#14 UMass Hosts CAA Battle Saturday, Vs. Drexel
#14 UMass Returns Home, Hosts Drexel In CAA Battle
• After nearly a month on the road, the 14th-ranked UMass men's lacrosse team returns to the friendly confines of Garber Field for a huge CAA battle against Drexel on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Minutemen stand at 7-3 overall and 2-1 in league, winning back-to-back league games at Saint Joseph's and Towson. Drexel, receiving votes in both polls, is 6-5 and 2-2 in the CAA.
• Saturday's game will be televised on CBS 3 Now in Western Massachusetts. The game will be available on Comcast Channel 293, Charter Channel 230 and on the UMass campus on Channel 79. Josh Maurer will call the action with former All-American Norm Smith. WMUA 91.1 FM will have the radio broadcast of the action. Live streaming video, audio and GameTracker stats will be available on UMassAthletics.com.
• UMass and Drexel are fighting for positioning in the CAA with just three weeks left in the regular-season. The top four teams in the standings qualify for the CAA Tournament, which is held on May 4 and 7 at campus sites. UMass is tied for third with Penn State at 2-1 in the league while the Dragons are a half-game back at 2-2 in CAA play. Delaware tops the standings with a perfect 3-0 mark while Hofstra -- next week's UMass opponent -- is second at 3-1.
• This is just the second-ever meeting between UMass and Drexel as the Minutemen joined the CAA last season. The Dragons posted a 12-6 win over the Minutemen in the first meeting last year on May 1. Will Manny and Anthony Biscardi each had a goal and two assists in the loss.
• Saturday's game pits top two offenses in the CAA with Drexel scoring 11.0 goals per game and UMass at 10.5 each contest. The top four scorers in the CAA will be in action. Drexel's Scott Perri leads the league with 50 points on 29 goals and 21 assists. UMass' Art Kell and Manny are tied for second in the league with 31 points for 3.1 points per game. Kell has a team-high 19 goals along with 12 assists. Manny has 16 goals and a team-best 15 assists. The fourth-leading scorer in the league is Drexel's Robert Church, who tallies 3.09 points per game with 34 points (19 goals and 15 assists).
In The Polls
• UMass is ranked 14th in the current USILA Coaches Poll and 15th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. UMass has been ranked all season. The Minutemen had been ranked as high as No. 5 in both polls for the week on March 7. The No. 5 ranking was the highest since also being fifth to end the 2003 regular-season as UMass played in the NCAA Tournament as the 5th-ranked team.
• Here's a look at UMass' opponents in this week's poll (USILA/IL): Hofstra (8th/8th), Army (17th/18th), Delaware (19th/20th). Also receiving votes are: Drexel, Ohio State, Harvard, Penn State, Hartford and Brown.
Last Year's Drexel Game
May 1: Drexel 12, UMass 6
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - After jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first 6:30 of the game, No. 9 UMass allowed No. 13 Drexel to go on a 7-0 run as the Dragons captured a 12-6 win on a hot afternoon at Vidas Field.
The Dragons (10-4, 3-2) compiled an 11-2 run bridging from the mid-first quarter through the early fourth quarter to build a lead as large as 11-5 with 11 minutes left in the fourth.
Scott Perri had four goals for Drexel. Adam Dennis racked up five points with two goals and three assists. Kevin Stockel had two goals and an assist.
Will Manny had his 13th multi-point game in as many games during his freshman campaign with a goal and two assists - all in the game's first 6:23. Ryan Liebel had two goals for UMass. Anthony Biscardi had a goal and two assists. UMass' other goals came from Will Jeffery and Ryan Hantverk.
Drexel's 7-0 scoring run over 17 minutes put the Dragons up 7-3 with six minutes left in the first half. The Minutemen stopped the bleeding as Jeffery scored his first of the season on a long-pole dodge. But the Dragons own long-stick scored as Dana Wilber made it 8-4 Drexel at halftime.
UMass jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a trio of goals in just over a three-minute span as Manny, Biscardi and Liebel each scored with 8:37 left in the first quarter. Manny was part of the scoring on all three goals, assisting the second and third goals of the game.
UMass Men & Women Ranked
• UMass is one of nine schools in the nation to have ranked men's and women's lacrosse teams this week. The UMass men are No. 14 in the USILA Coaches Poll. The women are No. 15 in the deBeer Women's Media Poll as the Minutewomen are 11-2 overall.
• New to the list this week is Loyola, which is now No. 20 in the men's poll and No. 3 in the women's poll.
• Six of the top 10 men's team are ranked in the women's poll.
• UMass has been on this list since the third week of the season, dating in late February.
• Sophomore Will Manny has scored in all 24 games of his career to mark the longest current streak on UMass. This season, Manny is tied for the least lead on the team in points with 31 on 16 goals and a team-best 15 assists. He ranks 24th in the NCAA in assists per game (1.5 per game). Manny has eight goals in his last two games.
• In addition to Manny, senior captain Ryan Hantverk has points in all 10 games this season. He has 14 goals and five assists for 19 points, fourth on the team.
• The team's co-leading scorer with Manny Art Kell has points in nine of 10 games for his team-high 31 points on a team-best 19 goals and 12 assists. Kell has goals in 27 of his last 30 games overall.
• Junior Anthony Biscardi has points in nine of 10 games this year. He has multiple points in all nine games he has points this season. Biscardi is third on the team in points with 24 on 15 goals and nine assists.
• Mike Fetterly had points in six games in a row from (2/26-3/29) with four goals and six assists for 10 points in the run.
• UMass has a stout 8.07 GAA in 10 games this season, backstopped by junior captain Tim McCormack. The goalie has a 7.93 goals against average and a 55.9 save percentage. He posted a season-best 17 saves, second-most in a game in his career at Harvard (3/29).
• On the close defense, sophomore Jake Smith is 18th in the NCAA in caused turnovers per game with 1.8 (18 in 10 games). He also has 15 groundballs.
• UMass' man-down defense has been strong, allowing just 19.4 percent on the year. Opponents have just seven goals on 34 opportunities. That ranks ninth in the NCAA
One Of The Final 9 Undefeated
• UMass was one of the final nine unbeaten teams in the NCAA in 2011, before losing to Albany on March 8. UMass' 4-0 start was the best since beginning 2003 at 8-0. As of March 14, there are just four unbeatens: Syracuse, Notre Dame, Hofstra and Yale.
Big Winners For Last 10 Years
• UMass has established itself as one of the top programs in the nation. Since 2001, UMass has the eighth-most wins of any program in college lacrosse with 106 victories, tied with Princeton.
• The Minutemen have the eighth-best win mark among all teams in the NCAA since 2001 with a 106-55 record for a 65.8 win percentage mark. That includes five seasons with 12 or more wins including a school record 13 wins in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The Minutemen were second on the list coming into the 2007 season.
• Virginia leads the way (131-41, 76.2) in most wins and highest percentage. No. 2 is Duke (129-50, 72.1), Syracuse third at (127-38, 77.0) with No. 4 Johns Hopkins (121-40, 75.1), No. 5 Maryland (119-50, 70.4), No. 6 Cornell (117-42, 73.6), No. 7 is Georgetown (108-46, 70.1) and UMass is tied with No. 8 Princeton (106-50, 67.9). UMass is ahead of Navy (103-57, 64.4) in terms of wins.
Lucky Numbers 10, 11, 13
• UMass has won 73 of its last 74 games when scoring 13 goals (98.6 win percentage), with three wins this season -- all on the road: 16-9 at Saint Joseph's (4/2), 14-6 at Providence (3/15) and 14-10 at Hartford (2/19). UMass was 3-1 last year when tallying 13 or more.
• When scoring 11 goals or more, UMass has won 54 of its last 56 games, a 96.4 win percentage. This season, UMass has four games with 11-plus goals. The Minutemen had at least 11 goals in the first eight games of the 2010 season with a 6-2 record.
• UMass had won 45 games in a row when scoring 11 or more goals until falling at Yale, 13-12 on March 5, 2010. The Minutemen also lost to Harvard, 14-13 last season on March 13, marking the most goals UMass scored in a loss since a 16-15 defeat to Delaware on April 15, 1995. UMass had won 67 games in a row when scoring 13 or more goals.
• UMass is 44-3 in its last 47 games when scoring double-figures, (93.6 win percentage) with wins over Hartford, Ohio State, Providence and Saint Joseph's this year after posting an mark 8-2 last year. UMass had won 29 games in a row when scoring 10 or more goals, but that streak was snapped with a 11-10 loss to Hofstra on Feb. 21, 2009. The Minutemen were 29-0 when scoring 10 or more goals from 2004-09. Prior to the loss at Hofstra, the last loss when scoring 10 goals came on May 1, 2004, a 17-10 loss at Syracuse.).
Among the national, CAA Leaders
• In the statistical categories as of April 11, UMass has several players listed among the top 50.
• Sophomore attacker Will Manny is 24th in the NCAA and third in the CAA assists per game with 1.5 with 15 on the season. Junior attacker Art Kell is 45th in assists per game (1.1) nationally and seventh in the CAA.
• Kell and Manny are tied for 23rd in points per game in the NCAA and second in the CAA (3.1) with 31 points in 10 games.
• Kell's six assists vs. Hartford (2/19), rank as the most by a player in the nation this season.
• Kell is 53rd in the NCAA and fourth in the CAA goals per game with 1.9 (19 in nine games) Manny is eighth in goals per game in the league with 1.6.
• Goalie Tim McCormack is ranked 15th nationally and second in the CAA in goals against average with a 7.93 mark. He is also 16th in save percentage and third int he league with a mark of 55.9.
• Sophomore Jake Smith is 18th in caused turnovers per game with 1.8. He posted a career-high five in the win over No. 20 Brown (3/5) and four CTs in the win over No. 13 Ohio State (2/26).
• As a team, UMass is ninth in man-down defense at 80.6. UMass is sixth in fewest turnovers per game (14.0).
Biscardi Added To Tewaaraton Watch List
• Junior midfielder Anthony Biscardi was added to the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List for the best player in college lacrosse. UMass top midfielder has 24 points on 15 goals and nine assists this season.
Kell Honored After 8-Point Game
• Junior attacker Art Kell was named the CAA Lacrosse Co-Player of the Week on Feb. 21 and the New England Lacrosse Player of the Week after an 8-point game against Hartford (2/19).
• Kell recorded the eight points in UMass' 14-10 win over Hartford Saturday, marking the most points by a UMass player since Sean Morris' total of eight against Hofstra (2/26/2006). The junior scored two points and dished out a career-best six assists. All six of Kell's assists came in the second half when the Minutemen outscored Hartford 9-3. It was the most assists by a UMass player since Kevin Leveille had six against Albany (3/18/2002).
Trio Of Captains
• Hantverk is a returning starting midfielder, who tallied 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists last season. Rahn is the team's top long-stick defensive midfielder. he scooped 32 groundballs and caused nine turnovers a season ago.
• McCormack returns for his second season as the backtop after starting all 14 games last season. He posted a 10.13 goals against average and a 52.3 save percentage with the 8-6 record.
UMass On TV Six Times
• The UMass men's lacrosse team will play five televised games as part of the school's agreement with CBS 3 Now in Springfield, Mass. The games will be shown throughout Western Mass., on Comcast Channel 293, Charter Channel 230 and on the UMass campus on Channel 79. UMass will handle all of the production in-house for the telecasts. UMass will play two more games on CBS 3 Now April 16 vs. Drexel at 1 p.m., and April 29 vs. Delaware on April 29 at 7 p.m.
• All six home games will be available online as part of UMass All-Access. Select road games could also be shown on UMass All-Access. Those will be determined closer to the game dates.
• In addition to the five games on CBS 3 Now, UMass will play on ESPNU against Hofstra on April 23 as part of the ESPNU Warrior Classic at Renstchler Field, starting at 3 p.m.
UMass Lax Joins Athletes For America
The UMass men's lacrosse team joined forces with Athletes For America last October as the Minutemen players and coaches were all part of a two and a half hour CPR training session hosted by the campus EMTs. The men's lacrosse team is the first UMass team to become part of the AFA, and the athletic department is currently in discussions about how to include the remaining 550 student-athletes into the program.