Men's Lacrosse 2013 Season-In-Review
June 20, 2013
Most Recent: UMass Falls In CAA Tournament Semifinals At #9 Penn State, 10-7
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.
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Jake Smith Lauded For Senior Season Success
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
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
Hollenbaugh Participates In NEILA East/West All-Star Game
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
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
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
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
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 Puts 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.
Kyle Smith Joins 100-Point Club
Manny, Oliveri Earn Weekly CAA Honors
Kyle Smith Six-Goal Night Leads UMass Over 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.
Oliveri Earns Second CAA Freshman Of The Week Award
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!
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
Stalwart Defense Leads UMass To 6-4 Win At #16 Lehigh During 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 Close 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
UMass Secures Comeback Win Over #4 North Carolina, 12-11
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.
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
Success From The Start
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
Manny Eclipses 100 Career Goals Scored
"Garber's Gorillas" 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.
NEILA Names Trio To Preseason Listing
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
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.