Know Your Enemy - UMass

Know Your Enemy - UMass




Well folks, after a 3 week bender with Lodge, I finally made it back to America sans dignity and clean criminal record and am here to give you the break down on this weeks match up. Drexel heads up to the most likely state to get you kicked out of the 5th grade spelling bee to take on the Minutemen of…haha, Minute Men, that must suck…sorry, Minutemen of UMass. Currently unranked, UMass has had a tough start to the 2013 season but has showed some signs of the strong 2012 campaign. Currently 5-6, the Minutemen are looking to bounce back after a tough loss to conference foe, Towson.

UMass’s offense is still anchored by Tewaaraton Watch List attackman, Will Manny. Sitting out for 5 games in the beginning of the 2013 season, Manny (7g, 5a) is still their best player. Like last, Manny has had plenty of help so far this year. Kyle Smith, who recently made the 100 career point list, has 29 points (19g, 10a) coming into the weekend. Rounding out the top 5 scorers on the team are attackmen Connor Mooney (14g, 6a), Matt Whippen (14g, 4a), and Grant Whiteway (13g, 5a).  The primary faceoff duties have been logged by Joe Cavello who has notched a .587 win percentage on the year.

The strength of the team so far this year is in the defense.  Freshman goalie Zach Oliveri is coming off his second CAA Rooking of the Week selections. The defense is boasting an 8.36 GAA through 11 games thus far with help from Oliveri’s Top 20 .565 save percentage. The close defense is anchored by senior Jake Smith, who was recently selected 30th by the Boston Cannons in the 2013 MLL draft. Taking on the opposing teams top middie is Ryan Hollenbaugh. A 2nd Team All CAA pick last year, Hollenbaugh currently has 12 caused turnovers and 18 gb on the year.

Our boys will have their hands full on Saturday as Garber Field has proven to be a brutal place to play for incoming opposition. Here’s to righting the ship and getting another one in the W column. Go Dragons.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.