UMass Hosts Delaware For 2013 Senior Night On Friday
April 22, 2013
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).
LAST TIME AGAINST THE BLUE HENS
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.
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THE FIGHT FOR THE CAA TOURNAMENT FOURTH SEED
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.
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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.
MANNY, OLIVERI EARN CAA HONORS AFTER HOFSTRA WIN
Kyle Smith's CAREER DAY PUTS UMASS BY 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.
MANNY AMONG NATION'S OFFENSIVE LEADERS
OLIVERI EARNS SECOND CAA WEEKLY HONOR
Oliveri helped UMass to its third win of the season with three saves during the second quarter as the Minutemen built a 6-2 lead on the strength of four consecutive goals. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native also stopped a trio of attempts during the initial stanza and added two more in the fourth as UMass fought off Harvard's late rally attempt.
Kyle Smith JOINS 100-POINT CLUB
STALWART DEFENSE LEADS UMASS TO WIN AT #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.
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
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.
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
MANNY ECLIPSES 100 CAREER GOALS SCORED
"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.
ALL WE DO IS WIN, WIN, WIN
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.