Having already played its season opener and home opener, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team has already gained on-field experience this spring. After defeating Holy Cross in its season opener, the Minutewomen will face Connecticut this weekend in the Huskies’ first game of the spring.
In order to create more shot opportunities this season, Massachusetts men’s lacrosse coach Greg Canella has instituted an offensive strategy built on extra passing. The style of play paid off against Sacred Heart in the first game of the season when the Minutemen came back from a deficit to win, 15-12.
Gladly returning home, the Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team will play Hartford this weekend at McGuirk Stadium. The No. 17 Minutemen are coming off of their 15-12 win over Sacred Heart in their season opener.
The Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team responded to a loss against Northwestern in the season opener with a 15-9 victory against Holy Cross in the home opener. Now, the Minutewomen will play their second road game of the year on Saturday when they play rival Connecticut in its first game this spring.
Despite a back-and-forth momentum shift between the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team and Holy Cross, the Minutewomen prevailed, 15-6, Wednesday after they broke through a tired Crusader defense.
UMass coach Alexis Venechanos felt her team needed to improve in two key areas after the loss to the Wildcats: teamwork and draw controls. The Minutewomen did just that to the tune of out-drawing Holy Cross in their 15-6 win.
After dropping its season opener against five-time defending national champion Northwestern, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team will look for its first win of the 2010 season against Holy Cross in its home opener. The Minutewomen lead the all-time series against the Crusaders, 9-4, though Holy Cross has won three of the last four meetings.
Against Holy Cross on Wednesday, the Massachusetts women’s lacrosse team will look to get back to the basics and work on its teamwork as it attempts to record its first win of the 2010 season. Draw controls are another area of emphasis for UMass coach Alexis Venechanos after the Minutewomen were overpowered, 21-5, on draw controls against Northwestern.
The Massachusetts men’s lacrosse team escaped a third-quarter rally by Sacred Heart in the season-opener to win, 15-12, on Saturday. Anthony Biscardi finished the game with two goals and two assists.
With the exception of a 12-2 loss to Southern Illinois, the Minutewomen picked up right where they left off last season with a strong weekend. Pitcher Sara Plourde went 3-0 on the weekend.
After competing in the ECAC for a number of years, the Minutemen head to a more competitive CAA along with Penn State and Hofstra to compete against teams like Towson and Delaware. The Minutemen open their conference schedule on March 27 against Hofstra.
With the losses of Doc Schneider, Tim Balise and Jim Connolly, the Minutemen hope that in a new conference, a team with 13 freshmen can get back to the NCAA tournament for the 19th time in school history.
Losing three starters and a team’s best pitcher is hard for any team. UMass coach Elaine Sortino believes that her role players from last year will fill in and play a significant part in her team getting back to the NCAA tournament.
The Minutewomen will rely on a higher fitness level from her players, a better defense and a shift from power hitting to speed in order to get back to the NCAA tournament. Without players like Whitney Mollica, Davina Hernandez, and Brandice Balschmiter, UMass will try for their 23rd A-10 championship.
Columnist Jeffrey R. Larnard discusses his coverage of the UMass softball teams triumphant game last season, and sheds new light on why students as well as UMass fans should go and catch a game this spring.
The Massachusetts softball team hopes to live up to its high expectations and win a 22nd Atlantic 10 Championship as well as make the NCAA Tournament. The Minutewomen were ranked 20th in the nation by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
The Massachusetts softball team lost four seniors to graduation at the end of this year, but UMass coach Elaine Sortino believes her team will still have a high level of success with a speedy team. Here is a look at the 2010 roster.
With seven goals in the first 16 minutes of play by the five-time defending national champions, UMass was in a constant catch-up role against Northwestern on Saturday. The Minutewomen put some pressure on later in the game, but the deficit was too much as they fell 18-6.
Merritt Cosgrove will return home to play in California for the first time in her collegiate career against five-time defending national champion Northwestern to begin the 2010 season. The senior from Carlsbad is excited for the chance to play in front of her family and friends on Saturday night.