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Men's Lacrosse 2013 Season-In-Review

UMass head coach Greg Cannella completed his 19th season at the helm of the Minutemen program in 2013.


UMass head coach Greg Cannella completed his 19th season at the helm of the Minutemen program in 2013.

June 20, 2013

 UMass Men's Lacrosse 2013 Season-In-Review Notes Packet
 Overall Record 7-8
 CAA Record/Finish 2-4/Fourth
 Postseason Finish CAA Tournament Semifinals (L, 10-7, at #9 Penn State)
 Printable Notes Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Get Acrobat Reader
 Head Coach Greg Cannella (171-104; 19th season)
 Assistant Coaches Doc Schneider (4th season) and Brian Jacovina (2nd season)
 Record Book Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Get Acrobat Reader
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Quick Hits
About the 2013 season...
• Reached the CAA Tournament for the fourth straight year in as many competing within the conference, the only member school to appear in each since the 2010 season.
• Earned victory in at least three games against USILA top-20 ranked opponents for the fourth straight year and 11th time under head coach>Greg Cannella.
• Featured a first-year primary faceoff specialist in junior Joe Calvello, who won 184-of-316 faceoffs (58.2 percent) while taking 97.8 percent of the team's chances (316-of-323), the third-highest percentage in the nation.
• Added a new player to the 200-point club in Will Manny, as Manny ended his career with 201 on 107 goals and 94 assists to become the fifth such Minuteman to eclipse the mark.
Will Manny also became the 10th member to the 100-goals listing and one of only three who also owned at least 75 assists.
• Featured a first-year goalie in Zach Oliveri, who is the only freshman in net around the country to rank in the top-20 for goals-against average (16th; 8.63).
• Continued the program's trend of having a strong defense, placing in the top-20 for man-down (ninth; .739) and scoring defense (16th; 9.07).
• 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.
• Consistently took care of its possessions, committing only 13.6 turnovers per game (12th-fewest nationally).
• Played without key seniors Colin Fleming and Will Manny during four and five game absences, respectively, with both returning against #18 Penn State on March 6.
• Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.

Most Recent: UMass Falls In CAA Tournament Semifinals At #9 Penn State, 10-7
Entering the fourth quarter tied, UMass men's lacrosse faltered during the final stanza of its Colonial Athletic Association Tournament semifinal contest to top seed and No. 9 nationally ranked Penn State, 10-7 on Wednesday, May 1. Sophomore attack Grant Whiteway led the squad at PSU Lacrosse Field with three goals while senior attack Will Manny chipped in three points on one tally and a pair of assists to finish his collegiate career with 201 points on 107 goals and 94 helpers.

Junior midfielder Connor Mooney secured a pair of goals while senior midfielder Bobby Tyler dished out a pair of assists. Senior attack Kyle Smith rounded out the scoring group with one goal. Junior midfielder Joe Calvello won 13-of-21 faceoffs and scooped up a game-high five groundballs for the Minutemen.

With play knotted at 6-6 entering the final quarter, Penn State secured four consecutive goals to push in front, 10-6 with 5:18 to play. Shane Sturgis led the Nittany Lions with four goals and an assist while Jack Forster and T.J. Sanders added two a piece. Forster started the run of consecutive tallies with 12:11 to play, giving the home side a 7-6 lead. Sanders added his set of tallies between Sturgis' final goal to cap the scoring spree.

In the first quarter, after Penn State notched a pair of tallies to take a 2-0 lead, Smith responded with his 30th goal of the season to cut the deficit in half. Manny fed Smith a pass from behind the cage, with Smith firing a shot from in front into the right side with 9:12 to play in the first.

Manny earned his 200th career point on UMass second tally, sending a pass to Whiteway with 6:33 to play in the first half, knotting the contest at 2-2 in the process. After Kyle Zittel pushed Penn State in front by one at the 4:22 mark, the Minutemen secured back-to-back goals to take their first lead of the day.

Manny race around the right pipe with 3:19 remaining in the second to even play at 3-3 before Mooney followed 49 seconds later for the 4-3 advantage. From the left pipe, Mooney jumped at the crease to convert after starting the play behind the cage.

Sturgis notched a pair of goals - with the second coming at the 8:55 mark of the third - to push in front, 5-4 following the halftime break. However, Mooney netted his second of the day form five yards out on a pass from Tyler only two minutes later to erase the Nittany Lion lead.

Whiteway followed 66 seconds later to give UMass its final advantage of the day. The sophomore attack was knocked to the ground at the crease during the play, but was able to convert into bottom-right corner at the 5:47 mark in third.

Following Penn State's game-deciding streak of four goals to begin scoring in the final period, Whiteway secured his fifth collegiate hat trick. At the crease, Whiteway jumped to pull in a pass from Tyler and redirect the play into the back of the net with 4:33 to play.

Penn State outshot UMass, 41-38 while picking up more groundballs, 31-24. UMass committed more turnovers, 13-12 and went 0-for-3 on man-up situations. The Nittany Lions finished 1-for-3 during extra-man chances.

Coming To You Live From...
UMass men's lacrosse had five of its contests this season featured on television, with three broadcast on CBS 3 Now and one more appearing each on ESPNU and Verizon FIOS 1. 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. The final broadcast came at No. 20 Hofstra on Verizon FIOS 1. 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 UMassAthletics.com.

Jake Smith Lauded For Senior Season Success
Senior defenseman>Jake Smith, a three-year starter for>Greg Cannella's Minutemen, capped his career with one of the most lauded individual seasons in program history, athletically and academically. To headline his honors, Smith was tabbed a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American for the second consecutive season, also taking home USILA Scholar All-America laurels. The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) tabbed Smith a First Team All-New England selection while the Colonial Athletic Association recognized him on its All-CAA First Team.

Smith's academic success was noted by the UMass Athletic Department as well, with the Medfield, Mass., native being named the Male Senior Scholar-Athlete and Male Spring Scholar-Athlete. To cap the list of laurels, the CAA named Smith its men's lacrosse spring scholar-athlete.

Smith closed his career as the UMass defensive unit's active leader in groundballs (79) and caused turnovers (54) after providing 26 groundballs and 17 caused turnovers as a senior. In 2013, Smith was a critical component in the Minutemen holding foes to 9.07 goals per game while the man-down unit ranked first in the Colonial Athletic Association with a .761 penalty kill percentage.

Four Named NEILA Senior Scholar-Athletes
UMass men's lacrosse seniors Colin Fleming, Ryan Hollenbaugh,>Jake Smith and Brett Tobin were honored by the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) on its annual scholar-athlete listing. The quartet ties the Minutemen senior class with Brown, Providence and Yale for the most recognitions given to a single institution.

The scholar-athlete team acknowledges graduating seniors who have earned over a 3.0 GPA while simultaneously excelling on the field. The award is in its 13th year of existence. At the Division-I level, NEILA is comprised of 13 schools spread throughout New England, including Bryant, Brown, Dartmouth, Fairfield, Hartford, Harvard, Holy Cross, Providence, Quinnipiac, Sacred Heart, UMass, Vermont and Yale.

Quarter Honored On All-New England First Team
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program placed four members of the 2013 squad on the All-New England First Team - the most of any member school - as announced by NEILA. Senior Will Manny was recognized as one of the top three attackman while junior Connor Mooney secured a spot among six midfielders in the first tier. Redshirt-sophomore Ryan Izzo was tabbed the best short-stick defensive midfielder and senior>Jake Smith rounded out the group as one of the three top defenseman.

Hollenbaugh Participates In NEILA East/West All-Star Game
UMass men's lacrosse alumnus Ryan Hollenbaugh competed in the NEILA East/West contest, as announced by the organization on Thursday, May 30. Hollenbaugh was one of 48 student-athletes from across NCAA Divisions I, II and III to participate. The annual event, hosted on Friday, May 31, at Merrimack College, pitted players from each of NEILA's member institutions against one another in friendly competition, with the teams divided into East and West squads. Hollenbaugh served as one of six close defenseman for the West team.

The Glastonbury, Conn., native was a three-year starter for>Greg Cannella's Minutemen program, scooping up 67 groundballs and causing 46 turnovers over 56 games played. As a senior, Hollenbaugh totaled single-season career-highs with 27 groundballs and 18 caused turnovers to help earn All-CAA Second Team honors for the third consecutive year.

Calvello, Izzo Named To CAA All-Tournament Team
Junior faceoff specialist Joe Calvello and redshirt-sophomore midfielder Ryan Izzo were selected as members of the CAA All-Tournament Team, as announced by the conference following completion of the CAA Championship on Friday, May 4. The duo, along with senior Brett Tobin, were integral in winning the faceoff battle against No. 9 Penn State during the semifinal round of the CAA Tournament.

Calvello, an All-CAA Second Team award recipient this season, won 13-of-21 faceoffs (.619 percent) against the Nittany Lions. With Calvello's success against Penn State's Danny Hennegan, the junior improved his season total to 184-of-316 (.582) in his first year as the main faceoff specialist.

Izzo, also a member of the CAA Second Team All-Conference listing, helped Calvello earn possession for the Minutemen with a trio of groundballs on the day to cap the season with 52 scooped up, the second-most on the squad to Calvello's 79. Izzo, who also serves as a defensive midfielder, added one caused turnover during play against the Nittany Lions.

UMass Claims CAA Tournament Fourth Seed
UMass men's lacrosse will participate in the upcoming CAA Tournament as the No. 4 seed, facing No. 1 and host Penn State during the semifinals in University Park, Pa., on Wednesday, May 1 at 3 p.m., as announced by the conference on Saturday. The Minutemen earned the seed with a win over Delaware on Friday and losses by Hofstra and Saint Joseph's on Saturday.

The appearance marks the fourth straight for UMass since joining the CAA before the 2010 season, the only conference school to earn a bid in each of the last four tournaments. Second-seeded 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 one season prior.

Senior Duo Sends UMass By Delaware On Senior Night
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. For UMass to earn the bid No. 9 nationally-ranked Penn State has to defeat Hofstra and Towson must win over Saint Joseph's on Saturday, April 27.

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.

Manny Among Nation's Offensive Leaders
Despite missing five games this season due to injury, senior attack Will Manny stood among the top career offensive performers in the nation during the 2013 season after a trio of successful campaigns at the collegiate level. Manny ended with 201 points on 107 goals and 94 assists, fifth all-time in points among Minutemen. At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Manny ranked fifth nationally for career assists, 16th for consecutive games with a point (28) and tied for 16th in hat tricks (18) and goals scored.

Kyle Smith Named CAA Co-Player Of The Week
UMass men's lacrosse senior attack Kyle Smith was named the Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. Smith notched a single-game personal best nine points on six goals and three assists as UMass defeated Delaware, 16-8 on Friday, April 26, to help the Minutemen reach the CAA Tournament.

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 Puts UMass Past Hofstra
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, April 20. Senior attack Colin Fleming earned the game-winning goal with six seconds left 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 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.

Kyle Smith Joins 100-Point Club
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. On the year, Smith led the squad with 48 points on 30 goals and 18 assists after the Longmeadow, Mass., native produced a single-season high 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. Notching his single-game personal-best nine points on six goals and three assists during Senior Night against Delaware (4/26) and a one-goal contest at #9 Penn State (5/1) to close his career, Smith moved into 23rd place on the listing with 125 points on 79 goals and 46 assists.

Manny, Oliveri Earn Weekly CAA Honors
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.

Kyle Smith Six-Goal Night Leads UMass Over Hartford
UMass 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.

Road Warriors
During its 15-game schedule, the Minutemen played 10 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 regular season 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. Adding in UMass' appearance at the CAA Tournament, hosted by Penn State, the Minutemen played 67 percent (10-of-15) of their contests on the road this year.

Overtime Results
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.

Oliveri Earns Second CAA Freshman Of The Week Award
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.

We Must Protect This House!
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 74-24 record at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season (75.5 win percentage).

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.

New Face In Net
After redshirting the 2012 season as a freshman, Zach Oliveri completed his first campaign on the field with the Minutemen and was able to adjust to the college game immediately, as the Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native's success placed him among the top-25 nationally in goalkeeping. Oliveri ended the year ranked 12th in goals-against average (8.63) and 16th for save percentage (.559) in the final NCAA statistics release (5/27). With his goals-against number, Oliveri is the only freshman to place among the top-20 in the nation while being one of only five first-year goalies in the same grouping for save percentage.

Stalwart Defense Leads UMass To 6-4 Win At #16 Lehigh During ESPNU Game Of The Week
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.

Minutemen Win Close Battle At Harvard, 8-6
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.

Oliveri Nets Pair Of Weekly Honors
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.

UMass Secures Comeback Win Over #4 North Carolina, 12-11
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.

Slaying Giants
Head coach>Greg Cannella, in his 19th season leading the Minutemen, continues to challenge his squad with contests against some of the most talented programs nationally. In the process, Cannella has guided UMass men's lacrosse to at least three victories over USILA Top-20 opponents in each of the previous four seasons and owns 55 wins versus nationally ranked foes during his tenure at the helm of the program.

In 2013, UMass downed without having the comfort of playing at home on Garber Field, fighting by No. 4 North Carolina, 12-11; No. 16 Lehigh, 6-4 and No. 20 Hofstra, 9-8.

Dating back to the 1973 season, the earliest available poll data from the USILA, the Minutemen have also secured the most single-season top-20 wins under Cannella with seven during 2003 and six in 2006 when UMass reached the NCAA Tournament Championship Game.

Minutemen Open Season With Win Over Army, 16-9
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.

Success From The Start
In his first year as the main faceoff specialist, junior midfielder Joe Calvello ranked among the top performers in the country for the category. Through the final statistics release by the NCAA (5/27), Calvello ended the year 11th nationally with a .582 faceoff percentage while the Naperville, Ill., native's 184 faceoff victories tied for the 13th-most in Division I. Calvello is also one of only three faceoff men in the top-15 competing in his first season as one of the leading specialists on his respective team, joining Georgetown's Tyler Knarr (fifth, .622) and Army's Alex Daly (10th, .586). Calvello's ability to control the X led the Minutemen to own the eighth-highest team percentage in the nation (.576), the highest among squads featuring a first-year specialist.

After his second strong performance against fellow top faceoff man Danny Henneghan of Penn State on May 1, the junior ended the year having taken 316-of-323 faceoffs for the squad (97.8 percent). With securing the vast majority of UMass' faceoffs, Calvello is one of only three in the top-50 to hold down the spot with such consistency.

All We Do Is Win, Win, Win
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 131 victories and a 66.5 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 166 wins while Syracuse follows in second with 160. The Minutemen are the only squad from the Colonial Athletic Association ranking among the top-10 nationally and have averaged more than 11 wins per campaign during the span.

Manny Eclipses 100 Career Goals Scored
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 recorded 14 goals in 10 appearances this year to become the 10th member of the 100-goals club. Manny finished with 201 points at UMass on 107 goals and 94 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).

"Garber's Gorillas" Explained
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.

Manny Placed On 2013 Tewaaraton Watch List
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.

Minutemen Receive Preseason Praise
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.

Whippen Takes Home CAA, UMass Laurels
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.

NEILA Names Trio To Preseason Listing
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 entered 2013 ranking 11th all-time on the UMass scoring list with 167 points on 93 goals and 74 assists, standing only seven goals shy of becoming the 10th member of the 100-goal club and only seven points away from entering the program's top-10 for career scoring.

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.

Tree Drafted Into Major League Lacrosse
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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