Minutemen Open CAA Tournament With Semifinal Contest At No. 9 Penn State
April 29, 2013
SCOUTING PENN STATE
Jack Forster's 52 points on 36 goals and 16 assists leads the squad on the season, while Forster has also taken the most shots, 102 to go with the second-most on-target attempts, 59. T.J. Sanders follows with 42 points on 37 goals and five helpers. Shane Sturgis adds 36 points (20 goals, 16 assists) while Tom LaCrosse owns 25 through 14 contests (22 goals, three assists).
Two-time USILA All-American goalkeeper Austin Kaut holds down the cage for the Nittany Lions with a 6.95 goals-against average and .629 save percentage over 828:54 in net. Conor Baucum closes out the remainder of playing time for Penn State with 17:32 spread over four appearances.
Danny Henneghan has won 164 faceoffs for a .569 win percentage, owning 288 of Penn State's 296 faceoff opportunities. Henneghan also leads the squad in groundballs, 68 while Steven Bogert follows closely with 63 to accompany 11 caused turnovers.
Overall, Penn State has outscored its foes, 151-101 while recording more points, 224-155; shots, 495-476; shots on goal, 308-271 and groundballs, 415-338.
LAST TIME AGAINST THE NITTANY LIONS
Senior attack Kyle Smith and junior midfielder Matt Whippen each recorded one goal for the Minutemen. Smith also helped out on one goal to secure two points on the day while sophomore attack Grant Whiteway added one assist. Redshirt-freshman Zach Oliveri stopped 14 Nittany Lion shots while junior midfielder Joe Calvello won 9-of-16 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high five groundballs.
The contest also marked the first appearance for senior midfielder Colin Fleming, who earned eight shots against Penn State after sitting out the previous four games due to an ankle injury. Manny had not played since the season-opener against Army, a stretch of five contests.
Entering the fourth quarter tied at 5-5, Penn State (3-3 overall, 1-0 CAA) earned the margin of victory with back-to-back tallies during the final six minutes. Kyle VanThof scored the Nittany Lions' sixth goal of the day with 5:54 remaining before Jack Forster earned the final mark with 3:28 to play. Calvello won the faceoff following Penn State's seventh tally; however, Smith's ensuing shot was blocked in front and the Minutemen (3-4, 0-1) were unable to record another attempt during the final three minutes.
In the early-going, the squads traded goals en route to a 3-3 halftime tie, with a trio of Minutemen combining to notch the three UMass tallies. Mooney put UMass on the board with his first mark of the day 9:23 into the contest, doing so unassisted to knot the contest at 1-1 after Forster recorded the first goal of competition. After Forster added another to push Penn State back into the lead, Smith answered for the Minutemen following a pass from Manny with 2:14 to play in the first.
Penn State went back in front again at the 9:23 mark of the second quarter, with Kyle Zittel netting one unassisted to give the visiting side a 3-2 advantage. However, the lead only held until Whippen recorded his 11th goal of the year. The junior midfielder took a pass from Manny, moved to his left toward the Penn State goal and fired by Nittany Lions goalie Austin Kaut with 5:15 left in the opening half.
Mooney had a pair of tallies in the third quarter, recording the hat trick in the process while pushing UMass in front by one goal on each occasion. The Wilbraham, Mass., native opened scoring in the third with 11:31 remaining on a feed from Whiteway to put the Minutemen ahead, 5-4. After Nick Dolik answered for the Nittany Lions with 7:08 left, Mooney secured the final UMass goal during a man-up situation at the 5:28 mark of the quarter.
The Minutemen led in shots, 40-32 and groundballs, 20-18. UMass finished 13-of-15 on clears while Penn State went 12-for-14. The home side was 1-of-3 during man-up situations while the Nittany Lions were limited to 0-for-3 in the category. Kaut finished the day with 16 saves for Penn State while Forster led all scorers with four points on as many goals.
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UMASS CLAIMS CAA TOURNAMENT FOURTH SEED
Second-seed Drexel will face No. 3 Towson to complete the semifinal round, with the CAA Tournament Championship Game following on Friday at 3 p.m.
UMass capped the regular season at 7-7 overall and 2-4 in conference contests, with consecutive victories against Hofstra, 9-8 and Delaware, 16-8 to leap over the Pride and Saint Joseph's to claim the final seed. With its upcoming postseason appearance, the Minutemen have qualified for each CAA Tournament since joining the conference prior to the 2010 season.
The Minutemen won the league's championship in 2012 for their first CAA title after reaching the finale the season prior.
MOST RECENT: SENIOR DUO SENDS UMASS BY DELAWARE, 16-8 ON SENIOR NIGHT
Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway added a pair of tallies and one assist while junior midfielder Joe Calvello earned his first career multi-point game with one goal and an assist. Senior attack Bobby Tyler contributed two helpers while Colin Fleming also earned 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 1:58 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.
Manny dished to Whiteway with 4:00 remaining in the third to start a four-goal UMass run stretching into the final quarter before Smith found Manny at the crease with 14:06 to play for a 14-6 lead. The Massapequa, N.Y., native tallied his final mark to cap the streak with 9:49 left on a pass from Smith. Junior midfielder Matt Whippen helped Smith close out scoring in the contest with UMass' 16th goal at the 4:25 mark after Delaware added back-to-back tallies to pull within 15-8.
Redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri made 11 saves while allowing eight goals during 55:02 in between the pipes. Junior Reed Goodhue replaced Oliveri in the fourth, closing out the final 4:58 scoreless while securing one save.
Freshman midfielder Dan Muller and junior midfielder Connor Mooney each notched one goal while Brendan Schroeder and Whippen tallied one assist apiece to complete the UMass offense. Senior defenseman Ryan Hollenbaugh led the team with three caused turnovers while Kyle Smith and Jake Smith notched a pair each. Calvello led all players with nine groundballs while junior James Fahey tallied a career-high five scooped up to follow Calvello.
UMass outshot Delaware, 42-31, including a 21-7 margin during the crucial second quarter when the Minutemen quadrupled the Blue Hens' scoring output. UMass also led in groundballs, 37-28 and faceoff victories, 16-11 while totaling fewer turnovers, 23-18. The Minutemen ended 19-of-21 on clears while Delaware finished 15-for-20.
Nick Diachenko (two goals) and Danny Keane (two goals) were the only Blue Hens to notched multi-point contests while eight other Delaware student-athletes added one each.
Kyle Smith NAMED CAA CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After fighting back and forth with the Blue Hens to earn a 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, Smith exploded for four goals in the second quarter as the Minutemen secured an 11-4 lead entering halftime. UMass needed the victory in order to remain in competition for the final seed in the CAA Tournament, while losses by Hofstra to Penn State and Saint Joseph's to Towson secure the bid for the Minutemen.
With the nine-point performance against the Blue Hens, Smith jumped to a tie for 23rd all-time in scoring in UMass men's lacrosse history with 124 points on 78 goals and 46 assists. Smith shares the award with Penn State's Jack Forster, who notched five goals and an assist as the Nittany Lions defeated Hofstra, 16-7 on Saturday, April 27.
SECOND-HALF RALLY SENDS UMASS PAST HOFSTRA
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 five yards out from the left post to notch 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.
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
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.
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 14 of the previous 16 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
SUCCESS FROM THE START
Currently, after accounting for his strong performance against Delaware on April 26, the junior had taken 295-of-302 faceoffs for the squad (97.7 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. Calvello improved his season percentage to .580 by outdueling fellow top-20 faceoff specialist Tyler Barbarich to improve to 171-of-295 in 2013.
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.