UMass Heads To Hofstra For Night Game At Shuart Stadium
April 19, 2013
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.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE PRIDE
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.
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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
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
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
NEW FACE IN NET
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.
Kyle Smith JOINS 100-POINT CLUB
MINUTEMEN WIN BATTLE AT HARVARD, 8-6
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.
UMASS EARNS COMEBACK WIN OVER #4 NORTH CAROLINA
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
SUCCESS FROM THE START
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
MANNY ECLIPSES 100 CAREER GOALS SCORED
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 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
MANNY PLACED ON 2013 TEWAARATON WATCH LIST
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.
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.
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.
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