Mass College Lax: Lacrosse Notebook (Apr. 21, 2012)

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It’s been a few weeks since our last Lacrosse Notebook, but we’re back and ready to provide some highlights, news and notes from the various colleges in Massachusetts.

* Saturday will be an exciting day for three local schools, as Bentley, Merrimack and University of Massachusetts (Amherst) will play one regular season contest at Gillette Stadium.

* Bentley-Merrimack will face-off at 2:30pm, UMass-Hofstra will battle at 5:30pm.

* In case you didn’t know, UMass is now the No. 1 men’s lacrosse team in the USILA Coaches Poll, and currently 11-0. Loyola College is the other Div. 1 squad with a perfect record, too.

* According to the regional rankings as of Apr. 18, Merrimack’s men’s lacrosse team is the second best squad in the Northeast region. They’re currently 8-2, and recently sustained losses to Le Moyne and Southern New Hampshire.

* Stonehill College’s women’s lacrosse team is currently the second best squad in the NE-10. They’re 11-2 overall, 9-1 in conference play, and have four critical contests remaining prior to the conclusion of the regular season.

* Merrimack junior Corey Lunney is the Warriors top goal scorer this season with 30 goals. He is second in the NE-10, and also dished out five assists this spring, too.

* The Tufts University Jumbos men’s lacrosse team remains the top squad in the NESCAC with 11 wins and two losses. They’re currently riding a six game winning streak, which includes wins against Amherst College and Endicott College. They have two more contests remaining this season, and both will be played in Medford.

* Excluding Saturday’s events at Gillette Stadium – there will also be a critical contest in Springfield, as the men’s lacrosse team hosts Wheaton College. Both teams are undefeated in the Patriot League, and this particular match could decide who’ll take over first place in the conference.

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UMass senior Will Manny has been a major component for the Minutemen this season! (Photo


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.