Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - May 7
The 2012 CAA Men's Lacrosse Champion Massachusetts Minutemen, ranked No. 1 heading into NCAA Tournament play, will host ninth-ranked Colgate Saturday, May 12.
UMass' contest at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., is set for 2:30 p.m., and will air live on ESPNU and ESPN3.
The league's solo NCAA bid snaps a streak of three-straight seasons with multiple teams in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championships. The Minutemen will be making the program's 19th NCAA appearance, but the first since they joined the Colonial Athletic Association in Men's Lacrosse in 2010. The year prior to UMass joining the league (2009) it earned an NCAA berth, but fell in the opening round to Princeton.
The 16-team field includes seven conference champions with automatic qualification - American East Conference (Stony Brook), Big East (Syracuse), Colonial Athletic Association (Massachusetts), Eastern College Athletic Conference (Loyola), Ivy League (Yale), Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Canisius) and Patriot League (Lehigh). The remainder of the field was selected at large: Colgate, Denver, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Princeton and Virginia.
CAA MEN'S LACROSSE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Will Manny, Massachusetts
Jr., A, Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony's
Manny leads the league in scoring carrying a total of 43 goals into Saturday's NCAA First Round. The junior scored as many as seven goals in one game for the Minutemen (at Army, Feb. 10) and has helped lead UMass to an undefeated season mark of 15-0. Manny and Massachusetts' offense is averaging better than 13 goals a game and holds the nation's top scoring margin of 6.3 goals.
CAA MEN'S LACROSSE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dana Wilber, Drexel
Sr., D, Penn Yan, N.Y./Penn Yan
Wilber led a Drexel defense which gave up just under nine goals a game. The senior scored once this season, picked up 31 groundballs and forced 18 turnovers. Earlier this season Wilber held Virginia's Steele Stanwick, last season's Tewaaraton Award Winner, without a point. The defensive effort marked only the fourth time in Stanwick's illustrious career he was kept out of the scoring column.
CAA MEN'S LACROSSE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Ryan Belka, Drexel
Fr., M, Crofton, Md./DeMatha
Belka ranked as Drexel's fifth-leading scorer from the midfield position this season garnering 14 goals while passing out eight assists. The Crofton, Md., native logged one Rookie of the Week honor this season and was the second Rookie of the Year winner from Drexel since 2009. The Dragons' goalkeeper Mark Manos earned the honor and was also a Second Team All-CAA honoree in 2009.
CAA MEN'S LACROSSE COACH OF THE YEAR
Greg Cannella, Massachusetts
18th Season at UMass
Cannella led Massachusetts to its first undefeated regular season (13-0) since 1969 this season. The Minutemen, now 15-0 heading into Saturday's NCAA Championships as the sixth seed, lead the league and rank among the Top-3 nationally in both scoring offense (13.07 goals/game) and scoring defense (6.79 goals/game).