Men's Lacrosse

Minutemen Hit The Road To Drexel For Saturday Tilt

April 10, 2014

  University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
 Game 11 #14/16 Massachusetts (7-3, 1-1 CAA) at [RV/RV] Drexel (7-4, 2-1)
 Date | Time Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
 Location Vidas Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
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 Series History Massachusetts leads, 3-2. Last meeting: #17 Drexel 15, Massachusetts 14; April 13, 2013
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The Last Meeting
#17 Drexel15
April 13, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (Garber Field)
Men's Lacrosse Drops High-Scoring Battle With No. 17 Drexel, 15-14
Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway earned a career-high five goals and senior attack Kyle Smith tied a personal best with eight points; however, UMass men's lacrosse faltered in a 15-14 contest against No. 17 Drexel on Saturday. Senior attack Will Manny provided six points on a pair of goals and four helpers while Smith finished with three goals and a single-game career high five assists.

Last Meeting: #17 Drexel 15, Massachusetts 14; April 13, 2013
Grant Whiteway earned a then-career-high five goals and Kyle Smith tied a personal best with eight points, but UMass faltered in a 15-14 contest against No. 17 Drexel. Will Manny provided six points on a pair of goals and four helpers while Smith finished with three goals and a single-game career high five assists. Connor Mooney added three goals and an assist to complete the trio of Minutemen recording hat tricks at Garber Field against the Dragons.

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
Drexel men's lacrosse sports a 7-4 overall mark and 2-1 record in CAA games entering competition against UMass on Saturday, April 12. The Dragons fell to Hofstra, 11-9 during their first league game but bounced back with wins over Delaware, 9-7 and 13-12 at Penn State in triple overtime.

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).

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.

Pinpoint Accuracy
Junior defensive midfielder Brendan Schroeder has scored four career goals for the Minutemen through four shots attempted. He is the only active UMass men's lacrosse student-athlete with as many shots taken in his career to record a goal on each attempt.

50 And 50 For Mooney And Whiteway
Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway each recorded a milestone during the win over Providence as Mooney hit the 50-goals scored mark while Whiteway reached 50 points in his career.

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
Joe Calvello broke the program record for groundballs in a game when he scooped up 18 vs. Providence on March 11. He bested the previous program mark of 13, when he won a faceoff against Ryan Shaw with 33 seconds left to play in the third quarter and picked up the ensuing loose ball.

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.

Hats Off To You
Grant Whiteway has showed a penchant for scoring in bunches, resulting in a team-leading six hat tricks earned since the beginning of the 2013 season. Whiteway leads a quintet of Minutemen with at least one game of three or more goals. Connor Mooney follows with five while Nick Mariano owns four and Matt Whippen has two. Andrew Sokol rounds out the group with one.

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 177-106 overall (.625 win percentage) entering play against Hartford on March 22. His 175th career win came in the 15-2 victory at Brown on March 1.

Overtime Results
In besting Penn State, 6-5 during overtime on March 31, 2007, UMass started an eight-game win streak when the contest is tied at the end of regulation. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won 10 of 12 games requiring extra minutes, including its recent 12-11 OT win over No. 14/9 Ohio State at the Moe's Lacrosse Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 16, 2014.

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 77-25 record (75.5 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.

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.



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