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Notebook: UMass men’s lacrosse misses CAA tournament

By MATT VAUTOUR @GazetteUMass
Friday, April 25, 2014
(Published in print: Saturday, April 26, 2014)

For the first time since joining the Colonial Athletic Association’s men’s lacrosse league, the University of Massachusetts won’t be participating in the league’s conference tournament.

Delaware dominated the second half to pull away for a 15-7 win Friday in Newark, Del, eliminating the Minutemen from contention and ending their season.

Friday’s game was to decide fifth place in the league’s regular season standings, but with Penn State barred from the conference tournament because it’s leaving the league next year, a fifth-place finish earned the No. 4-seed in the four-team tournament that begins Wednesday.

Nick Mariano led UMass (7-6, 1-4 CAA) with three goals and two assists, while Connor Mooney had two goals and two assists in his final college game. Mooney finished one point short of 100 in his career. Sophomore Zach Oliveri made five saves and allowed 11 goals, before giving way to senior Reed Goodhue (three saves, four goals allowed).

The defeat marked the end of a long fall for UMass, which was ranked in the top 10 of both polls in early March.

“I haven’t been more disappointed and discouraged in a long time,” UMass coach Greg Cannella said. “I’m not sure we had enough talent (on offense). We had some young guys there, but it’s hard to count on those guys. We didn’t have enough in the upper levels, the senior and junior classes. ... We haven’t won a game since March 22. As a coach it’s my job to have guys ready to play and motivate people to be ready to play and to coach them. We didn’t get through to these guys. Hopefully I can do better next year.”

HOCKEY SIGNEES — The UMass hockey team, which has been searching for a consistent answer in goal since Paul Dainton graduated in 2011, added a goalie to its incoming class.

Henry Dill, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound netminder from Columbus, Ohio, was 20-7-1 with a 2.26 goals against average for the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League.

“We are excited to have Henry be a part of our goaltending mix,” UMass coach John Micheletto said. “The Aberdeen Wings did not lose a regulation regular season game while Henry was in net from mid-January on and he was twice named the player of the week in the North American Hockey League.”

Dill took part in the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival and was on NHL Central Scouting’s North American “Ones to Watch” list in 2013.

Dill joins Anthony Petrella, a 5-9, 190-pound forward from Hilton, N.Y., who went to prep powerhouse Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn., who signed Wednesday.

In two seasons at Shattuck, Petrella had 66 goals and 64 assists, including 34 goals and 32 assists as a senior. He attended the USA Hockey Select 14 and Select 15 festivals.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE: UMass 21, St. Bonaventure 8 — The Bonnies scored the first goal of the game but the Minutewomen scored the next 12 Friday as UMass bulldozed their way to their 35th straight win against Atlantic 10 teams.

The Minutewomen (15-1, 6-0 Atlantic 10) can clinch the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament if they beat Duquesne in Sunday’s noon regular season finale.

Sam Rush (two assists) Katie Ferris (one assist) and Ellie Bullitt (one assist) each scored three goals for UMass, which had 14 goal scorers.

The Minutewomen led 15-3 at the half before coach Angela McMahon began playing her bench. Rachel Vallarelli (15 saves) and Leigh Henjes (seven) split time in goal for UMass.

TENNIS ADVANCES — The fifth-seeded UMass women’s tennis team upended No. 4 Richmond, 4-1, Friday in the Atlantic 10 tournament, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Minutewomen (13-8) will face top-seeded Virginia Commonwealth, Saturday at 10 a.m.

SOFTBALL RAMIFICATIONS — With six conference games left, the Minutewomen (11-19, 5-5 A-10) are tied for fifth and trying to hang on to a spot in the six-team Atlantic 10 tournament, which begins May 7 at Fordham. They’re trying to get back in the field after missing the tournament last year.

They’ll face Saint Joseph’s (18-16, 8-4 A-10) in a doubleheader Saturday at noon. They host Rhode Island (11-29, 4-8) for two games on Tuesday at 3 p.m., before closing the regular season May 3 with a noon twinbill against George Mason (21-16, 5-5).

BASEBALL: Fordham 10, UMass 5 — Despite three hits, two RBIs and a run scored by catcher Brandon Walsh, the Minutemen fell in the Bronx, N.Y., on Friday.

UMass led 4-0 after five innings, but the Rams scored three times in the sixth, twice in the seventh and five times in the eight to pull away.

MISCELLANEOUS — UMass soccer legends April Kater and Brianna Scurry will have their jerseys retired at the program’s annual banquet Saturday.

Junior rower Marika Kopp earned the Thomas B. and Loraine K. LeNoir Scholarship, Thursday. It is given annually by the department of landscape architecture and regional planning and the department for environmental design. Women’s lacrosse player Melissa Carelli won the academic excellence award in hospitality & tourism management, Thursday, which goes to the senior with the highest grade point average.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage

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