Eight Minutemen Take In All-CAA Awards
May 2, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. - UMass men's lacrosse tallied eight Colonial Athletic Association honors to cap the season on Thursday afternoon, with senior defenseman Jake Smith being named to the All-CAA First Team to lead the group. The Minutemen took home six of the 12 spots on the second team while redshirt-freshman goalie Zach Oliveri was named to the CAA All-Rookie squad.
Smith finished the season with 26 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers in his third year as a starter on close defense to end the Medfield, Mass., native's career with 79 groundballs and 54 caused turnovers in 52 games played and 46 starts.
Kyle Smith and Will Manny headlined the half-dozen Minutemen featured on the All-CAA Second Team. Smith led UMass with 48 points on 30 goals and 18 assists to reach 125 points in his four-year career in Amherst, Mass. Despite suffering a broken thumb during the first game of the season, Manny went on to record 34 points on 14 goals and 20 assists over 10 games played following a five-game rehabilitation from his injury. Manny reached 201 career points during his final collegiate game with the Minutemen following two assists and one tally in the CAA Tournament Semifinal contest against No. 9 Penn State.
The faceoff midfield unit of Joe Calvello, Ryan Izzo and Brett Tobin were named to the All-CAA Second Team as well. Calvello was the top faceoff specialist in the conference with a .582 win percentage on 184 victories in 316 chances. Izzo and Tobin assisted Calvello in winning possession for the Minutemen throughout the season, providing 52 and 45 groundballs, respectively. The duo was also a key factor in the stout defense that highlighted the season as Izzo caused 10 turnovers and Tobin added seven more.
Ryan Hollenbaugh rounded out the group receiving second team laurels with the most caused turnovers, 18, on the 2013 squad. Hollenbaugh tallied 27 groundballs to lead all UMass defensemen this season while capping his career with 68 groundballs and 46 caused turnovers to go with five points on four goals and an assist.
Oliveri was the final honoree, taking home CAA All-Rookie Team honors following his first season in the cage for the Minutemen. Oliveri finished with an 8.62 goals-against average and .559 save percentage with 157 stops against 124 tallies allowed.