#17 UMass Lacrosse Opens at Sacred Heart (with Video)

The Minutemen have the ninth-best mark among all teams in the NCAA since 2001 with an 91-46 record for a 66.4 win percentage mark. That includes five seasons with 12 or more wins including a school record 13 wins in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The Minutemen were second on the list coming into the 2007 season.

Lucky Number 11

UMass has won 44 games in a row when scoring 11 or more goals including four 11-plus efforts in 2009. UMass beat Rutgers 11-10 in overtime in the regular-season finale to go along with 12-6 wins over Fairfield (4/21) and St. John's (4/4) and a 18-6 win over Yale (2/28).

The streak goes back over the last eight years in 2002 -- meaning the last four senior classes have never lost when scoring 11 or more goals. UMass' last loss when they had more than 11 came in the 2002 NCAA Quarterfinals, a 13-12 loss at Johns Hopkins.

UMass is 33-1 in its last 34 games when scoring double-figures with a 5-1 mark last year. UMass had won 29 games in a row when scoring 10 or more goals, but that streak was snapped with a 11-10 loss to Hofstra on Feb. 21, 2009. The Minutemen were 29-0 when scoring 10 or more goals from 2004-09. Prior to the loss at Hofstra, the last loss when scoring 10 goals came on May 1, 2004, a 17-10 loss at Syracuse.

Man-Down Defense Dominant

The Minutemen ranked sixth in the NCAA in man-down defense, allowing just 12 goals on 58 chances for its opponents (79.3). UMass gave up just three man-up goals in its last four games (3 of 18) including holding national champion Syracuse to 0 of 2. The Orange came into the game first in the NCAA in man-up, scoring 48 percent of the time. UMass did not allow a goal in five chances at Fairfield (4/21). In seven games last season, UMass has not allowed a man-down goal.

In 2008, UMass' man down defense was fifth in the country (.806).

UMass Wins 2009 ECAC Championship

UMass won its fourth ECAC Championship in its final season in the league, before moving to the CAA in 2010. The Minutemen won the league in thrilling fashion as Tim Balise scored the game-winning overtime goal, his fifth of the game for the 11-10 victory at Rutgers (5/2). Balise and classmate Jim Connolly (3) combined for eight goals in the win. Doc Schneider made 19 saves including one off the opening face-off win by the Rutgers.

The Minutemen also captured the league crown in 2001, 2002 and 2005. In 2002 UMass also claimed the league's automatic qualifier. The Minutemen lost the tiebreaker to Georgetown in 2001 and in 2005, the league did not have an AQ.

UMass ended in a tie with Loyola atop the ECAC at 6-1, but claimed the crown by virtue of its 8-6 win at Loyola on March 21.

UMass Claims Three 2009 ECAC Lacrosse Honors

ECAC Lacrosse Champion UMass collected three of the top honors in the conference on Tuesday as Greg Cannella was named the Coach of the Year, senior attacker Jim Connolly was named the Offensive Player of the Year and senior Doc Schneider was named the Goalie of the Year. Connolly and Schneider were joined on the ECAC First-Team by senior attacker Tim Balise and junior defenseman Diogo Godoi. Junior midfielder Bobby Hayes was named to the second team.

UMass in the NCAA Tourney

Last year was the Minutemen's 18th NCAA appearance, the ninth-most of any program in NCAA history.

In 2006, with wins over No. 6 seed Cornell, No. 3 seed Hofstra, No. 2 seed Maryland UMass was the first unseeded to team to reach the NCAA Finals since the 1997 Maryland team -- and just the fourth team all-time to reach the final as an unseeded team.

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