Men's Lacrosse

 
UMass Heads To Hofstra For Night Game At Shuart Stadium

Close defender Jake Smith earned five groundballs and a caused turnover the last time UMass faced Hofstra, a 14-13 Minutemen victory at Gillette Stadium on April 21, 2012.


Close defender Jake Smith earned five groundballs and a caused turnover the last time UMass faced Hofstra, a 14-13 Minutemen victory at Gillette Stadium on April 21, 2012.

April 19, 2013

 Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: UMass (5-7 Overall, 0-4 CAA) vs. #20 Hofstra (7-5, 2-2)
 Date/Time Saturday, April 20, 2013 | 7:00 PM
 Location James M. Shuart Stadium (13,000) | Hempstead, N.Y.
 TV Information Verizon FIOS1 (Tape delayed - check local listings for availability)
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 Series History UMass leads, 20-17 (Last: UMass 14, Drexel 13; April 21, 2012)
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QUICK HITS
About the 2013 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 142-of-249 faceoffs (57.0 percent).
• 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.
• 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 (8.56).
• Continues the historic trend of featuring a strong defense, placing in the top-20 nationally for scoring defense (17th; 9.17) and man-down defense (15th; .719).
• 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, committing only 13.58 turnovers per game (12th nationally).
• Returned Colin Fleming and Will Manny against #18 Penn State after four and five game absences, respectively.
• Won its first three games for the 16th time in program history and third consecutive season.
• Had a set of six-point days against Army from players recording their first collegiate points in Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol.
• Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.

SCOUTING HOFSTRA
Hofstra, ranked No. 20 in the nation according to the USILA Coaches Poll released on Monday, April 15, hosts UMass for its next contest, entering play against the Minutemen with a 7-5 overall record and 2-2 CAA mark. The Pride looks to rebound from a 14-5 loss to No. 3 North Carolina suffered on Saturday, April 13, a squad the Minutemen defeated, 12-11 earlier in the season. UMass leads the all-time series, 20-17, including a 14-13 victory on April 21, 2012 in the most recent meeting between the teams, held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.

Torin Varn and Sam Llinares each own 29 points this season, tied for the top spot on the squad. Varn owns 27 goals and a pair of assists while Llinares adds 17 tallies and 12 helpers. Adrian Sorichetti follows with 24 points on 13 goals and 11 assists while Drew Coholan chips in 18 points on a dozen marks and six assists.

Chris Selva starts in goal for the Pride, allowing just 6.95 goals per game while earning a .623 save percentage over 725:39 in the cage. In 428 shots faced on the year, Selva has stopped 139 on-target attempts while giving up 84 tallies. John Antoniades serves as the main faceoff specialist for Hofstra, securinge 110 of the 213 he has taken (51.6 win percentage) with a team-high 59 groundballs scooped up to go with one goal in 11 shots.

Overall, Hofstra has outscored foes, 106-84 with more points on the year, 158-131. The Pride have also taken more shots, 438-429 and on-target attempts, 249-224 to go with a greater number of man-up goals, 22-15. Groundballs, 341-308 and caused turnovers, 57-54 favor the opposition through 12 games played.

The Last Meeting
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April 21, 2012
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
No. 1 Men's Lax Edges Hofstra, 14-13, To Earn CAA Regular-Season Title
A four-goal fourth quarter run and a caused turnover by Greg Rushing with 25 seconds left in regulation gave the No. 1 UMass men's lacrosse team a 14-13 win over Hofstra on Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium. With the win, the Minutemen capture the 2012 CAA Regular-Season title and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming CAA Championship Tournament. Kyle Smith, Art Kell and Colin Fleming paced the Minutemen with three goals each in the win.

LAST TIME AGAINST THE PRIDE
A four-goal fourth quarter run and a caused turnover by Greg Rushing with 25 seconds left in regulation gave the No. 1 UMass men's lacrosse team a 14-13 win over Hofstra on April 21, 2012 at Gillette Stadium. With the win, the Minutemen captured the 2012 CAA regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2012 CAA Tournament. Kyle Smith, Art Kell and Colin Fleming paced the Minutemen with three goals each in the win. UMass improved to a perfect 12-0 overall and 5-0 in the CAA, while Hofstra fell to 6-7 overall and 2-3 in league play.

Smith added a pair of assists to go with his three goals, while Mike Fetterly secured a pair of helpers as well. Tim McCormack made seven saves in goal to earn the win. Along with his caused turnover, Rushing added a team-best six groundballs, while long pole defenseman Jake Smith added five groundballs and a caused turnover.

The opening 15 minutes of play did not dictate what the rest of the game would entail for the Minutemen, as UMass scored four times in the first quarter. Fleming, Connor Mooney, Will Manny, and Kell combined to tally the first four scores of the contest.

Hofstra capitalized on its strong interior defense by scoring four times in the second quarter, starting with a Mike Malave goal, just 33 seconds into the second frame. The Pride concluded the first half with two scores by Aaron Jones and Tyler Johnston to make it 8-5 heading into the break.

With momentum on their side, the Pride stepped up in the opening quarter of the second half, outscoring UMass 5-2, including the third quarter's final four goals make it dead even at 10 heading into the fourth.

Hofstra took its first lead of the game with 14:52 left in regulation, making it 11-10. That lead lasted just under two minutes as UMass outscored the Pride 4-2 beginning at 2:04 in the final frame. Lancer Yapor tallied the game's final goal, but the top-ranked Minutemen pulled away with the one goal victory, 14-13.

Andrew Gvozden stopped 14 shots between the pipes for Hofstra. Mike Malave and Mike DeNapoli recorded hat tricks in the Pride's 13 goal effort.

UMass outshot Hofstra 42-to-31, and beat the Pride on the ground 37-to-20 on ground balls. The Pride held the advantage in the faceoff circle winning 17-of-30 battles.

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

MOST RECENT: 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. Junior attack 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. Senior attack 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 (9-3 overall, 4-1 CAA) 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. Senior defender Jake Smith forced a Robert Church turnover in the UMass 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.

Drexel notched a goal each from Frederick and Ben McIntosh to stake the visitors to a 2-0 lead with 8:39 remaining in the first before UMass responded with four consecutive tallies to establish the back-and-forth offensive play shown throughout the contest.

Whiteway earned his first of five goals on a pass from Manny with 3:45 to play in the opening quarter. Manny followed up his helper with a goal only 2:06 later to even the contest at 2-2. The Minutemen continued the run with back-to-back tallies to start the second quarter as Mooney earned a goal only 23 seconds into the stanza. Whiteway followed at the 12:01 mark before four straight Drexel marks gave the visitors a 6-4 lead approaching halftime.

Tyler broke the Drexel scoring stretch on his first goal of the year with 2:28 to play in the second. Tyler controlled play 20 yards from the Drexel cage and sprinted toward the net before placing a shot by Winkleman to cut the deficit to 6-5.

Kyle Smith followed with back-to-back goals spanning 26 seconds to put UMass in front, 7-6. To notch the first of the duo, Smith converted an acrobatic play at the left post for the goal. Met by a defender at the crease, Smith jumped into the air in an attempt to dodge the hit and create a shooting angle, being spun 360 degrees as a result of the physical play while depositing a one-handed attempt into the back of the cage.

The Minutemen (5-7, 0-4) appeared to be headed to the break with a one-game advantage after Kyle Smith added UMass' seventh of the day following a pass from Ryan Izzo with 59 seconds left in the second; however, Robert Church rallied the Dragons following the ensuing faceoff. After Drexel established possession following a UMass turnover, Church raced from the left post toward the center of the field before firing an attempt on-target with 17 seconds left to tie the game at 7-7.

The Minutemen maintained their scoring output during the final half, with Mooney and Whiteway notching a goal each only nine seconds apart to stake UMass to a 9-7 lead with 12:41 to play in the third. After Mooney's tally with 12:50 remaining, UMass won the following faceoff, with junior midfielder Joe Calvello scooping up the groundball and racing toward the Drexel net to begin the fastbreak play. Calvello found Kyle Smith near the cage, with the Longmeadow, Mass., native distributing to Whiteway to complete the scoring chance.

After Drexel answered with consecutive tallies to even the score at 9-9, the squads exchanged goals throughout the reminder of the third until McIntosh added his fifth of the day with 1:49 to play to give the visiting side a 12-11 lead entering the final frame. With McIntosh scoring five goals to pace Drexel, Whiteway answered the Dragons' star with a set of goals to open the fourth and match McIntosh's output for the day.

Whiteway tied the contest at 12-12 with 13:11 to play on a pass from Tyler before using his 18th goal of the year to stake the Minutemen to a 13-12 lead 27 seconds later. After Drexel's run of three consecutive goals put the Dragons ahead 15-13 at the 4:28 mark, Manny added UMass' final tally of the day with 3:41 to play.

McIntosh's six points on five goals and an assist paced Drexel. Trizano (three goals, one assist), Church (two goals, two assists) and Frederick (two goals, two assists) each finished with four points on the day while Fusco added a hat trick with three tallies.

UMass finished with a slim advantage in shots, 46-45 and groundballs, 33-30. The Minutemen ended 16-of-18 on clear attempts while Drexel went 13-for-17. Oliveri and Goodhue combined for 16 stops for UMass while Winkleman notched 11 saves for the Dragons.

The UMass defense earned 10 caused turnovers against Drexel, with Jake Smith leading the way with four while adding five groundballs. Calvello finished with a team-best eight groundballs while winning 14-of-31 faceoffs.

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 sophomore 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.

UMass 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.

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 185 points on 102 goals and 83 assists, ninth all-time in points among Minutemen. Through games on Wednesday, April 17, Manny ranks seventh nationally for career assists, tied for ninth in hat tricks (17), tied for 12th in consecutive games with a point (26) and 15th for goals scored.

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 16th in goals-against average (8.56), 17th for save percentage (.557). With his goals-against number, Oliveri is the only freshman to rank among the top-20 in the nation while being one of only four first-year goalies in the same grouping for save percentage.

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.

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 37 points on 22 goals and 15 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. With his single-game career-high-tying eight points performance against #17 Drexel, Smith moved into a tie for 29th place on the listing with 114 points on 71 goals and 43 assists.

MINUTEMEN WIN 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.

Sophomore 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.

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.

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.

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 and senior midfielder Bobby Tyler added one helper.

MINUTEMEN OPEN 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 Matt Whippen (five goals, one assist) and Andrew Sokol (three goals, three assists) to help secure the victory. K.R. Jurgelevich notched the eventual game-winner in the third quarter and 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.

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 14 NCAA reporting release, Calvello stands 15th nationally with a .570 faceoff percentage while the Naperville, Ill., native's 142 faceoff victories is tied for the 12th-highest in Division I. Calvello is also one of only three 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 (seventh, .617) and Delaware's Tyler Barbarich (11th, .580).

Calvello's ability to control the X leads the Minutemen to own the ninth-highest team percentage in the nation (.565), as the junior had taken 249-of-255 faceoffs for the squad (97.6 percent). With securing the vast majority of UMass' faceoffs, Calvello is one of only four in the top-50 to hold down the spot with such consistency.

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 66.5 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 160 wins while Syracuse and Virginia follow in second with 153 each. 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.

MANNY ECLIPSES 100 CAREER GOALS SCORED
With classmate Kyle Smith topping 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 Hofstra, Manny has 185 points with UMass on 102 goals and 83 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).

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 73-24 record at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season (75.3 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 15 home contests ending in regulation, with the lone games allowing more than single-digits coming during the thrilling triple-overtime victory, 11-10 vs. Drexel on April 16, 2011, and heartbreaking 15-14 loss to the Dragons on April 13, 2013.

"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.

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 CAA, 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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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