Minutemen Return To Garber Field To Face #17 Drexel
April 11, 2013
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.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE DRAGONS
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.
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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
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
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.
NEW FACE IN NET
MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
OLIVERI EARNS SECOND CAA WEEKLY HONOR
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
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
UMASS EARNS COMEBACK WIN OVER #4 NORTH CAROLINA
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.
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Kyle Smith JOINS 100-POINT CLUB
SUCCESS FROM THE START
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
ALL WE DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN
WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!
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
MANNY BECOMES 10TH MINUTEMAN WITH 100 CAREER GOALS
WHIPPEN TAKES HOME CAA, UMASS LAURELS
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
"GARBER'S GORILLA'S" EXPLAINED
MINUTEMEN RECEIVE PRESEASON PRAISE
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
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
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.
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.