|University of Massachusetts Men’s Lacrosse Game Notes & Information|
– Massachusetts is 27-30-1 all-time against Brown in a series that dates back to 1954. The Gorillas have won the last two meetings in the series, 14-7 in Amherst on March 23, 2019 and at Brown on March 24 , 2018. The squads were scheduled to meet on March 21, 2020 but the matchup was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To Quickly Recap
– Massachusetts opened up last Wednesday’s game against Vermont by out-scoring the Catamounts 5-0 in the first quarter and went on to secure a 12-10 win over UVM.
– UMass continued its balanced offensive output with nine individuals combining for the squad’s 12 tallies. Graduate student Logan Liljeberg and senior Kevin Tobin finished with a team-high four points apiece. Liljeberg posted a hat trick and dished an assist, while Tobin contributed a goal and three assists. Senior Gabriel Procyk logged two goals and an assist, while Mike Tobin logged a goal and an assist. Caleb Hammett won 14 or 23 faceoffs and had 10 groundballs in the contest.
† Matt Knote finished with eight saves and Dom Elmo had a clutch stop to keep Vermont from making it a one-goal game with under a minute to play. UMass ended the day with a 40-39 edge in shots and led in shots on goal. 26-21. The Gorillas were a perfect 13-for-13 in clear attempts and turnovers were tied at seven apiece.
Hammett Leads The Way In The CAA
† Caleb Hammett has won 72 of 128 faceoffs for a .562 winning percentage over seven games. He leads the CAA, while teammate Zack Hochman (22-for-53, .415) sits seventh in the conference.
† Kevin Tobin currently has 130 career points and is 18 points shy of passing Jeff Trainor (2017-21) to become the highest scoring midfielder in program history.
† Sam Eisenstadt has 33 career caused turnovers (tied 16th all-time) and is three shy of cracking the top-15 in program history.
† Matt Knote has 280 career saves to date, recently breaking into the top-15 all time in program history and is 25 away from matching Gerry Moreau (1981-85) for 14th all time.
First Of Many
– Massachusetts had five players just their first UMass goals in the season opener against Army as those five Gorillas accounted for 10 of the squad’s 13 tallies in the contest.
– Transfers Logan Liljeberg and Anthony Sericolo combined for five goals against the Black Knights, with Liljeberg posting a hat trick.
– Sophomore Shane O’Leary posted his first career hat trick with his first three goals of his collegiate career, while classmate Grant Breyo collected his first career goal in his second season with the Maroon & White.
– Freshman John Krisch picked up his first career goal in his collegiate debut. Graduate transfer James Caddigan added an assist for his first UMass point. John Crehan and Jack Wittmaack also made their collegiate debuts at Army.
Next Man Up Mentality
– With Chris Connolly and Kevin Tobin both missing time with injuries early this season, several Gorillas stepped up to contribute offensively as Grant Breyo, Mike Tobin† Logan Liljeberg and Shane O’Leary are tied for second on the squad in goals with 10 through seven games.
† Mike Tobin has already surpassed his career high of six goals in seven games in 2020.
– O’Leary and Breyo, both sophomores, came into the 2022 campaign with zero career goals between them. Both have hat tricks to their credit thus far this year and Breyo has scored at least one goal in six of seven games.
More First Timers
– In the 19-9 win over UMass Lowell on February 19, 12 individuals combined for Massachusetts’ 19 tallies, including the first two goals of James Caddigan’s UMass career and first collegiate goals for Mason Bregman† Jackson Cummings and Matt Hill.
– Bregman was one of 10 Gorillas who saw their first collegiate action in the victory, along with Sebo Birse† Tyler Blue† Brady Hoff† Aidan Kaminska† Sam Mattson† Matthew Petitto† Owen Quinn† Zachary Relovsky and Coltrane Tyson
† Mike Tobin netted his first career hat trick at Yale on March 5.
Record Setting Man Up Day
– Massachusetts went 7-for-8 in extra-man opportunities against UMass Lowell on February 19, setting a new program single-game record for man up goals in a single game. UMass had six extra-man goals on two occasions prior since the stat has been tracked: May 21, 2005 against Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Tournament and March 13, 1999 vs. Fairfield.
Back For More
– The Gorillas have five players on this year’s roster entering their fifth seasons with the Maroon & White: attack/midfielder Jack Siebertmidfielder Kevin Tobinattack Chris Connollydefenseman Sam Eisenstadt and midfielder Kevin Cutinella†
– Tobin led UMass in scoring last season with 31 points.
– Massachusetts is returning two 20-goal scorers from 2021 in senior Gabriel Procyk and sophomore Dillon Arrant who put up 21 and 20 goals, respectively. Procyk entered the year tied for fourth all-time in man-up goals with 15 in his career, and has matched Ben Spencer (2016-19) for the program record with 19 to his credit.
– Arrant’s 20-goal season as a rookie in 2021 tied for the 10th most by a freshman in program history.
– UMass has added three transfers in attack Logan Liljeberg from Sacred Heart, midfielder Anthony Sericolo from Hartford and midfielder James Caddigan from Colgate
– Liljeberg put up 138 points (73 goals, 65 assists) over 49 games for the Pioneers with 108 groundballs and 24 caused turnovers. He served as team captain and earned All-NEC First-Team honors after finishing third in the conference at 4.09 points per-game. He was a USILA Scholar All-American and a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team selection.
– Sericolo played two seasons at Hartford and logged 22 points in 13 games on 15 goals and 7 assists with 15 groundballs.
– Caddigan captained Colgate’s squad in 2021 and was a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member. He logged 66 points (43 goals,23 assists) with 48 groundballs and four caused turnovers.
Reloading The Bench
– Head coach Greg Cannellawho is entering his 28th season at the helm and 30th overall on the bench for Massachusetts will have three new faces joining him on the sidelines in 2022: Noah Fossner† Kyle Smith and Ron Hamwey†
– Fossner, a 2011 Delaware graduate and former goalkeeper, comes to UMass with a decade’s worth of Division I coaching experience with previous stints at his alma mater as well as Harvard, Boston University and Rutgers.
– Smith a 2014 UMass graduate, returns to his alma mater following a seven-year stint with Merrimack where he helped the warriors to two national titles at the Division II level.
Welcome To The Troop
– Massachusetts has eight first-year players on its roster this season: Attack Coltrane Tyson (Burlington, Ontario), midfielders Sebo Birse (Salem, Mass.), Brady Hoff (Ipswich, Mass.), John Krisch (Huntington, NY) and Sam Mattson (Wrentham, Mass.) and defensemen Corey Frydman (Boca Raton, Fla.), Matthew Petitto (Wakefield, Mass.) and Zachary Relovsky (Kinnelon, NJ).
Leading The Way
– Graduate student Chris Connollygraduate student Sam Eisenstadt and senior Matthew Hill will serve as the team’s captains for the upcoming 2022 campaign.
– The trio has combined to play in 131 career games to date for the Gorillas.
Band of Brothers
– The 2022 Massachusetts men’s lacrosse roster features two pairs of siblings in Kevin Tobin and Mike Tobin and James Caddigan and Matt Caddigan† It marks the first time since 2001 that UMass has had two sets of brothers on its active roster. Other Gorilla brothers include…
Bret Caretsky (2005-06) and PJ Caretsky (2005-06)
Jim Connolly (2006-09) and Ryan Connolly (2002-05)
Chris Gabrielli (1998-2001) and Keith Gabrielli (1998-2001)
Brendan Hegarty (2014-16) and Tyler Hegarty (2012)
John Hutchen (1997, ’99, 2000) and Paul Hutchen (1999, 2001, ’02)
Derek Kunkel (2001-02) and Rich Kunkel (1998-2001)
Anthony Reale (2016-2019) and Joe Reale (2006-09)
Ben Spencer (2016-19) and Devin Spencer (2017-2021)
Gene Tundo (2002-06) and Matt Tundo (2004)
Massachusetts had three individuals selected to the 2022 Preseason All-CAA Team. midfielder Kevin Tobindefenseman Sam Eisenstadt and goalkeeper Matt Knote represented UMass on the list of honorees.
– Tobin appeared in all 10 games in 2021 and made seven starts as a member of the first-line midfield or attack and was a 2021 Division 1 NEILA All New England Second Team honoree.
– Eisenstadt collected his second consecutive All-CAA Second Team accolade at close defense in 2021, as he also earned a spot in 2019. He registered the most groundballs among UMass defensemen (25) and caused seven turnovers as well.
– Knote is coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him post a 10.81 goals against average and a .536 save percentage over 10 games. The Speonk, NY, native also notched 14 groundballs and three caused turnovers in 2021, making 10 or more saves in eight games with 12+ in five outings. He was an All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Tournament Team selection last season while also earning a spot on the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll.
– UMass will open CAA action against #20 Delaware on Saturday, April 2 on Garber Field at 1 pm The Gorillas will travel to their first CAA road game of the season on Saturday, April 9, at Towson at noon, before returning home to face Fairfield on Saturday, April 16 at 3:30 pm