By Matt Noonan
The first official weekend of the college lacrosse season is in the books and below are news and notes from the various contests.
* Boston University’s men’s team began its new era (#newera on Twitter) with a trip to Macon, Georgia yesterday. The Terriers fell to Mercer, 17-6, but received goals from Pat Meyers (two goals, one assist), Cal Dearth (one goal), Adam Schaal (one goal), Clay Phillips (one goal) and James Clarke (one goal). Christian Carson and Tyler Zickel split time in net, but combined for five save.
The Terriers will play its inaugural home contest next Saturday, February 15 when they welcome Canisius to Nickerson Field for a 12 p.m. face-off.
* Nick Mariano and Grant Whiteway each netted a pair of goals, while Zachary Oliveri deflected eight shots, which provided UMass’ men’s team with their first victory of the season. The Minutemen edged Army, 6-5. UMass led at the break, 4-3, but received two goals from Whiteway in the third, which helped the Maroon and White push ahead.
UMass has won seven straight season-openers. They’ll look to continue their momentum next Saturday when they take on Ohio State in the Moe’s Southwest Grill Classic at 9 p.m.
* Finally, the UMass women’s team earned their first win of 2014 by defeating Vanderbilt, 13-6. Katie Ferris, who registered four goals, broke the program’s all-time goals record. She currently has 171 for her career. Melissa Carelli and Sam Rush each contributed three goals in the win, while Tanner Guarino netted a pair.
UMass returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Connecticut to face the Huskies, a squad they met in last year’s NCAA tournament.