Men's Lacrosse

UMass Hosts Delaware For 2013 Senior Night On Friday

Ryan Izzo scored one of UMass' 17 goals against Delaware the last time the squads met, a 17-6 Mintemen victory on April 27, 2012.

Ryan Izzo scored one of UMass' 17 goals against Delaware the last time the squads met, a 17-6 Mintemen victory on April 27, 2012.

April 22, 2013

 Men's Lacrosse Game Notes: UMass (6-7 Overall, 1-4 CAA) vs. Delaware (5-9, 1-4)
 Date/Time Friday, April 26, 2013 | 7:00 PM
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Series History UMass leads, 10-4 (Last: UMass 17, Delaware 6; April 27, 2012)
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About the 2013 season...
• Earned victory in at least three games against USILA ranked opponents for the fourth straight year and 11th time under head coach Greg Cannella.
• Features a new primary faceoff specialist in junior Joe Calvello, who has won 155-of-268 faceoffs (57.8 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.
• Added a new player to the 100-point club in Kyle Smith, the 39th member of the group and second from his family, joining his father, Norm.
• 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.

Delaware men's lacrosse brings a 5-9 overall record and 1-4 CAA mark into competition at UMass' Garber Field on Friday evening, including a trio of victories among its four most recent contests. Before losing to No. 9 Penn State, 13-7 on Saturday, April 20, the Blue Hens reeled off consecutive victories over Marist, 8-7; Michigan, 12-5 and Saint Joseph's 11-6 after starting the year with a 2-8 record in the opening 10 games. The Minutemen hold a 10-4 lead in the all-time season, including a 4-2 mark at home. UMass won the last meeting, taking a 17-6 decision from the Blue Hens at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del., on April 27, 2012.

Nick Diachenko leads the team with 37 points on 33 goals and four assists while Eric Smith follows with 18 tallies and 11 helpers. Connor McRoy adds 25 points with a dozen goals and 13 assists while Brian Kormondy is fourth with 12 marks and six helpers for 18 points. Danny Keane (16), Ian Robertson (15) and Sean Finegan (10) have also reached double-figures in points for the Blue Hens through 14 contests.

Conor Peaks and Chris Herbert have split time in the cage for Delaware in 2013. Peaks has more appearances (12) - mixing in six starts - while totaling 372:18 on the year. Peaks owns an 8.22 goals-against average with a .560 save percentage on 65 stops and 51 tallies allowed. Herbert has played in and started eight games with 451:55 in the cage, allowing 10.49 goals per game while securing a .541 save percentage with 93 stops and 79 goals given up. Peaks is 3-3 on the year and Herbert owns a 2-6 record. Brett Anton closed out the remaining time in the cage with 18:02 played over three games, allowing four goals and making three saves.

Tyler Barbarich serves as the main faceoff specialist for the Blue Hens, with 163 victories in 284 attempts (.574 win percentage) to go with a team-high 78 groundballs, the second-most in the CAA overall and per-game (5.57).

Overall, Delaware has been outscored this season, 134-127 while foes hold a 208-182 advantage in points. Opponents own the slimmest lead possible in shots, 480-479, while totaling more on-target attempts, 296-294 and a greater number of man-up goals, 15-11. The Blue Hens have earned advantages in groundballs, 472-403 and caused turnovers, 103-85 while winning 173-of-313 faceoffs (55.3 percent).

The Last Meeting
April 27, 2012
Newark, Del.
Men's Lax Wraps Up Perfect Regular-Season With 17-6 Win At Delaware
Tewaaraton nominees Will Manny and Anthony Biscardi combined for 13 of the Minutemen's 28 points as the No. 2 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated Delaware 17-6 on Friday evening to conclude the regular-season. UMass posted its first perfect regular-season since 1969 - the only other squad in program history to do so. The Minutemen also tied the program's record for wins in a season at 13 and will have a chance to break that record next Wednesday in the CAA Semifinals at Garber Field.

Tewaaraton nominees Will Manny and Anthony Biscardi combined for 13 of the Minutemen's 28 points as the No. 2 UMass men's lacrosse team defeated Delaware, 17-6 on Friday, April 27, 2012 to conclude the regular-season. UMass posted its first perfect regular-season since 1969 - the only other squad in program history to do so.

The Minutemen also tied the UMass record for wins in a season, 13, with the victory at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. The win improved UMass to 13-0 overall and 6-0 in the CAA. Delaware concluded its season with a 6-9 record and a 1-5 mark in league play.

Manny led all scorers with eight points on six goals and two assists, while Biscardi had four goals and one helper. Kyle Smith secured two goals, two assists and four groundballs, while Art Kell (two goals, one assist), Mike Fetterly (one goal, one assist) and Steve D'Amario (one goal, two assists) also contributed on the offensive end. Tom Celentani anchored a stout defensive effort with three caused turnovers and four groundballs, aiding goalie Tim McCormack, who earned the win with 11 saves.

The Blue Hens were led by Carter Bloor who notched three goals. Delaware's leading scorer, Gran Kaleikau was held to just one goal and one assist on the day. Brett Anton took the loss in cage, making 10 saves against allowing 13 goals. Chris Herbert relieved Anton for the final 16:56 of play, stopping four Minuteman shots.

The two teams traded goals to start the game, but UMass caught fire bridging a five-goal run over the first and second quarters to take a 6-1 lead with 3:13 remaining before halftime.

Bloor tallied the first goal of the second half to pull Delaware within 7-3, but Biscardi scored his second tally of the day just over two minutes later to spark a three-goal scoring streak for the visiting-Minutemen. Manny capped the quick run with an unassisted goal at the 6:55 mark of the third extending the lead to 10-3. The Minutemen closed the third quarter on another three goal run making the score 13-4 heading into the fourth.

Manny and Kell each scored midway through the final stanza to close out the UMass scoring. Delaware's John Austin tallied with 64 seconds left in the game to give the 17-6 final.

The Minutemen held a 42-to-29 shot advantage in the game. Sharp-shooting proved the difference - especially in the third quarter where the Minutemen posted six goals on 10 attempts. UMass also won 15-of-26 faceoffs and were 2-for-8 on the extra-man opportunity while holding Delaware to 0-for-7 on the man advantage.

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 No. 16 Lehigh on March 20 while contests against Army (Feb. 9), No. 18 Penn State (March 8) and No. 17 Drexel (April 13) were shown on CBS 3 Now. In addition to the regional and national television broadcasts, fans can follow the Minutemen through the UMass All-Access channel and WMUA 91.1 FM radio live web streamings of each contest, with links to both available on

The fourth and final seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament is the last remaining spot up for taking as the 2013 conference season comes to a close on Friday and Saturday, with UMass, Hofstra and Saint Joseph's in the running for it. With the 9-8 win at #20 Hofstra on Saturday, April 20, UMass kept itself in the mix for the postseason, needing a victory to remain in the race. The Minutemen can secure the fourth seed with a win over Delaware on Friday, April 26, a Hofstra loss to #9 nationally-ranked Penn State (4/27) and a Towson victory over Saint Joseph's (4/27).

UMass needs a victory over Delaware to keep itself in the hunt by finishing the conference campaign with a 2-4 CAA record. A Hofstra loss to the Nittany Lions would drop the Pride to 2-4 as well, with the Minutemen earning the head-to-head tiebreaker. A Saint Joseph's loss to Towson would lead the Hawks to finish at 1-5 in CAA games, one contest out of contention for the final spot. Penn State is the top seed and host of the tournament while Drexel will be No. 2 and Towson will meet as the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds, respectively.

Trailing by four in the second quarter, UMass men's lacrosse used a second-half offensive surge to rally past No. 20 Hofstra, 9-8 at James M. Shuart Stadium on Saturday evening. Senior attack Colin Fleming tallied his first collegiate game-winning goal with six seconds to play on Will Manny's single-game career-high sixth assist of the night.

Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway led the squad with three goals while Fleming and junior attack Connor Mooney added a pair of tallies. Bobby Tyler produced one goal and an assist for a pair of points, Kyle Smith totaled one mark and Brendan Schroeder helped out on one tally.

The UMass man-down defense kept Hofstra to just one goal in seven extra-man opportunities spanning 6:30 of game action. Zach Oliveri finished with 13 saves against eight goals for a .619 save percentage on the contest while Joe Calvello won 13-of-19 faceoffs and tied for the game high with five groundballs scooped up.

With 22 seconds remaining in the game and the scored tied at 8-8, the Minutemen caused a Hofstra turnover on a delay of game and cleared the play into the offensive zone. Following a timeout, Manny earned possession behind the cage and sent the play to Fleming in front, with Fleming firing a high attempt by goalie Chris Selva to push UMass ahead, 9-8 with time winding down in regulation.

The Minutemen (6-7 overall, 1-4 CAA) opened scoring with Smith tallying his team-leading 23rd goal of the year only 38 seconds into the game. Manny fed Smith from the right post, with Smith bouncing a shot at the edge of the crease.

Torin Varn recorded back-to-back goals for Hofstra (7-6, 2-3) to push the home side into a 2-1 lead with 3:57 to go in the first. Varn added a man-up tally at the 1:22 mark of the opening stanza to notch the hat trick, using the Pride's fourth man-up opportunity of the quarter to do so.

After Brian von Bargen secured Hofstra's fourth goal on a rebound shot to close scoring in the first, Adrian Sorichetti connected to give the Pride a 5-1 advantage with 12:48 remaining in the half, the largest lead of the contest for either side. The Minutemen countered with consecutive tallies from Mooney and Whiteway to pull within 5-3, scoring the pair only 1:11 apart.

Mooney added the second UMass goal of the day with 4:55 left in the second, scooping up a loose ball in front and planting a rebound shot into the left side of the net while being checked to the ground from behind. Whiteway followed with his 19th goal of the year to drop the deficit to two. With Fleming screening the Hofstra defense in front of the cage, Whiteway caught a pass from Manny and fired an attempt into the top-left corner to convert.

Whiteway tallied his second of the day and 20th of the year to move the Minutemen within 6-4 at the 10:08 mark of the third. Schroeder found Whiteway in front for the goal, marking Schroeder's second helper of the season. Tyler added UMass' fifth goal on Manny's third assist of the contest. Manny sent a pass to Tyler near the left post, with Tyler flicking an attempt by Selva at the crease with 5:08 remaining in the third.

After Mike Malave recorded a goal for the Pride to extend Hofstra's lead to 7-5 at the 1:53 mark in the third, Whiteway connected again to earn his fourth career hat trick. Using a man-up opportunity following a cross-checking penalty on the Pride, Whiteway secured his third goal of the day following a feed from Manny with 23 seconds left in the third.

The Minutemen evened the score only 48 seconds into the final stanza on a Fleming strike from distance. Tyler sent a pass from behind the net to Fleming eight yards from the cage, with Fleming depositing a hard shot over Selva's right shoulder to make it 7-7.

UMass took its first lead of the contest since going ahead, 1-0 with Mooney's second goal of the day. To give the Minutemen the 8-7 advantage with 8:47 to play, Manny found Mooney in front, with Mooney converting a shot while being checked to the ground.

The one-goal UMass advantage was erased by von Bargen with a strike near the left post to knot play at 8-8 with 1:52 remaining to play. However, Fleming's first game-winner of the season kept UMass' CAA Tournament hopes alive as the Minutemen required a win over Hofstra to stay in the race for the fourth and final seed in the upcoming postseason.

Varn led Hofstra with three goals, all in the first quarter. von Bargen followed with two tallies while Sam Llinares, Malave and Sorichetti recorded one each. Selva made 17 saves for the Pride while letting in nine tallies.

UMass outshot Hofstra, 42-33 overall and 26-12 in the second half. The Minutemen also led in groundballs, 27-24 while committing fewer turnovers, with 10 against 11 given up by the Pride. UMass went 15-for-18 on clears while Hofstra finished 17-of-18. The Minutemen finished 4-for-8 in extra-man opportunities as Whiteway converted twice and Mooney and Tyler notched one man-up goal each.

Senior attack Will Manny was named the CAA Co-Player of the Week and redshirt-freshman Zach Oliveri earned Rookie of the Week following UMass' 9-8 come-from-behind victory at No. 20 Hofstra on Saturday evening. Manny earned six assists, including one of the eventual game-winning goal with six seconds remaining in regulation while Oliveri secured 13 saves in net against only eight goals allowed. Manny's honor marks the first weekly award of the season and fifth of his career for the senior while Oliveri was named the organization's top rookie for the third time.

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.

Despite missing five games this season due to injury, senior attack Will Manny still stands among the top career offensive performers in the nation as the 2013 season progresses after a trio of successful campaigns at the collegiate level. Manny currently owns 191 points on 102 goals and 89 assists, sixth all-time in points among Minutemen. Through games on Sunday, April 21, Manny ranks sixth nationally for career assists, tied for 13th in consecutive games with a point (27) and 15th for goals scored.

During its 14-game regular season schedule, the Minutemen played 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 outside of 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.

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.

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 38 points on 23 goals and 15 assists this year after the Longmeadow, Mass., native produced a single-season best of 52 points on 33 goals and 19 assists as a junior in 2012. Smith became the second member of his family to join the group, as his father, Norm (1976-79), is 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 No. 17 Drexel followed by a one-goal day at No. 20 Hofstra, Smith moved into a tie for 28th place on the listing with 115 points on 72 goals and 43 assists.

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.

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.

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.

In besting Penn State, 6-5 during overtime on March 31, 2007, UMass started 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, though the squad dropped its most recent OT game, 9-8 to Brown on March 2, 2013.

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.

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 and mounted the furious comeback on Mooney's eventual game-winner with 3:18 to play in the contest.

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.

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.

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 nine goals in eight appearances this year to become the 10th member of the 100-goals club. Entering competition against Delaware, Manny has 191 points with UMass on 102 goals and 89 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).

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.

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.

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.

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 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 130 victories and a 66.7 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 161 wins while Syracuse and Virginia follow in second with 154 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.

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.

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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