Men's Lacrosse

 
Minutemen Return To Garber Field To Face #17 Drexel

Kyle Smith recorded a career-high eight points to help lead the Minutemen past Drexel, 18-12 in the most recent meeting between the squads, securing the total during the CAA Tournament Championship on May 5, 2012.


Kyle Smith recorded a career-high eight points to help lead the Minutemen past Drexel, 18-12 in the most recent meeting between the squads, securing the total during the CAA Tournament Championship on May 5, 2012.

April 11, 2013

 Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: UMass (5-6 Overall, 0-3 CAA) vs. #17 Drexel (8-3, 3-1)
 Date/Time Saturday, April 13, 2013 | 1:00 PM
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Series History UMass leads, 3-1 (Last: UMass 18, Drexel 12; May 5, 2012)
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QUICK HITS
About the 2013 season...
• Won its first three games for the 16th time in program history and third consecutive season.
• Earned victory in at least two games against USILA ranked opponents for the fifth straight year and 13th time under head coach Greg Cannella.
• Features a new primary faceoff specialist in junior Joe Calvello, who has won 128-of-218 faceoffs through 11 games (58.7 percent).
• Returned Colin Fleming and Will Manny against #18 Penn State after four and five game absences, respectively.
• Had a set of six-point days against Army from players recording their first collegiate points in Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol.
• Added a new player to the 100-goal club in Will Manny, the 10th member to the listing and one of only three who also owns at least 75 assists.
• Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.
• Features a first-year goalie in Zach Oliveri, who is the only freshman keeper in the country to rank in the top-20 for goals-against average (8.73).
• Continues the historic trend of featuring a strong defense, placing in the top-20 nationally for scoring defense (15th; 8.64) and man-down defense (16th; .724).
• Added a new player to the 100-point club in Kyle Smith, the 39th member of the group.
• Is consistently a squad that takes care of the ball, giving up only 13.64 turnovers per game (13th).

SCOUTING DREXEL
Drexel, the No. 12 team in the country according to the most recent USILA Coaches Poll, owns an 8-3 overall record and 3-1 CAA mark entering competition at UMass' Garber Field. The Dragons will be looking to bounce back from a 13-6 loss at #13 Penn State after winning four straight, including three against conference foes. Drexel is led by fifth-year head coach Brian Voelker, who is 34-22 with the Dragons. The Minutemen lead the all-time series, 3-1 with victories in the last three meetings, including an 18-12 victory on May 5, 2012 to secure the CAA Tournament Championship.

Ben McIntosh leads the team with 25 goals and 13 assists for a team-high 38 points. Robert Church follows with 37 points on 21 tallies and 16 helpers while Ryan Belka owns 21 goals and 13 assists to complete the trio of Dragons owning 30 or more points on the year. Frank Fusco (26 points), Aaron Prosser (23), Nick Trizano (22) and Andrew Vivian (19) have also eclipsed double-digits points totals through 11 games of the 2013 schedule.

Drexel has used a trio of goalies, with Cal Winkelman earning 394:40 in net to lead the squad. Winkelman is 5-2 on the year with a 9.12 goals-against average and .542 save percentage in seven appearances and as many starts. Will Gabrielsen follows with 240:11 in the cage over four games played, recording a 13.49 goals-against mark while stopping 49.5 percent of the shots directed on-target. Dan Rodgers closes out the trio with 34:20 spread over two appearances.

Nick Saputo serves as the main faceoff specialist, going 119-for-240 in the category (.496 win percentage) with a team-high 75 groundballs. Deven Thomas is the only other Dragon to record faceoff appearances, going 23-for-45 (.511) on the year.

Overall, Drexel is outscoring foes, 131-120 with more points, 220-186; shots on goal, 254-251; and man-up goals, 19-11. The competition owns leads in shots, 455-432; groundballs, 321-307 and caused turnovers, 77-69.

The Last Meeting
Drexel12
Massachusetts18
May 5, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Garber Field)
#1 Men's Lacrosse Takes CAA Championship Title
Box Score|Team Stats The No. 1 UMass men's lacrosse team scored a season high eighteen goals to top Drexel in the CAA Championship game, 18-12, on Saturday night at Garber Field in front of 3,204 fans. Anthony Toresco was named the Most Outstanding Player of the game for his impressive performance on faceoffs, scoring two goals off of faceoff wins. The Minutemen will play next on May 13 in the first round of the NCAA tournament at a site to be determined.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE DRAGONS
The No. 1 UMass men's lacrosse team scored a season high eighteen goals to top Drexel in the CAA Championship game, 18-12, on Saturday, May 5, at Garber Field in front of 3,204 fans. Anthony Toresco was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Game for his impressive performance on faceoffs, scoring two goals off of faceoff wins.

UMass keeps its perfect season going, improving to a 15-0 record and re-setting the record for most wins in a season in program history. Drexel concludes its season with a .500 mark at 8-8.

Kyle Smith scored four goals and tallied four assists, including the fourth mark of the game for UMass that gave them the 4-3 lead, which the squad would not give up. Will Manny contributed three goals and Art Kell, Ryan Hollenbaugh, and Toresco each had two. For Toresco, the goals marked his first and second of the season.

The first quarter marked very even play, with the Minutemen scoring first and the Dragons answering just one minute later. The teams would go back and forth two more times before UMass took a 4-3 lead with 28 seconds left in the first quarter. Drexel did not see an advantage for the rest of the game.

The Dragons made the first move in the second quarter, evening the score at 4-4. The score tied again at 5-5 but UMass fired back, scoring five straight, including a behind-the-back goal by Smith. Drexel would score with 1:14 left into the quarter to cut the lead to four going into halftime.

The Minutemen notched three to start the second half, the first from Toresco, who won the faceoff and tossed it in the net six seconds later. Greg Rushing would do the same off of the next faceoff to increase the UMass lead to six. Manny would put one in to make the score 13-6 early in the third quarter. Drexel scored a pair before UMass finished the quarter off with a goal to make it 15-8 going into the final period.

Drexel cut the lead to five off of a pair of goals at the beginning of the fourth quarter but UMass would score three more to take the championship trophy.

This is the second time the Minutemen defeated Drexel this year, downing the Dragons 8-6 in a hard-fought game at Bethpage High School earlier this season. Brendan Glynn led Drexel in scoring with three goals. Robert Church, Aaron Prosser, and Kyle Bergman each had two of their own. As a team, Drexel tallied just two assists.

Mark Manos tallied a game-high 11 saves for the Dragons. Tim McCormack made 10 of his own in the win, improving his record to 15-0.

UMass grabbed 38 ground balls to Drexel's 19 and were strong in the circle, winning 22-of-33 faceoffs.

COMING TO YOU LIVE FROM...
UMass men's lacrosse will have four of its contests this season featured on television, with three being broadcast on CBS 3 Now and one more appearing on ESPNU. The Minutemen will appear on the ESPN family of channels when UMass heads to Lehigh on March 20 while contests against Army (Feb. 9), #18 Penn State (March 8) and Drexel (April 13) are slated to air on CBS 3 Now.

MOST RECENT: MANNY RECORDS 100TH CAREER GOAL IN LOSS AT TOWSON, 9-5
Senior attack Will Manny became the 10th Minuteman to record 100 career tallies during the UMass men's lacrosse 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).

Junior Joe Calvello went 13-for-18 on faceoffs (72.2 pct.) and scooped up five groundballs. Senior midfielder Brett Tobin led all players with a single-game personal-best six groundballs on the day, also causing one Towson turnover.

Cory Dobyn's earned the first goal of the day with 12:40 remaining in the second quarter to give Towson a 1-0 lead. The Tigers (7-5, 3-0) one-goal margin held until the 6:02 mark of the quarter, when Smith converted a man-up opportunity to even the contest. Sokol sent a pass to Smith, with the senior attack firing an attempt into the top-right corner for his team-leading 19th goal of the season.

The Tigers moved back in front with an unassisted goal from Thomas DeNapoli at the 1:35 mark to hold a 2-1 lead entering the halftime break. Following the intermission, the Towson offense recorded consecutive goals from Devin Grimaldi, Greg Cuccinello and Robby Zoppo and Ben McCarty to secure a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third.

Whippen cut the deficit to four with the junior's 14th goal of the season, scooping up a loose ball near the left post of Towson's net and sending a shot by Andrew Wascavage to pull the Minutemen within 6-2 with 1:38 to play in the third.

However, the Tigers offense connected for the first three goals of the fourth to move ahead by a 9-2 margin before the Minutemen were able to rally for a trio of tallies to reach the final score. Manny used a soft bounce shot from the left post to make it a 9-3 game with 5:03 remaining before Mooney converted an attempt 42 seconds later. Fleming added his first goal of the year on a blast from 20 yards away at the 3:30 mark; however, the Minutemen were unable to pull closer.

Grimaldi led Towson with three goals and an assist while Zoppo produced one tally and helped out on two more for three points on the day. Cuccinello completed the trio of Tigers earning multiple points on the day with a pair of goals.

UMass led in shots, 40-35 and groundballs, 25-20 and finished perfect on clear attempts with a 12-for-12 day. The Maroon and White netted a pair of man-up goals in three tries while holding Towson to an 0-for-2 performance in the category. UMass limited its turnovers to 11 while forcing 12 from the Tigers. Redshirt-freshman Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net while Wascavage earned 20 stops for Towson.

Kyle Smith's CAREER DAY SENDS UMASS PAST HARTFORD
UMass men's lacrosse senior attack Kyle Smith produced a single-game career high six goals as the Minutemen recorded a 13-11 victory at Hartford on Saturday evening. Heading into the fourth quarter tied at 11, Smith recorded the final four UMass goals, matching the second half output of the entire Hawks offense.

Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway secured four points on three tallies and an assist while senior attack Will Manny added one goal to go with a pair of helpers. Junior attack Connor Mooney had two points on a goal and an assist while senior attack Bobby Tyler helped out on a pair of tallies.

For the second consecutive game, Smith recorded the first UMass goal of the day. Against the Hawks, Smith put the Minutemen (5-4 overall) up, 1-0 with a tally in transition, rushing into the offensive zone with possession before bouncing a shot by Hartford goalie Frank Piechota at the 12:55 mark.

The Hawks (3-4) responded with a trio of goals to move in front, 3-1 before Smith added his second of the day to cut the deficit to one. Smith received a pass from freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol six yards from the left post and sent a shot into the top-right corner with 5:31 to play in the opening quarter. The squads continued to trade runs throughout the middle of the contest as Smith held the Minutemen in the contest with the final four UMass scores of the day, equal to the production of the entire Hartford offense during the second half.

The Hawks added back-to-back goals spanning the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third to move within one of tying; however, Smith rallied the Minutemen offense with the senior's third goal of the day and 10th collegiate hat trick. With 9:37 remaining in the third, Smith rolled around the right post and placed an attempt into the back of the net from 10 feet away.

Smith added his fourth goal of the contest with 5:59 left in the third to push to lead to 11-9 on a pass from Mooney, unleashing a hard shot from eight yards away in front; however, the Hawks recorded back-to-back goals over the remainder of the stanzas to tie it at 11-11.

After three quarters of back-and-forth scoring runs, the final potion of competition featured defensive stands by each side before Smith's single game career-high fifth goal gave the Minutemen a 12-11 lead. Manny found Smith at the crease for his second assist, with Smith converting the eventual game-winning goal while being pushed to the ground at the 3:50 mark.

The Minutemen stayed on the attack after taking the lead, resulting in Smith's sixth tally of the contest only 2:35 later. Tyler notched his second helper in leading the play to Smith, with the senior's six goals marking the most scored by a single Minuteman since Manny earned seven against Army on Feb. 10, 2012, a span of 23 contests.

STALWART DEFENSE LEADS UMASS TO WIN OVER #16 LEHIGH IN ESPNU GAME OF THE WEEK
UMass men's lacrosse used a stout defensive performance over the second half to secure a 6-4 victory at No. 16 Lehigh during the ESPNU Game of the Week on Wednesday evening. Senior attack Will Manny earned a trio of goals, including the game-winner, to pace the offense while the Minutemen held the Mountain Hawks to only one tally in the final half to claim the win at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

Senior attack Kyle Smith notched a multi-point performance on a goal and assist while freshman attack Dan Muller and sophomore attack Grant Whiteway earned one mark each. Senior Jake Smith led the defense with four groundballs and a career-high four caused turnovers while junior midfielder Joe Calvello won 8-of-14 faceoffs, including seven of the final 10, and scooped up five groundballs.

The Minutemen went ahead, 4-3 on Manny's first goal of the day with 3:21 to play in the second. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen started the play behind the net and sent a pass to Kyle Smith in front. Smith moved the ball to the crease on a pass to Manny, with the Massapequa, N.Y., native notching the tally on a shot at the front of the cage.

UMass doubled its lead in the third on Manny's second consecutive tally. Colin Fleming fired an on-target attempt that was stopped in front and looped over the cage to Manny. The senior attack snagged the ball out of the air, wrapped around the right post and shot into left side with 6:08 remaining in the quarter.

Manny added his third of the game to complete the hat trick with 5:06 remaining. Whippen held the play behind the net and directed a pass to Manny at the right post, with Manny sending a shot into the top-left for the 6-4 advantage.

ROAD WARRIORS
During its 14-game regular season schedule, the Minutemen will play nine contests on the road, including a stretch of four consecutive games away from Garber Field wrapping up with a meeting at Towson in Baltimore, Md., on Saturday, April 6. The nine contests played away from Amherst, Mass., are the most in an individual regular season since 1993 and tied for the highest number with three additional campaigns. The Minutemen also played nine contests away from home, including any regular season neutral-site competition, during 1993, 1989 and 1972. The four games hosted on the road consecutively, including regular season tournaments, marks the most since the beginning of the 1997 season.

NEW FACE IN NET
After redshirting the 2012 season as a freshman, Zach Oliveri is in his first campaign competing with the Minutemen and has adjusted to the college game immediately, as the Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native's success places him among the top-25 in goalkeeping, ranking Oliveri 14th in goals against average (8.31), 17th for save percentage (.565) and 27th in saves per game (10.73). With his goals-against number, Oliveri is the only freshman to rank among the top-20 in the nation.

MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
Despite missing five games this season due to injury, senior attack Will Manny still stands among the top offensive performers in the nation as the 2013 season progresses after a trio of successful campaigns at the collegiate level. Manny currently owns 179 points on 100 goals and 79 assists, ninth all-time in points among Minutemen. Through games on Wednesday, April 10, Manny ranks seventh nationally for career assists, tied for 12th in consecutive games with a point and 15th for goals scored, while earning a tie for ninth in hat tricks (17) through Sunday, April 7.

OLIVERI EARNS SECOND CAA WEEKLY HONOR
UMass men's lacrosse redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri earned his second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week honor on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Oliveri takes home the laurel following an eight save performance at Harvard, during which the Minutemen held the Crimson to six goals for the victory.

Oliveri helped UMass to its third win of the season with three saves during the second quarter as the Minutemen built a 6-2 lead on the strength of four consecutive goals. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native also stopped a trio of attempts during the initial stanza and added two more in the fourth as UMass fought off Harvard's late rally attempt. Oliveri has the highest save percentage in the CAA through three weeks, notching a .583 mark with 35 stops against 25 goals allowed.

MINUTEMEN WIN DEFENSIVE BATTLE AT HARVARD, 8-6
A balanced attack that featured seven Minutemen combining to net eight goals sent UMass men's lacrosse past Harvard during the Crimson's home-opener, 8-6 at Soldiers Field Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 23. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen led the Minutemen with a pair of goals while junior attack Connor Mooney and sophomore attack Grant Whiteway notched two points on one tally and an assist each. Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri earned eight saves in net to secure his third win in as many starts.

Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol netted the eventual game-winner during the third quarter, staking UMass to a 7-3 lead with 12:32 remaining in the stanza. Sokol keyed in from 10 yards away completing the play despite being checked to the turf during his shot. Whippen closed scoring for UMass following a pass from Mooney to extend the advantage back to three in the fourth, 8-5 with 5:36 to play.

Senior attack Kyle Smith, senior midfielder K.R. Jurgelevich and sophomore attack Sean Cleary also contributed a goal each to the team effort. The Minutemen defense, led by starters Jake Smith, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Kyle Karaska, forced 17 Harvard turnovers.

OLIVERI NETS PAIR OF WEEKLY HONORS
Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri took home a pair of laurels following a stalwart performance in net for the Minutemen against No. 4 North Carolina, stopping 18 shots to earn Co-CAA Player of the Week and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week for his efforts. Oliveri's biggest save came on a potential game-tying attempt as time expired against the Tar Heels, as the Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native deflected an attempt by Greg McBride at the buzzer to seal the 12-11 victory. Oliveri shares the CAA honor with Hofstra's Sam Llinares while being joined by women's track and field star Becca Stoyle as co-honorees by UMass.

UMASS EARNS COMEBACK WIN OVER #4 NORTH CAROLINA
Down 11-8 to No. 4 North Carolina entering the final quarter, the UMass men's lacrosse team used four unanswered goals to secure a 12-11 come-from-behind victory in the Southern Showdown at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., on Saturday, Feb. 16. Senior attack Kyle Smith and junior attack Connor Mooney paced the offense with four points on three goals and an assist each. Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri stopped 18 shots in net, including four during the final stanza when the Minutemen kept the Tar Heels off the board.

Freshman midfielder Andrew Sokol pulled UMass back within one with back-to-back goals to start the fourth, the seventh time on the contest that the Minutemen were within one of tying. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway added the tying mark, one of his two tallies against the Tar Heels, on an attempt at the crease, completing the play while being knocked to the ground. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen added a goal and an assist while sophomore attack Sean Cleary notched one mark while senior midfielder Bobby Tyler added one helper.

UMASS OPENS SEASON WITH WIN OVER ARMY
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team kicked off the current season with a 16-9 decision over Army at Garber Field on Sunday, Feb. 10. Delayed one day do to severe winter weather in the Northeast, the Minutemen recorded six-point games from junior Matt Whippen (five goals, one assist) and freshman Andrew Sokol (three goals, three assists) to help secure the victory. Senior K.R. Jurgelevich notched the eventual game-winner in the third quarter and redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri stopped nine shots in between the pipes to record his first collegiate victory in his first appearance and start for the Minutemen.

Kyle Smith JOINS 100-POINT CLUB
Senior attack Kyle Smith became the 39th member of the UMass 100-point club with his career day at Hartford on March 23. Smith entered competition with the Hawks at 96 points and used a single-game personal best six goals to help spur the Minutemen to victory and eclipse triple-digits for points scored with the program in the process. Smith leads the squad with 29 points on 19 goals and 10 assists this season and produced a single-season best 52 points on 33 goals and 19 assists as a junior last year. Smith became the second member of his family to join the group, as his father, Norm (1976-79), sits tied for 18th all-time with 140 points on 74 goals and 66 assists.

SUCCESS FROM THE START
In his first year as the main faceoff specialist, junior midfielder Joe Calvello ranks among the top performers in the country for the category. As of the April 7 NCAA reporting release, Calvello stands ninth nationally with a .587 faceoff percentage while the Naperville, Ill., native's 128 faceoff victories is tied for the 14th-highest in Division I. Calvello is also one of only two faceoff men in the top-10 competing in his first season as one of the leading specialists on his respective team, joining Georgetown's Tyler Knarr (sixth, .630).

Calvello's ability to control the X leads the Minutemen to own the eighth-highest team percentage in the nation (.583), as the junior had taken 218-of-223 faceoffs for the squad (97.8 percent). With securing the vast majority of UMass' faceoffs, Calvello is one of only five in the top-50 to hold down the spot with such consistency.

MANNY PLACED ON 2013 TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
Will Manny was named one of 67 nominees for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award and one of five hailing from the Colonial Athletic Association, as announced by the foundation responsible for issuing the laurel on Feb. 22. Manny, a 2012 finalist for the honor, entered the campaign three points shy of joining the UMass men's lacrosse top-10 for the category, with 167 on 93 goals and 74 assists.

ALL WE DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN
The University of Massachusetts has established itself as one of the top programs in the nation, and since 2001, UMass has accumulated the seventh-most wins of any program in college lacrosse with 129 victories and a 66.8 win percentage mark. This total includes six seasons with 12 or more wins, with a school record 15 victories last year. Nationally, Duke leads the way with 159 wins while Virginia follows in second with 153. The Minutemen are the only squad from the Colonial Athletic Association ranking among the top eight nationally and have averaged more than 11 wins per campaign during the span.

OVERTIME RESULTS
In defeating Penn State, 6-5 during overtime on March 31, 2007, the Minutemen started off an eight-game win streak when the contest is tied at the end of regulation. The run of eight straight victories included a thrilling three-OT win over Drexel, 11-10 on April 16, 2011 and a 9-8 decision over No. 14 Penn State to improve to 7-0 on March 17, 2012. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won nine of 11 games requiring extra minutes.

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!
Garber Field has proven to be one of the toughest home field advantages in all of college lacrosse. Set within the UMass tree-lined campus and adjacent to the historic Curry Hicks Cage, the Minutemen have posted a 73-23 record at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season (76.0 win percentage). UMass was a scoring machine at home during the 2012 campaign, posting 126 goals (14.0 per game) while allowing just 63 against (7.0 per game) and continued the trend with 16 goals scored against Army while only allowing nine to the Black Knights in the 2013 season-opener.

When playing at Garber Field, the Minutemen have held opponents to fewer than 10 goals in a game during 13 of the previous 14 home contests ending in regulation, with the lone game allowing more than single-digits was UMass' thrilling triple-overtime victory, 11-10 vs. Drexel on April 16, 2011. The last time the Minutemen gave up at least 10 goals against in a regulation contest at home was during the 2012 CAA Tournament Championship Game, an 18-12 victory over Drexel on May 5. Prior to that contest, it had not happened since a 10-9 loss to Towson on April 10, 2010.

FINDING THE OPEN MINUTEMAN
In his final season with the Minutemen, senior midfielder Bobby Tyler currently leads the squad with 12 assists through 10 games, tied for the fifth-highest total in the Colonial Athletic Association through play on Saturday, April 6. Tyler has stepped into an expanded roll in dishing out the ball as a senior, eclipsing his previous single-season career high total of six set as a junior during the March 5 contest at Albany, the fifth game of the season. After recording a single-game personal-best four assists during UMass' win over Army on Feb. 10, the Hudson, Ohio, native has performed consistently in dishing out the ball, notching at least one helper in six additional games, including two each at Albany on March 5 and Hartford on March 23.

MANNY BECOMES 10TH MINUTEMAN WITH 100 CAREER GOALS
With classmate Kyle Smith eclipsing 100 career points at Hartford, senior attack Will Manny surpassed 100 collegiate goals at Towson's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday, April 6. Opening the season with 93 tallies as a Minuteman, Manny has record seven goals in six appearances this year to become the 10th member of the 100-goals club. Entering competition against No. 17 Drexel, Manny has 179 points with UMass on 100 goals and 79 assists - one of only three Minutemen with at least 100 goals and 75 assists along with Jeff Spooner (1974-77) and Jim Weller (1979-82).

WHIPPEN TAKES HOME CAA, UMASS LAURELS
Junior midfielder Matt Whippen tallied Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week honors on Monday, Feb. 11, in recognition of his explosive play on the attack as the Minutemen downed Army, 16-9 on Sunday. The laurels mark the first of Whippen's career and come after the junior tallied five goals and an assist in the team's season-opening victory at Garber Field.

Whippen proved instrumental in the Sunday victory, tying with teammate Andrew Sokol with a game-high six points. Whippen recorded his first collegiate point on a goal during the opening quarter to put UMass in the scoring column and knot the contest at 1-1 with 10:49 remaining. Whippen went on to add a trio of goals during the decisive second and third quarters as the Minutemen built a 13-8 lead entering the final stanza. The Chelmsford, Mass., native then secured the initial tally of the fourth quarter before assisting Kyle Smith on the final goal of the game.

Dating back to last season, Whippen was the fourth consecutive UMass men's lacrosse player to receive at least a share of the CAA Player of the Week honor, with now-senior Will Manny taking home the final 2012 season award on April 30. He shares the UMass Co-Athlete of the Week award with men's basketball point guard Chaz Williams.

THE YOUTH MOVEMENT
With the limited playing time of Will Manny and Colin Fleming due to injury, new faces to the lineup have stepped into expanded roles, leading the squad to five victories so far this season, including two over teams ranked in the USILA Top-20. Competing alongside veterans in senior attack Kyle Smith, junior attack Connor Mooney and senior midfielders K.R. Jurgelevich and Bobby Tyler, players with less than two full seasons in the lineup own 48 of the 92 goals (52.3 percent) and 65 of the 143 points (45.5 percent) recorded by the Minutemen. Below is a breakdown of scoring by the newcomers and veterans of the Minutemen lineup.

"GARBER'S GORILLA'S" EXPLAINED
For the past 48 years, the University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse team has held the unofficial nickname of "Gorillas." In 1965, UMass took in its first high-profile recruit, Kevin O'Connor, from New York. His girlfriend, poking a bit of fun at the relatively diminutive size of the Minutemen players at the time, drew a picture of a gorilla donning a lacrosse helmet with a stick in its hand. The art major and members of the team made stickers of the newly adopted moniker and put them everywhere, including their helmets. Thus, the nickname, "Garber's Gorillas" and style of play, "Gorilla Lacrosse" were born.

MINUTEMEN RECEIVE PRESEASON PRAISE
The Minutemen received high praise from the Colonial Athletic Association and national polls during the 2013 preseason, with the squad expected to challenge for the CAA Title and an NCAA Tournament berth yet again. The CAA picked UMass to win the conference ahead of Penn State (picked 2nd), Drexel and Hofstra (t-3rd), Delaware (5th), Towson (6th) and Saint Joseph's (7th).

During the announcement, the CAA also recognized senior attack Will Manny as the preseason conference player of the year while tabbing Colin Fleming, Ryan Hollenbaugh and Jake Smith to join Manny on the preseason all-CAA listing.

Nationally, the Minutemen are featured in each of the major polls, including ranking 12th in the USILA Coaches Ranking and 13th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Top-20.

NEILA NAMES TRIO TO PRESEASON LISTING
The New England Interscholastic Lacrosse Association (NEILA) selected three Minutemen for the organization's preseason all-Division I listing on Monday afternoon. Seniors Colin Fleming, Will Manny and Jake Smith were among those highlighted from across New England, with Manny being named the Player of the Year while all three were featured on the All-NEILA Team.

Manny had a goal during the season-opener against Army and entered 2013 ranking 11th all-time on the UMass scoring list with 167 points on 93 goals and 74 assists. Manny suffered a broken thumb prior to the Minutemen's victory over North Carolina and was unable to compete in the win over the No. 4 nationally ranked Tar Heels.

Fleming, who was drafted into Major League Lacrosse with Manny and Smith during the 2013 preseason, finished fourth in goals and points on the Minutemen squad last year, finishing with 26 tallies and eight assists for 34 points. The 6-foot-6 senior from Bryn Mawr, Pa., entered his senior campaign with 56 career points on 42 goals and 14 helpers.

In his third year as a starter, Smith began 2013 with 31 starts in 37 total appearances and had scooped up 53 career balls while causing 37 turnovers during his first three seasons with the Minutemen. Through six contests on the current campaign, Smith has 11 groundballs and six caused turnovers while helping limit opponents to 9.47 goals per game.

THREE DRAFTED INTO MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE
UMass men's lacrosse seniors Will Manny, Jake Smith and Colin Fleming were selected with the 14th, 30th and 49th picks, respectively, during the 2013 Major League Lacrosse draft held in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 11. Manny and Smith will continue to compete together following the conclusion of their Minutemen careers as both were taken by the Boston Cannons, while Fleming heads to Ohio to join the Machine this summer.

Manny was the first of the group selected during the draft, with Boston nabbing the 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist in the second round with the 14th pick of the day. Manny is the active points leader on the Minutemen with 167 entering the 2013 campaign on the strength of 93 goals and 74 assists. The 2010 CAA Rookie of the Year and 2012 Player of the Year was the first of eight CAA student-athletes taken during the draft.

Boston followed two rounds later with their second selection from UMass, taking Smith 30th overall. Smith, a two-year starter on the Minutemen defense, owns 43 groundballs and 37 caused turnovers in three seasons with the team, helping UMass hold opponents to just 7.19 goals per game during the 2012 campaign.

Fleming rounded out the trio, as the 6-foot-6 senior was selected with the first pick of the seventh round and 49th overall on the evening by the Ohio Machine. Fleming had a breakout season in 2012 to help UMass to its Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships, tallying 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists. Fleming will start his senior campaign with 56 career points on 42 goals and 14 assists. The selection marks the second consecutive season Ohio has drafted a Minuteman, after the Machine picked up 2012 graduate Anthony Biscardi during last season's selection process.

LOCKDOWN DEFENSE
An experienced and talented trio of long poles, anchored by goalie Tim McCormack turned in one of the best defensive seasons in program history in 2012. UMass allowed double-figure scoring just three times all season while forcing opponents into more turnovers than the Minutemen in 11-of-16 games. Of the top-25 point producers in the country, UMass faced nine of them, holding six in the group to two points or fewer in games against the Minutemen.

Carrying the trend into the 2013 season despite changes in net, at close defense and among the midfielders, UMass continues to limit opponents. The Minutemen are second in the conference for most contests holding opponents to single-digits tallies this season, eight, as UMass has limited foes to 8.36 goals per game through 11 contests, dropping that number to 7.50 given up over the last six contests.

 

 

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