Mass College Lacrosse: Lax Notebook (Mar. 29, 2012)

UMass senior Will Manny has been a major component for the Minutemen this season! (Photo Credit:Lax.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Catching up on some of the local lacrosse news from across the Bay State.

UMass Continues to Dominate

University of Massachusetts (Amherst) took a step closer toward the top spot in the USLIA Coaches poll with recent victories against Harvard and Penn.

The Minutemen are currently slated as the second best team in the country behind Johns Hopkins – a team that also hasn’t yielded a loss this season, too.

Junior Will Manny currently leads the team with 40 points, (26 goals and 14 assists), while senior Art Kell has tallied 26 points, (16 goals and 10 assists).

Also, senior goaltender Tim McCormack has recorded 470 minutes between the pipes, and has surrendered 55 goals off 241 shots. He’s also saved 85 shots thus far and is a major reason why the Minutemen are 8-0.

Merrimack Remains Perfect

Prior to their first home contest of the season this past Tuesday; the Merrimack Warriors men’s lacrosse team earned four critical wins – two on the road and two at neutral sites – before they tallied their fifth victory against Franklin Pierce.

Merrimack will attempt to preserve their perfect record on Saturday, Mar. 31, when they host the fifth best team in Division II… Adelphi.

Endicott’s Magic Ride

After beginning the season with a 1-3 record, the Endicott men’s lacrosse team changed gears, and spouted off four consecutive wins against Curry College, Springfield College, University of New England and Gordon College in the past 10 days.

Senior Brendan Eppley has led the charge with 11 goals and eight assists, while junior goaltender Tom Burke has saved 73 shots.

The Gulls four game road trip continues on Saturday, as they’ll travel to Wesleyan College for a 1pm face-off.

Gillette Stadium Hosts New England Women’s Lacrosse Classic on Saturday

Four women’s lacrosse teams will invade Gillette Stadium on Saturday, Mar. 31, as Harvard will face-off against No. 12 Syracuse at 12pm, while No. 1 Northwestern will square off against Ohio State at 2pm.

Expect a decent amount of local residents to come out and cheer on the Wildcats, especially since eight players hail from Massachusetts. Also, three of those eight players are from Westwood – a town that’s become known for its girls high school lacrosse program.

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