December 18, 2014

Scrolling Headlines:

BLOG: UMass football recruiting roundup: UMass signs DT, offers two kickers -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UMass President Robert Caret resigns to become chancellor of the University of Maryland system -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brandon Montour: ‘It felt great to be out there’ -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UMass falls to Northeastern in Brandon Montour’s debut -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cady Lalanne continues to evolve as a potential outside shooting threat -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

UMass hockey returns to action against Northeastern, Montour to make season debut -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Demetrius Dyson remains hopeful despite rocky start to season -

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Former UMass soccer star Matt Keys aims to continue his career professionally -

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pierre-Louis, Dillard shine in UMass victory over Holy Cross -

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Passing, spacing improved in UMass victory -

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Prolific first half propels UMass past Canisius, 75-58 -

Saturday, December 13, 2014

UMass Faculty Senate hears ad hoc committee’s report on FBS football, shoots down contentious motion -

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Minutemen hope improved spacing will aid struggling half court offense -

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Divest UMass urges Board of Trustees to split with fossil fuel industry -

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Cady Lalanne accustomed to dealing with increased attention -

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Front to Back: Week of Dec. 1, 2014 -

Monday, December 8, 2014

Chiarelli: UMass basketball running out of time to find its identity -

Monday, December 8, 2014

Minutewomen take care of business against American -

Monday, December 8, 2014

UMass women’s basketball handles American, 71-61 -

Sunday, December 7, 2014

UMass basketball downed by Florida Gulf Coast 84-75 -

Sunday, December 7, 2014

UMass men’s lacrosse set for another Ivy League clash against Brown

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The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team will face another familiar Ivy League opponent this weekend.

Last week it was Harvard. This week it’s Brown.

The 2013 seniors entered last Saturday’s 8-6 win with a losing record against the Crimson. However, they enter their match up with the Bears undefeated in their careers.

Last Saturday, the No. 5 Minutemen (3-0) had to rely on their defense to win against Harvard. This weekend, UMass coach Greg Cannella hopes that won’t be the case.

“You don’t want to play as much defense as you played on Saturday against Harvard, because eventually it will catch up to you,” Cannella said. “Any time you can put forth a defensive effort like that you know you’re happy about it, but you know the next game is a different situation for sure.”

While the Minutemen were locked in a close defensive battle last weekend, Brown (0-1) was in one of its own. Unlike UMass, the Bears came out on the losing side of things in a 9-7 loss against Quinnipiac.

Cannella said he saw a team that was “snake-bitten” in its loss to the Bobcats and he expects them to come out“fired up and ready to go.”

Unlike the Crimson, Brown returns most of its players this season, including its second and third leading scorers from last season – Sam Hurster (31 goals, 39 points) and Nick Piroll (23 goals, 30 points), respectively.

Hurster scored two goals and an assist while Piroll had a goal and an assist during the Bears loss to Quinnipiac.

UMass defenseman Jake Smith said that the Minutemen had a good game plan defensively against Harvard and that they will need to apply that and also make some changes against the Bears.

“We have some core principles that we always keep the same, we like to play in an aggressive way every game,” Smith said. “The specific game plan around their sets and man-ups, just more specific things that will change week-to-week.”

The Bears also return last year’s starting goalkeeper, junior Will Round, although he didn’t play in their season opener. Round started all 15 games for Brown last season and posted a 9.03 goals against average and .530 save percentage.

Getting the start in goal last weekend was Wills Curley. He played the first half before being replaced by Jack Kelly at the start of the second half.

“They’re a great transition team, they are an aggressive group on both sides of the ball,” Cannella said of Brown. “This is a group that has a lot of experience coming back. You like the way they play, they push everything from defense to offense to try to get the quick goals.”

As for his own team, Cannella said he had no news on the statuses of injured players Will Manny, Colin Fleming or James Fahey.

He did say that he is looking for consistency from the players who have to play in their absence.

Smith reiterated those sentiments.

“It’s been a good opportunity for a lot of the young guys to step in and kind of establish their roles,” Smith said, “but I think teams will change throughout the year with guys coming back.”

As for the read he has on the team with all the injuries its had to endure, Smith said,“I don’t think we’ll kind of fully have our identity till maybe a few more games a little later in the season.”

Saturday’s game  is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at Garber Field.

Cameron McDonough can be reached at cameronm@student.umass.edu and followed on Twitter @Cam_McDonough.

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