June 24, 2014
| Massachusetts Men's Lacrosse Season-In-Review
| Team Record
||7-6 Overall; 1-4 Colonial Athletic Association; 3-3 Home; 3-3 Away; 1-0 Neutral
| Coaching Staff
||Head Coach: Greg Cannella (20th season), 178-110 overall and at Massachusetts|
Assistant Coaches: Doc Schneider (fifth season) and Brian Jacovina (third season)
| Season Stats
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||Final 2014 Team Packet
| Record Book
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| Individual Awards
||Joe Calvello: NEILA Senior Scholar-Athlete & Academic All-CAA
James Fahey: USILA North-South All-Star Game & NEILA East-West All-Star Game
Reed Goodhue: NEILA Senior Scholar-Athlete
Ryan Izzo: USILA All-America Honorable Mention & NEILA All-Region First Team
Kyle Karaska: All-CAA Second Team
Nick Mariano: CAA Rookie of the Year, NEILA Rookie of the Year, NEILA All-New England Second Team, All-CAA Second Team
Connor Mooney: USILA Academic All-America, NEILA All-Region Second Team, All-CAA Second Team, USILA North-South All-Star Game, NEILA East-West All-Star Game
TWO DECADES UNDER THE INFLUENCE
The 2014 season marks Greg Cannella's 20th as the head coach of UMass. The University of Massachusetts graduate is 178-110 overall during his 20 completed seasons as the program leader and he stands as one of the longest tenured coaches in Division I men's lacrosse. In terms of total Division I experience, Cannella is eighth while his 20 years in Amherst place him fifth for longest head coaching tenure at a current school among the 67 head coaches in D-I during the 2014 season.
Cannella has guided the Minutemen to many of the most successful campaigns in program history since being named the head coach on Nov. 9, 1994. The Lynbrook, N.Y., native took the 2006 squad to the NCAA Championship Game and led UMass to the most single-season victories in program history (15) as well as the No. 1 national ranking during the 2012 season, which culminated in the most recent of the team's eight trips to the NCAA Tournament under Cannella.
IZZO EARNS FIRST CAREER USILA ALL-AMERICA AWARD
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) awarded short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo a spot on the organization's all-America listing on Thursday, May 22. Izzo was tabbed an honorable mention recipient after he provided 25 groundballs and six caused turnovers during the 2014 season.
The honor marks the 135th all-America award issued to a Minuteman by the USILA and the 44th during head coach Greg Cannella's 20 seasons leading the program.
MOONEY TAKES HOME USILA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA
The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced recent UMass graduate Connor Mooney as one of its 105 Scholar All-Americans across NCAA Division I, II and III on Tuesday, May 20. Mooney finished second among Minutemen with 38 points on 18 goals and 20 assists and graduated with a degree in sports management upon the completion of the spring 2014 semester.
Mooney's award, one of only 38 given to NCAA Division I men's lacrosse student-athletes in 2014, marks the third consecutive season at least one Minuteman was named a USILA Scholar All-American. Jake Smith took home the laurel in 2013 after Anthony Biscardi and Tom Celentani earned placement on the 2012 list. Mooney is the 10th Minuteman to be honored in program history, with each award coming during 20th-year head coach Greg Cannella's tenure as the program leader.
TRIO OF MINUTEMEN PICKED TO NEILA ALL-NEW ENGLAND TEAMS
The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) announced its All-New England selections on Friday, May 16, with UMass standouts Ryan Izzo, Nick Mariano and Connor Mooney securing placement on the regional awards listing. Mariano was chosen as the NEILA Rookie of the Year and a NEILA All-Region Second Team attackman. Izzo was selected as the top short-stick defensive midfielder in New England while Mooney earned second team honors with Mariano.
FOUR MINUTEMEN HONORED WITH ALL-CAA RECOGNITION
The Colonial Athletic Association announced its All-CAA awards on Thursday, May 1, with UMass men's lacrosse splitting six honors among four Minutemen. Nick Mariano pulled in three laurels as the freshman was named the CAA Rookie of the Year along with being placed on the All-CAA Second Team and CAA All-Rookie Team.
Connor Mooney and Kyle Karaska were lauded with All-CAA Second Team awards alongside Mariano. Joe Calvello rounded out the group with his placement on the seven-man CAA All-Academic Team.
THREE FROM UMASS NAMED NEILA SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) recognized men's lacrosse program members Joe Calvello, Reed Goodhue and Connor Mooney with its 2014 NEILA Senior Scholar Awards release on Monday, May 12. With three honorees, the University of Massachusetts tied for the second-most chosen from one program among all Division I New England collegiate men's lacrosse teams.
MINUTEMAN DUO COMPETES AT USILA NORTH-SOUTH ALL STAR GAME
Two members of the 2014 University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program in James Fahey and Connor Mooney participated in the USILA North-South All-Star Game as part of the North Team that fell in a close battle, 17-16. Mooney finished with four points on three goals and an assist - tied for the most points on the squad. He also scooped up two groundballs, caused a turnover and won one faceoff. Fahey notched one goal along with a caused turnover and one groundball.
MARIANO ON THE MARK
Nick Mariano put 47 shots on-target during the 2014 season and netted goals on 29, which gave him a conversion rate of 61.7 percent when he directed his attempt at the cage. Overall, Mariano held the team lead in shots with 76, which gave him a goal on 38.2 percent of his total attempts.
HATS OFF TO YOU
Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway showed penchants for scoring in bunches, resulting in a team-leading six hat tricks earned apiece. The offensive duo paced a quintet of Minutemen with at least one. Nick Mariano owns five in just 13 career games while Matt Whippen has two. Andrew Sokol rounds out the group with one.
CLEARLY DID A GOOD JOB
The Minutemen performed nearly perfect on clears during the final six games, combining to go 70-for-78 in the category in the process (89.7 percent). Overall the season, UMass was the 14th-best nationally in clearing percentage (88.6) and successfully completed at least 90.0 percent of its attempts in seven games.
James Fahey RACKED UP THE GOOD TYPE OF TURNOVER
James Fahey finished his senior year with 20 caused turnovers - the second-most among CAA close defensemen behind Drexel's Matt Dusek (22). Sixteen of those were earned during the final seven games after he only produced four through six contests.
The 20 caused turnovers are a single-season personal-best for Fahey while his average of 1.54 per game led the conference and put him 29th among all NCAA Division I competitors.
His 1.54 caused turnovers per game ranked as the most in the CAA and tied for the 29th-highest total accrued on average among all NCAA Division I men's lacrosse student-athletes.
MAN-DOWN DEFENSE BOUNCED BACK
After it allowed seven goals in five man-up chances to No. 18 Albany, the UMass defense clamped down on foes during the opposition's man-advantages and only allowed six goals in 31 chances (80.6 penalty kill percentage). Removing the 7-in-5 afternoon for the Great Danes, UMass opponents had just eight man-up goals in 49 chances (83.7 penalty kill percentage) over the course of the 2014 season.
KEEN ON KEEPING POSSESSION
UMass men's lacrosse averaged 12.46 turnovers per game, good for 13th-fewest nationally in the category. The Minutemen only committed more than 15 in one game during the season (20 vs. No. 14 Ohio State on Feb. 16) and had as few as nine on two occasions, at Brown (3/2) and Delaware (4/25)
MARIANO SPIES THOSE OFFENSIVE ZONE GROUNDBALLS
Nick Mariano was second among all CAA attackmen with 1.92 groundballs per game (25 total) in 2014. Mariano had at least one in each of his 13 appearances and has earned multiple in nine contests, including a career-best three against Providence on March 11, No. 14 Ohio State on Feb. 16 and Delaware on April 25. He trailed Lance Yapor of Hofstra, who earned 2.25 per contest (36).
MOONEY FINISHES ONE SHY OF 100 POINTS
With 29 points over the final eight games (3.625 per appearance), Connor Mooney finished his career one point shy of becoming the 40th member of the UMass Men's Lacrosse 100-Point Club. Mooney ended with 61 goals and 38 assists for 99 career points in 59 games played.
In besting Penn State, 6-5 during overtime on March 31, 2007, UMass started an eight-game win streak when the contest was tied at the end of regulation. Overall, dating back to the 2006 season, the Minutemen have won 10 of 12 games requiring extra minutes, including its 12-11 OT win over No. 14 Ohio State at the Moe's Lacrosse Classic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 16, 2014.
I'M GOING STREAKING!
Connor Mooney had at least one point in each of the final 18 games of his career (48 on 27 goals and 21 assists) to hold the title among Minutemen for longest streak with a minimum of one point in a contest through the end of the 2014 season.
The senior midfielder was the leading scorer among active men's lacrosse players with 99 career points on 61 goals scored and 38 assists. He had at least one point in 43 of his 57 appearances as a Minuteman, including 26 of the 28 games played during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Garber Field has proven to be one of the toughest home field advantages in all of college lacrosse as UMass has posted a 77-26 record (74.8 win percent) at Garber since the beginning of the 2001 season.
The squad has won at least four home games in 11 of the last 14 seasons, including a program-record 10 victories in 2003 and another nine wins in Amherst, Mass., during 2012.
A CAREER DAY FOR James Fahey
Senior close defenseman James Fahey registered four of UMass' nine caused turnovers when the Minutemen took an 8-6 win from No. 5 Penn State on the road on March 15.
It marked a single-game personal best for caused turnovers by Fahey and the most recorded in one game by a Minuteman since two-time USILA all-American Jake Smith had five against Brown in a 9-6 win on March 5, 2011, a span of 48 games between the individual performances.
Fahey added another four caused turnover performance at Drexel on April 12 and recorded six games with multiple caused turnovers during the 2014 season. He led the team and placed third among all CAA men's lacrosse student-athletes with 20 on the year.
UMass ranks among the most successful programs in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse since the beginning of the 2001 season as the Minutemen are 138-73 during that span (65.7 win percentage). Massachusetts is ninth in terms of most wins. The squad trails Denver (144) for eighth and is four ahead of Hofstra and Princeton.
ROLLING WITH THE SAME CREW
UMass men's lacrosse started the same 11 student-athletes at the same positions in each of the squad's 11 contests entering competition against No. 12 Hofstra on Saturday, April 19. They were the lone team to maintain the same starting lineup for each game among all CAA programs. The only other NCAA Division I men's lacrosse program to roll out the identical lineup in each of its games through Sunday, April 13, was Bryant.
In its final two games of the 2014 season, UMass switched its starters for the first time during the campaign when Brendan Hegarty replaced Grant Consoletti on attack and Austin Spencer started in place of Aaron Madaisky in the midfield during each.
MOONEY AND MARIANO TAKE IN CAA WEEKLY AWARDS
Connor Mooney and Nick Mariano swept the weekly CAA men's lacrosse awards on Monday, March 17, as the UMass duo picked up player of the week and rookie of the week, respectively. Mooney had nine points on five goals and four assists during wins over Providence and No. 5 Penn State, including a three-goal, four assist day against the Friars. Mariano tallied four points via two goals, including the game-winner at Penn State, and a pair of helpers.
Junior defensive midfielder Brendan Schroeder has scored five career goals for the Minutemen through five shots attempted. He is the only active UMass men's lacrosse student-athlete with as many shots taken in his career to record a goal on each attempt.
50 AND 50 FOR MOONEY AND WHITEWAY
Connor Mooney and Grant Whiteway each recorded a milestone during the win over Providence as Mooney hit the 50-goals scored mark while Whiteway reached 50 points in his career.
Mooney totaled his 50th with the final goal scored by the Wilbraham, Mass., native against the Friars, notched unassisted with 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Whiteway earned his 50th point as a Minuteman when he netted his seventh goal of the day with 6:04 to play against Providence, extending UMass' lead to 14-10 after the Friars had tallied three straight goals.
CALVELLO GOES ABOVE AND BEYOND
Joe Calvello broke the program record for groundballs in a game when he scooped up 18 vs. Providence on March 11. He bested the previous program mark of 13 when he won a faceoff against Ryan Shaw with 33 seconds left to play in the third quarter and picked up the ensuing loose ball.
Calvello's name is the only one to appear more than twice among the top single-game groundball totals while he is the only Minutemen to pick up at least 12 in three different contests.
At the time, the 18 groundballs picked up against Providence set the single-game mark for most by one player during one contest in NCAA Division I this season. It now ties him with Brendan Fowler (Duke) and Georgetown's Tyler Knarr for third behind Kevin Massa's 20 for Bryant, achieved twice.
MOONEY WITH THE DISH
Connor Mooney ranked among the CAA leaders in assists and assists per game as a senior. Mooney was second in the conference with an average of 1.50 assists per contest and third with his 20 earned over UMass' 13 games played.
Mooney's numbers mark the third straight year a Minuteman stood among the top two facilitators in the CAA and fourth in as many seasons UMass has been a member of the conference that the squad has had a competitor among the top-5.
WHITEWAY JOINS THE SEVEN GOALS IN A GAME GROUP
Grant Whiteway's seven goals scored against Providence marked a single-game best for the junior, made him the only current Minuteman to notch as many in one game and put him only one short of tying the program mark for the most scored in one contest.
The last Minuteman to have as many in one game was Will Manny when he netted seven at Army on Feb. 10, 2012 - marking a span of 34 games between the individual performances. Whiteway's seven over the Friars put him in a tie for the seventh-most earned during one game in NCAA Division I in 2014 by the end of the season.
A trio of former men's lacrosse players share the program record of eight goals. Larry Treadwell scored eight against Trinity on May 12, 1959, Tom Malone had as many versus New Hampshire on May 6, 1969 and Robert Codignatto notched eight times against Army on April 21, 1990.
CANNELLA NETS 175TH HEAD COACHING VICTORY
Following his 20th season leading UMass, head coach Greg Cannella now owns more than 175 career wins. Cannella has led the Minutemen since the 1995 season and has won 10 or more games during seven campaigns while he has guided the Minutemen to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. Cannella is 178-110 overall (.618 win percentage) through the end of the 2014 season. His 175th career win came in the 15-2 victory at Brown on March 1.
OFFENSE FROM DEFENSE
When Kyle Karaska assisted on a tally at Brown (March 1) after position mate James Fahey scored once against Harvard it marked the first time UMass received at least one point from a longpole in back-to-back games since the 2012 season. Tom Celentani scored once against Towson during the CAA Tournament Semifinals on May 2, 2012 before long-pole midfielder Ryan Hollenbaugh provided two goals during the championship game three days later. It marked ended a steak of 18 games between close defensemen or long-pole midfielders tallying points for the Minutemen.
TWO IS ALSO A LONELY NUMBER
UMass held Brown to only two goals scored during the 15-2 win at Stevenson Field on Saturday, March 1. It marked the first time Massachusetts limited a team to two or fewer goals in a game since March 21, 2001, when it defeated Boston College, 23-2. It is only the third time in Greg Cannella's 20 years as head coach the Minutemen have allowed two or fewer goals. The other instance was a 6-2 win over Yale on April 26, 1995 - Cannella's first season as the program leader.
WE GOT BY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS
The Minutemen recorded a 2014 CAA men's lacrosse single-game best 11 assists during the 15-2 win at Brown on March 1. The performance finished one better than the next-most, which Drexel produced twice and UMass earned when it defeated Providence on March 11.
Fourteen of the 37 players on the UMass men's lacrosse roster for the 2014 season hail from Massachusetts (37.8 percent). This core of commonwealth natives includes the four highest scoring Minutemen to return from a year ago in Grant Whiteway, Connor Mooney, Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol, who combined for 95 points during 2013. All-CAA defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo also hails from Massachusetts, as do key close defensemen Bob Fahey, James Fahey and Kyle Karaska.
Following Massachusetts, the next-most common home state among Minutemen is New York (10), while no other has more than three UMass men's lacrosse student-athletes calling it home.
Among all Minutemen, Grant Consoletti trekked the furthest to play for head coach Greg Cannella at the University of Massachusetts, as Consoletti calls Thousand Oaks, Calif., home. A distance of roughly 2,550 miles directly across the country from his town on the Pacific Coast to the Berkshires, Consoletti is the second Minuteman to hail from California in recorded program history and the first since Bob Woodbury (Van Nuys, Calif.) lettered for UMass in 1962 and 1963. The hometowns of the two are only approximately 25 miles apart.
A RARE GOAL FROM A LONG-POLE
Close defenseman James Fahey scored his first career goal during UMass' 8-4 win over Harvard on Feb. 22, 2014 - the first one tallied by a close defenseman or longpole midfielder since Ryan Hollenbaugh earned two against Drexel in the CAA Championship Game on May 5, 2012, a span of 18 contests between longpole goals.
THE QUICKER GROUNDBALL PICKER-UPPER
Faceoff specialist Joe Calvello tallied 95 groundballs in 2014 for an average of 7.54 per game, the second-most among all CAA players and 12th-highest total in the NCAA.
Calvello recorded double-digit groundball totals in five games during 2014, including a program-record 18 in the win over Providence on March 11. This total was accrued after he tied the then-UMass record with 13 against No. 14 Ohio State on Feb. 16.
In 2013 Calvello scooped up 79 groundballs in 15 appearances for an average of 5.27 per game, which ranked fourth in the CAA and 11th nationally. He finished his career with 198 groundballs in 53 career games (3.74 per contest), including 177 in his final 28 appearances (6.32 per game).
THE SMALL SET OF SENIORS
The 2014 senior class of Joe Calvello, James Fahey, Reed Goodhue, Connor Mooney and Matt Whippen is the smallest among the six CAA schools. Throughout the 60 men's lacrosse programs in at least their fourth season of NCAA Division I competition, the five-member senior class at UMass ranks as the sixth-fewest behind Mercer (two seniors), Virginia Military Institute (2), Wagner (3), Canisius (4) and Saint Joseph's (4).
ONE UNDER OUR BELTS
Seven Minutemen made their collegiate debuts at Army during the 2014 season-opening 6-5 win. Nick Mariano tied for the team lead with two goals while Grant Consoletti and Jeff George each added one tally. Consoletti started on attack with Mariano while George subbed in to the midfield.
Aaron Madaisky also started, causing a key turnover late in the fourth quarter and scooping up a pair of groundballs as a longpole midfielder. Austin Spencer gobbled up a pair of groundballs and forced an Army turnover while Dylan Gruder and Paul Spinney also rotated into the lineup.
Brendan Hegarty became the eighth first-year player to see time when he rotated into the midfield during UMass' 12-11 win over No. 14 Ohio State on Feb. 16. James Marusi, Joe Romano, Charlie Schatz and Tyler Weeks added their first appearances during the 15-2 win at Brown on March 1. Gianni Bianchin became the 13th newcomer to rotate into a contest when he appeared for the first time at No. 5 Penn State in his return from injury.
ALIVE WHEN HOLDING THEM TO FIVE
UMass men's lacrosse has limited opponents to five of fewer goals on 13 occasions since the beginning of the 2009 season and has claimed victory in each contest. The Minutemen won one such game in 2009 and 2010 before adding two more decisions in 2011 and five in 2012, including the 9-3 victory at Ohio State on Feb. 25. During 2013, Massachusetts kept foes to five or fewer tallies once more before starting 2014 with the 6-5 victory at Army, adding an 8-4 win over Harvard on Feb. 22 and stifling Brown, 15-2 on March 1.
THE ONE AND ONLY
During the 2014 season, Joe Calvello took all but 24 of UMass' 283 faceoffs, winning 147 of his chances (56.8 percent). He was at the X for 91.5 percent of the team's faceoffs as a senior, the second-highest percentage among all CAA teams behind Hofstra's Kris Clarke, who owned all but three of the Pride's 343 faceoffs.
Calvello ended 2013 having taken 316-of-323 faceoffs for UMass (97.8 percent). With securing the vast majority of UMass' faceoffs, Calvello was one of only three in the NCAA Division I top-50 to hold down the spot with such consistency.
A ROOKIE SHALL LEAD THEM
Mariano's success on attack placed him among the NCAA leaders for freshman goal producers. He ranked first among rookies in goals per game (2.23) with his 29 in 13 appearances and tied for sixth in total goals scored.
AN INFLUX OF YOUTH
UMass had 15 freshmen on the roster among 37 total student-athletes (40.5 percent) in 2014. Alone, the freshmen outnumbered the junior and senior classes combined, 15-13. The freshman class comprised the most individuals, followed by the sophomores (nine), juniors (eight) and seniors (five).
YOUNG GUNS GET IT DONE
With a roster heavy on youth, the freshman class provided a boost to the offense, resulting in seven wins on the season. The first-year players scored 50 of the 119 Minuteman goals (42.0 percent) among seven players in Nick Mariano (29 goals), Jeff George (10), Grant Consoletti (six), Brendan Hegarty (two), Gianni Bianchin (one), Joe Romano (one) and Paul Spinney (one).
"GARBER'S GORILLAS" EXPLAINED
For the past 50 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.
MARIANO NETS FIRST CAREER AWARDS
After he produced four goals to spearhead UMass in its overtime defeat of No. 14 Ohio State, 12-11, Nick Mariano was named the CAA Player of the Week and CAA Co-Rookie of the Week. Both honors were the first for Mariano in his career. The Yorktown, N.Y., native continued to find success on offense following the win over the Buckeyes to lead the Minutemen in points (39) courtesy of a squad-best 29 goals to go with 10 assists.
IT'S A FAMILY TRADITION
A group of Minutemen have connections to the sport of lacrosse within their families, including freshman attackman Nick Mariano, assistant coaches Brian Jacovina and Doc Schneider, junior midfielder Brendan Schroeder and junior attackman Grant Whiteway.
Mariano is the latest in his family to continue a lacrosse career at the collegiate level. One brother, Tom, is the current head coach of Pace University's men's lacrosse program after a tenure with MLL's Ohio Machine franchise as the defensive coordinator and assistant coach. Tom was also the head coach at Sacred Heart for 17 seasons and won the 1992 NCAA Division III Championship as a player at Nazareth College. Another of Mariano's brothers, John, is the leader of LIU Post's men's lacrosse team and played collegiately at Pfeiffer University.
Jacovina's older brother, Joe, is an assistant coach for the Garden City varsity boy's lacrosse team, which won the 2013 New York Class B State Title.
Schneider's brother, Eric, is in his senior year at Johns Hopkins. Both served as standout goalies at Massapequa High School and earned all-America honors during their scholastic careers.
Schroeder also had a brother, Zack, play collegiately, as he competed at the Naval Academy from 2007-10, where he was a standout longpole defenseman, won 39 games and helped the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Also, Schroeder's father, John, lettered for Massachusetts in 1965.
Whiteway's older sister, Jamie, was a U.S. Lacrosse High School All-American at Billerica Memorial before playing two seasons with the Minutewomen from 2006-07.
MADAISKY, HOW'S THE WEATHER UP THERE?
Aaron Madaisky stands 6-foot-7, making the Surrey, British Columbia, native the tallest men's lacrosse player in the Colonial Athletic Association. Delaware's Tip Ashley, a junior who also plays defense and midfield, follows Madaisky at 6-foot-6 as the only two players in the CAA to measure at least six-and-a-half feet in height. With Madaisky's addition to the squad, 2014 marks the seventh consecutive season the Minutemen have featured a student-athlete measuring 6-foot-6 or taller.
Madaisky is one of seven players to stand 6-foot-7, tied for the tallest in Division I. Alex Beatty (Princeton), Reece Callies (High Point), Colin Heffernan (Dartmouth), Brian Kensil (Jacksonville), Matt Lane (Syracuse), Sean Wright (Providence) and Kyle Robinson (Rutgers) equal Madaisky in height according to each program's official roster.
CAUSED TURNOVERS BY COMMITTEE
The Minutemen forced 12 Harvard turnovers during the 8-4 home-opening win, with five different players recording two for UMass in the game. It was the most turnovers UMass has caused in one game since May 5, 2012, when the Minutemen created as many in their 18-12 win over Drexel during the CAA Tournament Championship Game, a span of 19 contests between the occurrences.
UMass added another contest with 12 caused turnovers at Drexel on April 12, only eight games later.
COMING ON STRONG
Grant Whiteway has 46 goals through 37 games played, with 32 of those tallies coming during the previous 17 contests alone. His recent run of dominance includes a then-career-high five goals notched against No. 17 Drexel on April 13, 2013, and a personal-best seven tallies to help UMass defeat Providence, 16-11 on March 11, 2014. More than half of his career goals have been earned just during his current streak.
After sporting a roster comprised entirely of student-athletes born in the United States of America during each of the last eight seasons, Massachusetts men's lacrosse signed three Canadian nationals to compete for the Minutemen during 2014. It is the most foreign-born players to appear on a UMass roster, the third time multiple Canadians have played in Amherst overall and the first instance since Ontario natives Craig Conn and Jeff Zywicki lettered in 2002.
Gianni Bianchin, an attackman and midfielder, hails from Stoney Creek, Ontario, but attended high school at Trinity Pawling in Pawling, N.Y. He was ranked as an Inside Lacrosse Top-50 Canadian Player during his scholastic career and was a first team all-league selection in 2012 when he accumulated 77 points. In his native Ontario he was part of the provincial squad that won national championships in 2010 and 2011.
Ty Klarner joins the Minutemen from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, where he attended Terry Fox Secondary School. Klarner produced 320 career points on 212 goals and 108 assists and was named the No. 8 player from Canada during his junior season according to Inside Lacrosse. The 6-foot-1 attackman also played box lacrosse for the Port Coquitlam Junior Saint "A" Team.
Aaron Madaisky - a 6-foot-7, 225-pound longpole defenseman - also comes to Amherst from British Columbia and was raised in the town of Surrey. He was an Adrenaline All-American in 2013 and the Provincial High School MVP as a junior and senior. Madaisky also played basketball, where he was a member of the U-15, U-16 and U-17 provincial teams for British Columbia.
MINUTEMEN PREVALENT ON 2014 MLL ROSTERS
Ten former Minutemen appeared on Major League Lacrosse rosters entering the league's 2014 season. Below is a complete list of UMass men's lacrosse alumni, their years active with the Minutemen and the MLL team they play for.
JIM WELLER INDUCTED INTO UMASS ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Men's lacrosse alumnus Jim Weller (1979-82), the program's all-time goals leader, was one of six former student-athletes inducted into the UMass Athletics Hall of Fame on Sunday, Jan. 26. Weller recorded 162 goals during his four seasons in Amherst while his 256 career points is the third-most ever recorded by a Minuteman.
For the third consecutive season, UMass features a coaching staff comprised entirely of graduates of the University of Massachusetts. Greg Cannella played two seasons under legendary head coach Dick Garber in 1986-87 and accumulated 64 career points in the process before joining the coaching staff as an assistant in 1993-94 and taking over as head coach in 1995.
USILA All-American and Major League Lacrosse Champion Doc Schneider is in his fifth year assisting Cannella after playing in goal from him from 2006-09. Schneider owns the second-most saves in UMass history (753) and was a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award.
Brian Jacovina enters his third season back in the Maroon and White after playing for the squad from 2003-07. As a competitor, Jacovina was a three-time NEILA All-New England choice that earned 84 career points before he spent two years playing in Major League Lacrosse.
THREE CHOSEN FOR PRESEASON ALL-CAA
Joe Calvello, Connor Mooney and Zach Oliveri were selected to the 2014 Preseason All-CAA Men's Lacrosse Team, as announced by the conference on Friday, Jan. 24. The trio of Minutemen were chosen in a vote by the league's head coaches, with Calvello being one of two faceoff specialists selected to the squad while Mooney and Oliveri were given honorable mention.
FOUR NAMED NEILA PRESEASON ALL-NEW ENGLAND
The New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (NEILA) announced its 2014 preseason all-New England selections on Thursday, Feb. 13, with four Minutemen earning recognition. Redshirt-junior midfielder Ryan Izzo, senior attackman and midfielder Connor Mooney and redshirt-sophomore goalie Zach Oliveri were placed on the NEILA Preseason All-New England First Team while junior attackman Grant Whiteway took in second team honors.
LEVEILLE ON 30-MAN ROSTER FOR U.S. FIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
University of Massachusetts alumnus Kevin Leveille was one of 30 players selected to the United States Men's Lacrosse National Team in preparation for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship, as announced by U.S. Lacrosse on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The event will be hosted in Denver, Colo., from July 10-19. With the Minutemen, Leveille currently sits 13th all-time with 159 points earned from 2000-03. He was a third-time USILA All-America selection (2001-03) while his 105 goals still holds as the ninth-most recorded by a Minuteman in program history and the third-highest total accrued during Greg Cannella's 19-year tenure as head coach.
CANNELLA ANNOUNCES THREE CAPTAINS FOR 2014
The University of Massachusetts men's lacrosse program and head coach Greg Cannella announced goalie Reed Goodhue, midfielder Ryan Izzo and attackman Connor Mooney as team captains for the 2014 season on Monday, Dec. 9. Goodhue and Mooney are in their senior seasons while Izzo is a redshirt-junior.
STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT
UMass is undefeated in the last 11 games played during the month of February, dating back to the beginning of the 2010 season. In total, the Minutemen are 19-5 in February back to the 1998 season when UMass completed its first game in the month, an 18-3 win at Holy Cross on Feb. 28.
Greg Cannella continues to challenge his squad with contests against the most talented programs nationally. In the process, Cannella guided UMass to at least three victories over USILA Top-20 foes in four of the last five seasons and owns 57 wins versus nationally ranked foes during his tenure at the helm of the program.
The Minutemen dispatched their first nationally-ranked foe of 2014 as UMass took a 12-11 overtime win from No. 14 Ohio State on Feb. 26 and added an 8-6 win at No. 5 Penn State on March 15. During 2013, UMass downed a trio of top-20 teams without having the comfort of playing any of those games 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 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the Minutemen have also secured the most single-season top-20 wins as a program under Cannella with seven during 2003 as well as six in 2006 when UMass reached the NCAA Tournament Championship Game.
LOOK WHO'S BACK, BACK AGAIN
UMass returns 22 players from the 2013 squad, including five starters from one year ago. The returnees include Zach Oliveri, who enters his second season as the top goalie, faceoff specialist and midfielder Joe Calvello, short-stick defensive midfielder Ryan Izzo, close defenseman Kyle Karaska and attackman Grant Whiteway.
In addition to the returning five starters from a season ago, the Minutemen have brought back depth on offense with Connor Mooney wearing the Maroon and White for his senior season alongside classmate Matt Whippen, both of who ran with the first line midfield last season. Also back up front are junior Andrew Sokol and sophomore Dan Muller who provided skill to the second line in the middle during 2013.
James Fahey saw considerable action at close defense alongside Karaska last season and is fully recovered from an injury that kept him out during a portion of the 2013 campaign. The duo will helm the UMass defense along with Oliveri.