April 23, 2014
| University of Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Game Notes
| Game 13
||[RV/RV] Massachusetts (7-5, 1-3 CAA) at Delaware (6-8, 0-4)
| Date | Time
||Friday, April 25, 2014 | 7:00 p.m.
||Delaware Stadium (22,000) | Newark, Del.
| Live Statistics
||WMUA 91.1 FM
| Series History
||Massachusetts leads, 11-4. Last meeting: Massachusetts 16, Delaware 8; April 26, 2013
| Game Notes
||Massachusetts | Delaware (available shortly)
| Team Records
||Massachusetts | Delaware
| Social Media
||@UMassAthletics | @UMassMLacrosse
||Available through the Delaware Athletics Ticket Office at 302-831-2257
The Last Meeting
April 26, 2013
Amherst, Mass. (Garber Field)
Senior Duo Paces Men's Lacrosse In 16-8 Win Over Delaware
Men's lacrosse Senior attack Kyle Smith earned a career-high nine points on six goals and three assists while classmate Will Manny scored four goals and helped out on three more during UMass' 16-8 win over Delaware on Friday evening. The Minutemen remained in competition for the fourth and final seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament with the victory, needing a win over the Blue Hens to keep their playoff hopes alive. In order to earn the bid, UMass needs No. 9 nationally-ranked Penn State to defeat Hofstra and Towson to win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday, April 27.
Last Meeting: Massachusetts 16, Delaware 8; April 26, 2013
Men's lacrosse senior Kyle Smith earned a career-high nine points on six goals and three assists while classmate Will Manny scored four goals and helped out on three more during UMass' 16-8 win over Delaware on Friday, April 26, 2013.
The Minutemen remained in competition for the fourth and final seed in the 2013 CAA Tournament with the victory as they needed a win over the Blue Hens to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Grant Whiteway added a pair of tallies and one assist while Joe Calvello earned his first career multi-point game with one goal and an assist. Bobby Tyler contributed two helpers while Colin Fleming also notched a pair of points, doing so on one mark to go with an assist.
The Minutemen took control of the game during the second quarter, as UMass outscored Delaware, 8-2 during the frame on the strength of four tallies from Smith. The Longmeadow, Mass., native put the home squad ahead, 4-2 with one minutes, 58 seconds gone by in the second. After Nick Diachenko answered for the Blue Hens 1:01 later, Calvello found Smith five yards from the crease after the ensuing faceoff, with Smith planting an attempt just inside the right post at the 11:55 mark for a 5-3 lead.
Eric Smith followed with a Delaware goal to keep the Blue Hens in contention; however, the Minutemen responded with five consecutive goals to earn an 11-4 lead entering halftime. Kyle Smith punctuated the streak with a late strike to create the seven-goal lead, hitting from 15 yards away with only three seconds remaining before the break.
After serving as a finisher throughout the first half, earning five tallies, Smith added a pair of assists and one more goal over the remainder of play to set the senior's single-game personal-best in points.
Scouting Delaware Men's Lacrosse
Delaware and Massachusetts will battle for the fourth and final seed to the 2014 CAA Tournament on Friday, April 25, during the Blue Hens' Senior Night. Delaware enters the game at 6-8 overall and 0-4 in league play, but the squad has dropped six of the most recent seven contests after it started the year with a 5-2 record.
Delaware uses a balanced approach on the attack as eight Blue Hens have registered double-digit points totals through 14 games this season. Dan Keane leads the program in goals (23), points (29), shots (59) and shots on goal (40). Brian Kormondy follows with 26 points via 16 goals and 10 assists while Steve DeLargy and Jackson Finigan add 20 points apiece.
Conor Peaks, a sophomore, has started all 14 games and holds a 9.28 goals-against average to go with a .538 save percentage. He has played 776 of a possible 840 minutes. Chris Herbert backs up Peaks and has made three appearances on the season totaling the remainder of the minutes.
The Blue Hens have been outscored, 129-125 while foes also hold a slim edge in points, 201-197. The opposition also owns more shots, 492-480 and a greater number of on-target attempts, 278-257 while Delaware holds the edge in groundballs scooped up, 412-375.
WMUA 91.1 FM To Broadcast Men's Lacrosse
All but one of the Massachusetts men's lacrosse contests during the 2014 campaign will be broadcast live on WMUA 91.1 FM. Fans can listen in through the FM radio station locally or catch the game via the online live streaming app, which is free of charge and linked in each game preview.
Two Decades Under The Influence
The 2014 season marks Greg Cannella's 20th season as the head coach of the men's lacrosse team. The University of Massachusetts graduate is 171-104 during his 19 completed seasons as the program leader and he stands as one of the longest tenured coaches in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse. In terms of total Division I experience, Cannella sits eighth while his 20 years in Amherst place him fifth in terms of head coaching tenures at current schools among the 63 head coaches in D-I.
Cannella has guided the Minutemen to many of the most successful seasons in program history since being named the head coach on Nov. 9, 1994. The Lynbrook, N.Y., native took the 2006 squad to the NCAA Championship Game and led UMass to the most single-season victories in program history (15) as well as the No. 1 national ranking during the 2012 season, which culminated in the most recent of the team's eight trips to the NCAA Tournament under Cannella.
Prior to taking over the reigns, Cannella served as an assistant coach in 1993 and 1994 while he played for the Maroon and White for two seasons in 1986 and 1987, giving him 24 total years donning the University of Massachusetts colors.
Junior defensive midfielder Brendan Schroeder has scored five career goals for the Minutemen through five shots attempted. He is the only active UMass men's lacrosse student-athlete with as many shots taken in his career to record a goal on each attempt.
Clearly Doing A Good Job
The Minutemen have performed nearly perfect on clears during the previous five games, combining to go 63-for-68 in the category in the process (92.6 percent). Overall this season, UMass is ninth nationally in clearing percentage (89.7) and has successfully completed at least 90.0 percent of its attempts in seven games.
James Fahey Racks Up The Good Type Of Turnover
Through 12 games, James Fahey has 20 caused turnovers - the most among CAA close defensemen. Sixteen of those have come during the most recent six games after he only produced four through six contests. The 20 caused turnovers are a single-season personal-best for Fahey.
His 1.67 caused turnovers per game rank as the most in the CAA and are tied for the 21st-highest total accrued on average among all NCAA Division I men's lacrosse student-athletes.
Hats Off To You
Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway have shown penchants for scoring in bunches, resulting in a team-leading six hat tricks earned apiece. The offensive duo paces a quintet of Minutemen with at least one. Nick Mariano owns four in just 11 career games while Matt Whippen has two. Andrew Sokol rounds out the group with one.
Man-Down Defense Bounces Back
Since allowing seven goals in five man-up chances to No. 18 Albany, the UMass defense has clamped down on foes during the opposition's man-advantages, only allowing six goals during 29 attempts (79.3 penalty kill percentage). Removing the 7-in-5 afternoon for the Great Danes, UMass opponents have just eight man-up goals in 47 chances (83.0 penalty kill percentage) over the course of the 2014 season.
Mariano Keen On The Offense Zone Groundballs
Nick Mariano is second among all CAA attackmen with 22 groundballs in 2014. Mariano has at least one in each of his first 12 games played and has earned multiple in eight contests, including a career-best three against Providence on March 11 and No. 14 Ohio State on Feb. 16. He trails Lance Yapor of Hofstra, who has 25 in 13 games played.
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. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won 10 of 12 games requiring extra minutes, including its recent 12-11 OT win over No. 14 Ohio State at the Moe's Lacrosse Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 16, 2014.
Home Is Where The Heart Is
Garber Field has proven to be one of the toughest home field advantages in all of college lacrosse as UMass has posted a 77-26 record (74.8 win percent) at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season.
The squad has won at least four home games in 11 of the last 14 seasons, including a program-record 10 victories in 2003 and another nine wins in Amherst, Mass., during 2012.
Whiteway Joins The Seven Goals In A Game Group
Grant Whiteway's seven goals scored against Providence marked a single-game best for the junior, made him the only current Minuteman to notch as many in one game and put him only one from tying the program mark for the most scored in one contest.
The last Minuteman to have as many in one game was Will Manny when he netted seven at Army on Feb. 10, 2012 - marking a span of 34 games between the individual performances.
A trio of former men's lacrosse players are tied for the program record of eight goals. Larry Treadwell scored eight against Trinity on May 12, 1959, Tom Malone had as many versus New Hampshire on May 6, 1969 and Robert Codignatto scored eight times against Army on April 21, 1990.