Minutemen Hit The Road To Drexel For Saturday Tilt
April 10, 2014
Last Meeting: #17 Drexel 15, Massachusetts 14; April 13, 2013
Goalies Zach Oliveri and Reed Goodhue split time in the cage for the Minutemen, with Oliveri making five stops against seven goals allowed in the first half before Goodhue turned aside 11 shots in the second while giving up eight tallies. Bobby Tyler recorded a pair of assists against the Dragons to move his season total to 14, securing his first goal of the 2013 campaign as well.
Drexel used three straight goals during the fourth quarter to move ahead for good, 15-13. Frank Fusco started the run unassisted with 12:05 to play before Nick Trizano converted a pass from Ryan Belka to push the Dragons in front by one at the 7:13 mark. Chris Frederick completed the scoring effort for Drexel on a feed from Trizano with 4:28 left to earn the eventual margin of victory for the Dragons.
Kyle Smith had a chance to rally the Minutemen one more time stopped by Drexel goalie Cal Winkleman as time expired in the contest. Jake Smith forced a Robert Church turnover in the defensive zone to earn UMass possession with seven seconds to play. Jake Smith sent the play forward to Manny near the midline as Kyle Smith raced onto the field from the substitution box. Manny found Kyle Smith unguarded 10 yards from the left post of the Drexel cage, with Smith catching and firing a low, on-target attempt that was blocked by Winkleman to prevent the Minutemen from equalizing.
Scouting Drexel Men's Lacrosse
Ben McIntosh's 42 points (32 goals, 10 assists) paces the squad through 11 games while Nick Triziano adds 35 through 26 goals and nine assists. A high-scoring squad overall, Drexel averages 18.8 points - including 11.6 goals - per game as Cole Shafer rounds out the trio of 30+ point scorers with 19 goals and 14 assists.
Will Gabrielsen has played in and started all 11 games and holds a 9.89 goals-against average with a .528 save percentage. A sophomore, Gabrielsen is backed up by 2013 starter and classmate Cal Winkelman, who owns a 14.38 goals-against average and .500 save percentage through three appearances. The Dragons have outscored foes, 128-116 with more points, 207-175 and a higher number of shots, 460-428. Drexel has also scooped up more groundballs, 348-291 and won 178 of a possible 285 faceoffs due to Nick Saputo securing 160-of-248 (.645 win percentage).
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Two Decades Under The Influence
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.
50 And 50 For Mooney And Whiteway
Mooney totaled his 50th with the final goal scored by the Wilbraham, Mass., native against the Friars, notched unassisted with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Whiteway earned his 50th point as a Minuteman when he netted his seventh goal of the day with 6:04 to play against Providence, extending UMass' lead to 14-10 after the Friars had tallied three straight goals.
Calvello Goes Above And Beyond
Calvello's name is the only one to appear more than twice among the top single-game groundball totals while he is the only Minutemen to pick up at least 12 in three different contests.
At the time, the 18 groundballs picked up against Providence set the single-game mark for most by one player during one contest in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse this season. It now ties him with Brendan Fowler (Duke) and Georgetown's Tyler Knarr for second behind Kevin Massa's 20 for Bryant.
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Milestone Accomplishment: Greg Cannella's 175th Win
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Whiteway Joins The Seven Goals In A Game Group
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.