Weekend Matchups 3/30/13

Men’s Lacrosse Hosts Stony Brook in America East Opener Saturday

VERMONT MEN’S LACROSSE NOTEBOOK
The Vermont men’s lacrosse team welcomes in Stony Brook for the America East opener for both teams on Saturday (Mar. 30) at 1 p.m. Live video of the game can be seen for free via UVMathletics.com by clicking here.

Tickets can be purchased online at UVMathletics.com, via the phone at 802-656-4410, in person at the UVM Athletic Ticket Office (M-F: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.), or in person one hour prior to the game at the Gutterson Fieldhouse Ticket Office.

GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS
Youth Lacrosse Day – Free admission to youth players who e-mail RallyCatamount@uvm.edu

Post-Game Pass & Catch with the team

LAST TIME OUT
James Kennedy and Clay Haarmann combined for five goals, and the Crusaders defense held off Vermont in the final period to help Holy Cross to an 8-5 victory over Vermont this past Tuesday.  Graham Horvath and Augie Remien led the way for the Catamounts with two goals apiece, and A.J. Masson chipped in with a game-high two assists.

SCOUTING STONY BROOK
The Seawolves own a 5-4 record on the season after losing to Bryant, 10-9, their last time out. Opponents have outshot Stony Brook by 44 shots on the season and have also held advantages in both ground balls and faceoffs.

Jeff Tundo has piled up 36 points on the year for Stony Brook while leading the team in goals (21) and assists (15). Challen Rogers is second on the team in both points (21) and assists (11), and is tied for fourth with 10 goals. Dan Shaughnessy has started six games in net for the Seawolves and has posted a 10.11 goals against average and .489 save percentage.

Stony Brook was picked to finish second in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll after finishing atop the conference last season with a 4-1 record in league play and winning the America East tournament. The Seawolves were eventually bounced from the NCAA tournament after losing to Johns Hopkins, 19-9.

Saturday’s game will mark the 13th all-time meeting between Vermont and Stony Brook. The Seawolves earned a 13-5 victory in last season’s matchup on their home turf.

Photo courtesy UVM Athletics

 

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE SET TO FACE-OFF WITH RUTGERS

The Friars look to notch their first conference win of the season.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team will face-off against conference foe, Rutgers, on Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J. Providence enters Saturday’s game with an overall record on 6-3 (0-2 BIG EAST), while Rutgers holds a record of 2-7 (0-2 BIG EAST).

The Friars are coming off of an exciting 10-9 win over Bryant which took place on Tuesday, March 26. The win snapped a three game losing streak for Providence. The Friars were able to overcome a 7-2 deficit with 12:38 left to play in the third quarter. Providence’s defense played as a tough unit and fueled the come-back. Junior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) led the offensive effort, notching his seventh hat-trick on the season in the win. In addition, senior Daniel Textor (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) added two goals to pace the Friars. The game was broadcast by Cox Sports on tape delay and will be aired on Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m., Sunday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m.

In all games, Providence leads the BIG EAST in shots per game with 39.67. Wright leads the BIG EAST (all games) in goals per game with an average of three. Fellow junior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) ranks third in the league (all games) in assists per game with 1.67. Wright and Barton top the Friars’ score sheet with 34 points apiece. Wright has tallied a team-high 27 goals and seven assists, while Barton has notched 19 goals and dished out a team-high 15 assists. In addition, Textor has notched two goals in each of the Friars two previous games.

Graduate student Michael Noyes (Ocean City, Md.) and freshman Griffin Goudreau (Campbell, Calif.) serve as the solid backline that has limited their opponents to 196 shots on goal.

Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) has started all nine games for the Friars. Connelly has tallied 92 saves in 519:44 minutes in between the pipes.

Providence and Rutgers last met on March 31, 2012 where the Friars were topped by the Scarlet Knights, 8-7 (OT). Rutgers was led by Scott Klimchak who tallied four goals in the victory. Providence has been edged by Rutgers in each of the three times that the two teams have met since the Friars joined the BIG EAST conference.

SCOUTING RUTGERS (2-7 Overall, 0-2 BIG EAST): Rutgers has recorded wins over Manhattan (15-6) and Wagner, (20-10). The Scarlet Knights have dropped conference games to St. John’s (20-13) and Notre Dame (7-6). Nick Depaolera leads the Scarlet Knights in scoring with 28 points on 15 goals and 13 assists. Scott Klimchak has notched a team-high 21 goals and dished out five assists for a total of 26 points. Joseph Nardella has been successful for Rutgers in face-offs and owns a .660 win percentage. Kris Alleyne has recorded 110 saves in 507:45 minutes in goal. Rutgers has out-scored its opponents 94-93 and have been out-shot by its opponents 348-344. The Scarlet Knights have been successful on 136-165 clear attempts.

Men’s Lacrosse Returns To CAA Competition At Saint Joseph’s
UMass faces the Hawks to begin a stretch of five consecutive conference contests

Quick HitsAbout the 2013 season…
•    Started 3-0 for the 16th time in program history and third consecutive season.
•    Won at least two games against USILA ranked opponents for the fifth straight year and 13th time under Greg Cannella.
•    Features a new faceoff specialist in junior Joe Calvello, who has won 107-of-186 through nine games (57.5 percent).
•    Returned Colin Fleming and Will Manny against #18 Penn State after four and five game absences, respectively.
•    Had a set of six-point days against Army from players recording their first collegiate points in Matt Whippen and Andrew Sokol.
•    Defeated a top-5 nationally ranked opponent in #4 North Carolina for the 13th time in program history.
•    Features a first-year goalie in redshirt-freshman Zach Oliveri, who currently allows only 8.38 goals per game and owns a .583 save percentage.
•    Added a new player to the 100-point club in Kyle Smith, the 39th member of the group.

About the 2012 season…
•    Finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1969.
•    Won a program-record 15 contests.
•    Notched the best scoring margin among all NCAA Division-I teams at +5.75.
•    Tallied the third-best scoring defense in the NCAA, limiting opponents to just 7.19 goals per game.
•    Defeated four ranked opponents: #11 Ohio State, #12 Bucknell, #14 Penn State and #19 Towson.
•    Had six players named USILA All-Americans, including 2012 Tewaaraton Award finalist Will Manny.

Scouting Saint Joseph’s
Saint Joseph’s enters competition with the Minutemen holding a 4-6 mark on the season, with a pair of losses in Colonial Athletic Association competition. The Hawks fell to #17 Penn State, 9-2 to begin conference play on March 23 before dropping a 16-3 decision to #14 Drexel on March 27. Saint Joseph’s is led by second-year head coach Taylor Wray, who owns a 10-15 record with the program. The Minutemen have taken both previous meetings between the squads, earning a 15-3 victory in the most recent clash on March 31, 2012 at Garber Field.

The Hawks are led by freshman Pat Swanick, who owns 20 points on 15 goals, including three man-up tallies, and five assists while sophomore Michael Dougherty adds 15 points on nine goals and six assists. Sophomore Matthew Sarcona, the younger brother of former Minutewomen lacrosse star Nina Sarcona (2009-12), follows with nine goals and four assists and Johnny Simanski rounds out the quartet of double-digits scorers with six marks and four helpers. This season, Saint Joseph’s is relying largely on the offense produced by underclassmen, with five of the top six scorers coming from the freshmen or sophomore classes.

Dustin Keen owns the starting spot in goal through 10 contests, playing 546:11 between the pipes while accumulating 94 saves versus 80 tallies let in for a .540 save percentage and 8.79 goals against average. Chris Moffa completes the remaining 38:32 with 11 goals against and seven saves for an average of 17.13 given up and a .389 save percentage. Will Abbott is the main faceoff specialist with 78 wins in 160 attempts (.488 faceoff pct.) and the second-most groundballs (28) on the team behind the 30 Will Farrell has picked up.

Overall, Saint Joseph’s is being outscored, 91-69 while opponents own more shots, 351-338 and on-target attempts, 192-183. Foes have also scooped up more groundballs, 286-264 and caused more turnovers, 80-69 while winning 107 of the 195 faceoffs.

Last Time Against The Hawks
For just the third time in program history, the No. 2 UMass men’s lacrosse team improved to 9-0 on the season after a 15-3 win over Saint Joseph’s on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at Garber Field. The Minutemen started the 1981 and 2001 campaigns with 9-0 records as well. Will Manny posted eight points on the day with three goals and five assists, while the UMass defense clamped down on the Hawks, allowing a season-low three goals. Along with the 9-0 overall record, UMass also improved to 2-0 in the CAA. Saint Joseph’s fell to 3-6 overall and 0-3 in league play.

Manny’s outing marked the fifth time on the season he posted six points or more in a game. His five assists tied a career-high, which was previously set Tuesday, March 27 against Harvard.

Art Kell notched five points in the game with a pair of goals and three assists, while Anthony Biscardi tallied three goals and an assist. Connor Mooney and Colin Fleming each posted a pair of goals as well.

The defense was led by Jake Smith, who caused a pair of turnovers and collected four groundballs. Tim McCormack played 49:47 in goal –  making 11 saves without allowing a goal.

The Hawks were led by Augustus Quinzani, who scored a pair of fourth quarter man-up goals. Ryan McGee added Saint Joseph’s other tally and had a pair of assists. Griffin Ferrigan took the loss while making 10 saves.

Faceoffs were the key to the game, with the Minutemen winning 14-of-18 on the day. Anthony Toresco was nearly perfect going 8-for-9 while scooping up four groundballs to lead UMass.

Paced by five different goal scorers, the Minutemen cruised to a 5-0 lead after the first quarter. UMass added two in the second, including a tally from Biscardi with nine seconds to go before halftime.

The Hawks started the second half with 50 seconds left on a man-up advantage, but UMass was able to kill it off. Kell scored his second of the day midway through the third quarter as UMass tallied five more goals to go up 12-0 entering the fourth.

Mooney capitalized on a pair of extra-man opportunities with a goal at the 14:44 mark and his second just 25 seconds later. Brendan Schroeder netted his first goal as a Minuteman at the 6:43 mark giving UMass a 15-0 lead.

Three penalties on the Minutemen in the final four minutes of play led to the three Hawks goals. Quinzani scored his first with 3:55 to go before adding another 28 seconds later. McGee scored with 2:12 left in the game to give the final score.