Weekend Matchups April 6th

UVM Men’s Lacrosse Travels to UMBC for Conference Matchup on Saturday

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The Vermont men’s lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday (Apr. 6) when it travels to Catonsville, Md. to take on the UMBC Retrievers in a conference matchup at 1 p.m. Live video of the game can be seen on a pay-per-view basis via UMBCretrievers.com by clicking here.

Brody Eastwood and Jeff Tundo combined for 11 points to lead Stony Brook past Vermont in the America East opener for both teams this past Saturday. The Catamounts outshot Stony Brook and also held advantages in face-offs and ground balls, but were unable to come back from the deficit built up in the first half. Drew Philie led the way for Vermont with three goals and an assist, while Graham Horvath and Andrew Buckanavage each chipped in a pair of scores.

The Retrievers have posted a 3-6 overall record through nine games, and are 0-1 in league play after falling 15-14 in overtime at Hartford last time out. The Retrievers are 3-1 on their home turf this season, which already matches their win total at home from 2012, when they finished 3-5.

Senior attack Scott Jones leads all retrievers with 22 points and 19 goals through nine games. Freshman midfielder Pat Young slides in right behind Jones for second on the team with 21 points and 18 goals. Wes DiRito has started five games in net for UMBC, going 2-3 and posting an 11.97 goals against average and .479 save percentage.

UMBC was picked to finish tied for second in the America East Preseason Coaches’ Poll after receiving one first-place vote. The Retrievers ended last season at 5-8 overall and 3-2 in conference play following a loss to Albany in the America East semifinals.

The meeting on Saturday will mark the 11th all-time matchup between the two programs. UMBC defeated Vermont 11-8 in the most recent meeting between the teams last season in Burlington. Drew Philie led all scorers in the contest with five goals, while A.J. Masson and Ahmad Zachary chipped in a point each.

With a team-leading 23 goals on the season, Drew Philie now has 112 goals and 160 points during his career at UVM. The senior needs just four goals to move into third place on the program’s all-time career goals list, and is just five points behind former teammate Geoff Worley for the sixth-most points in program history.


Minutemen Cap Four-Game Road Trek At Towson
UMass men’s lacrosse looks for fourth consecutive win over the Tigers

Quick Hits
About 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 115-of-200 through 10 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 has given up nine or fewer goals in seven games this season.
•    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 Towson
Towson secured a 6-5 overall record and 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association mark through 11 contests this season and currently owns a three-game winning streak. During the stretch, which began with a 12-9 win over Maryland-Baltimore County, the Tigers also defeated Delaware, 7-6 in overtime and Hofstra, 7-6. Shawn Nadelen is in his second season as the leader of the program and is 13-13 as Towson’s head coach. UMass is 4-2 all-time against the Tigers, which includes a victory during the 1963 season against the school when it was named Towson State. After dropping a pair of decisions during the 2010 season, the Minutemen are 3-0 in the last trio meetings.

Thomas DeNapoli leads the team with 38 points on 28 goals and 10 assists while Andrew Hodgson follows with 23 points on 15 goals and eight assists. Cory Dobyns adds 17 tallies and a duo of helpers and Greg Cuccinello (13 points), Justin Mabus (13) and Robby Zoppo (12) round out the double-digit scorers. In net, Andrew Wascavage has played all 669:10 on the season, giving up 8.79 tallies per game while recording a .608 save percentage with 152 stops and 98 goals allowed.

As a team, the Tigers have won just 89 of a possible 226 faceoffs (.394 percentage), with Zack Gregory (31-of-70; .443) and Conor Pequigney (30-of-72; .417) seeing the most action at the faceoff X. Patrick Conroy (15-of-34; .441), Luke Pellizzi (10-of-34; .294), Austin Lyons (3-of-15; .200) round out the group. Andrew Hodgson leads Towson with 28 groundballs while Jordan Fortmann follows closely behind with 27 and a team-best 13 caused turnovers.

Overall, the Tigers are being outscored, 98-91 while opponents have earned a 150-143 lead in points. Foes also lead in shots (402-377), on-target attempts (241-211), groundballs (352-294) and faceoff victories (137-89).

Last Time Against The Tigers
A three-goal fourth quarter propelled the No. 1 UMass men’s lacrosse team over the Towson Tigers in the CAA Tournament Semifinals, 10-3 on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Garber Field. Colin Fleming ripped a career-high four goals, and Will Manny tied a personal-best with five assists as the Minutemen earned the right to face Drexel in the CAA Finals on Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Amherst, Mass., with the victory.

UMass remained perfect on the season with a 14-0 overall record, setting a new program high for wins in a season. Towson’s year concluded at 7-8.
Art Kell tallied three goals for UMass, and the trio of Manny, Kyle Smith, and Tom Celentani each added a score. For Celentani, the goal marked the first of the senior’s career.

Play was tight in the opening 15 minutes as both squads were scoreless until Fleming notched the game’s first mark with six seconds left in the quarter. The Minutemen extended the lead in the second frame, making it 6-0 heading into the half.

The fourth-seeded Tigers did not go away quietly, scoring the first two goals of the second half, cutting the Minutemen’s lead to four, 6-2, at the 12:35 mark in the third quarter. It was all Maroon & White the rest of the way, as the Greg Cannella’s squad outscored Towson 4-1 in the remaining 26 minutes of play.

The victory marks the second of the season over Towson, as UMass outlasted the Tigers at Garber Field 14-3 on April 7. The Tigers were paced by Sean Maguire, Andrew Hodgson, and Matt Lamon who each tallied a score.

In between the pipes Andrew Wascavage gave the Tigers a strong backbone, making a game-high 11 saves. Tim McCormack recorded eight stops for UMass.

On the ground, UMass won the battle 27-22 on groundballs. Towson was tough in the circle, but the Minutemen came away with a 9-6 advantage on faceoffs.

The Friars enter Sunday’s game with a 1-2 record in conference play.

Providence, R.I. – The Providence College men’s lacrosse team is set to host No. 5 Notre Dame. The Friars enter Sunday’s match-up with an overall record of 7-4 (1-2 BIG EAST). The Friars have posted seven wins thus far which marks the most wins in a single season for Providence since its 2008 campaign.

Providence last competed on Tuesday, April 2 when the Friars travelled to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale. The Bulldogs topped the Friars, 13-6. After a back-and-forth first quarter, Yale carried a 8-5 lead into halftime. The Bulldogs went on to out-score the Friars, 5-1 in the final 30 minutes of play.

Providence has been aggressive on offense, out-shooting its opponents, 429-376, and out-scoring its opponents, 121-120. Junior Sean Wright (Silver Spring, Md.) tops the Friar scoresheet with 39 points on a team-high 30 goals and nine assists. Junior Andrew Barton (Timonium, Md.) ranks second on the team in scoring with 37 points on 21 goals and 16 assists.

The Friar defense is led by graduate student Michael Noyes (Ocean City, Md.) and freshman Griffin Goudreau (Campbell, Calif.) who have caused 22 and 10 turnovers, respectively.

Junior Ryan Shaw (East Hampton, N.Y.) has taken the most face-offs for Providence and has won 122-252 face-off attempts.

As a team the Friars are clearing the ball at 89.2 percent and have been successful on 181-203 attempts.

Freshman goalie Jack Connelly (Kenilworth, Ill.) has started all 11 games for the Friars and has logged 643:44 minutes in goal. Connelly has recorded 116 saves for Providence and holds a .498 save percentage.

Providence is 0-3 all-time with Notre Dame since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2010. The two team’s last met on April 27, 2012 in South Bend, Ind. where the Fighting Irish defeated the Friars, 9-1.

Scouting Notre Dame… Notre Dame enters Sunday’s game with an overall record of 7-2 (1-1 BIG EAST). The Fighting Irish’s conference win came over Rutgers on Sunday, March 24 when Notre Dame topped the Scarlet Knights, 7-6. Matt Kavanagh leads Notre Dame in the scoring column with 28 points on 18 goals and 10 assists. Jim Marlatt and Sean Rogers join Kavanagh in the 20+ point category with 21 points apiece. Liam O’Connor has had the most presence for Notre Dame at the face-off “X.” O’Connor is 80-of-150 in face-off attempts. John Kemp has logged 539:15 minutes in goal for Notre Dame and owns a .537 save percentage. Kemp has recorded 79 saves and holds a 7.57 goals against average. Notre Dame has out-shot its opponents, 350-265, and out-scored its opponents, 95-70.