons to the last home loss, also to Albany on March 16, 2004.
Two years ago, UMass posted a perfect 8-0 record at home tying its record for best home record without a loss at 8-0, which was set in 1981. It was the first time since 1992 UMass went undefeated at home, as they went 6-0 that season.
Since the start of the 2001 season, UMass is 46-8 at Garber Field, winning 85 percent of the games at the friendly confines.
Schneider On Tewaaraton List
UMass sophomore goalie Doc Schneider has been named to the 2007 Tewaaraton Preseason Watch List, awarded college lacrosse's top player. The Long Island native helped lead the Minutemen to the NCAA Championship game in 2006 and was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. He posted a 8.13 goals against average and 13-5 record as a freshman.
Last season, attackman Sean Morris was the national runner-up for the Tewaaraton Trophy as the sport's best college player. Jack Reid was also on the preseason watch list.
The Tewaaraton Award Foundation announces the Spring 2007 Men's Preseason Watch List. These players are considered early season indicators of who to watch as the 2007 lacrosse season begins. This list will be voted upon by coaches and narrowed as the season progresses, ultimately reaching a final list of five players who constitute the award's finalists.
2006 Season Of History
The Minutemen played in the NCAA Championship game for the first time in school history in 2006. UMass also reached the Semifinals after 10 unsuccessful tries in the NCAA Quarterfinals. The Minutemen had been to the most tournaments (17) of any school without a berth to lacrosse's final four. The Minutemen have been to the eighth-most NCAA Tournaments. UMass was the third team from New England to make the NCAA Semifinals. Yale (1990) and Brown (1994) are the only others. The Minutemen are the only one of the three to make the championship game.
UMass posted a 13-5 record playing for USILA National Coach of the Year Greg Cannella. They were ranked No. 10 in both the USILA Coaches Poll and Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. UMass captured its 21st New England Championship in 2006 while finishing second in the ECAC with a 5-2 record. Sean Morris and Jack Reid were named USILA First-Team All-Americans marking the first time UMass had two first-team honorees. Reid was also UMass' first-ever first-teammer on defense.
Four Minutemen Named Preseason All-Americans
UMass has four players on Inside Lacrosse/Face-Off Magazine's Preseason All-American team. Senior midfielder Brian Jacovina has been named to the preseason third team. Sophomore attacker Jim Connolly, sophomore goalie Doc Schneider and senior defensive midfielder Dan Whipple have been named honorable mention All-Americans.
UMass-Syracuse Game To Air On ESPNU
The April 28 men's lacrosse game between UMass and Syracuse will be televised nationally on ESPNU. The game has been moved to a 3 p.m., start to allow for a live national telecast from Garber Field. As of now, it is the only schedule TV appearance for the 2006 National Finalists as they head into the season.
WRNX 100.9 To Air Seven Games This Spring
Seven UMass men's lacrosse games will be aired live on WRNX 100.9 FM in Western Massachusetts. The games will be part of the UMass Sports Network with the "Voice of the Minutemen" Bob Behler calling the action with former All-American Norm Smith. The final seven Saturday games will air live starting with the March 24 game at Loyola. Every regular-season game will be available online at UMassAthletics.com. Postseason action will also air on 100.9 FM WRNX. Here is the tenative schedule, which is subject to change.
WRNX 100.9 FM Men's Lacrosse Radio Schedule
Saturday, March 24 at Loyola, 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 vs. Penn State, Noon
Saturday, April 7 vs. St. John's, 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 at Hobart, Noon
Saturday, April 21 vs. Georgetown, 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 vs. Syracuse, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 5 at Rutgers, 1 p.m.